Meek Mill’s new album, Championships, dropped yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. I will be the first to say that I am not a die-hard Meek fan, partly because after a while, his cadence starts to annoy me and sometimes I feel like he is hollering way too much. All that aside, I listened to the album with an open mind. It has 19 songs and several features. You all already know my feeling on albums with over 12 songs, overkill. Give me a good 10-12 songs and I’m good, but I’ll let Meek rock because he had a lot of ground to cover after his stint in jail. Overall the project is very cohesive and Meek shows tremendous growth artistically. His subject matter is poignant and very relevant to his current situation and surprisingly I don’t feel like he is hollering as much as he normally does, there is a good balance.
I really enjoyed 8 of the 19 songs, which isn’t bad, and that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the others. The Intro immediately piqued my interest, I am always here for a Phil Collins sample. I immediately thought of the Beanie Sigel classic song “Feel It In The Air” this was a great opening for the album. Trauma samples one of my favorite Mobb Deep songs “Get Away’ and we find Meek discussing the trauma of being black in America, his lyrics paint a vivid picture. On On Me Meek rides a Bangladesh beat and shows that he can keep up with the current crop of rappers, and I am always HERE for a Cardi B feature. What’s Free is my favorite track on the album partly because it samples “What’s Beef” by the late great Notorious B.I.G. and features Rick Ross and Jay-Z. Of course, Jay steals the show with his verse, but Meek is able to hold his own with these two rap heavyweights. Respect The Game is my second favorite track it features the Jay-Z classic, “Dead Presidents” Meek runs the rules of the game down, it puts me in the mindset “Ten Crack Commandments”.
The title track Championships is very soulful and introspective, I want to hear this track with a live band. Drake and Meek link back up for Going Bad after a well-publicized beef, it was good to hear them back together again because they make good music together. 24/7 is the requisite girl song that every male rapper must have on their album, featuring Ella Mai and sampling Beyoncé’s “Me, Myself, & I” This one needs to be sent to radio immediately! On Oodles O’ Noodles Babies Meek speaks on the plight black youths growing up in the hood in a way only he can. Sampling Mother’s Finest “Loves Changes” only adds to the vividness of the story he is telling. Cold Hearted II picks up where the other one left off and Meek addresses how money has affected his relationships with family and friends.
Championships is an amazing project, and that’s coming from someone who is not a die-hard Meek Mill fan. A great comeback album for an artist that many counted out after he went to jail. With this album, Meek showed us that he is here to stay.
Whut, say you?