Now an album like this is really hard to analyse. There’s so many hidden meanings, double entendres and philosophical, thought provoking ideas that it’s mind blowing. Oh wait, I’m reviewing DWMTM. What am I saying – scratch everything I just said. Meek doesn’t surprise anyone with his sophomore album: When he’s not yelling over some tough beats (which he does a lot), this album is feels like a love letter to Nicki Minaj.
Meek fans know what they’re getting from the man himself. Aggressive, loud and cocky is his style. The unique thing about Meek is that he usually incorporates a few deep, story driven songs on his tapes which can range from motivational to emotionally upsetting stories of his upbringing.
Me myself, I’m a huge Meek fan. I first listened to him when he had nappy braids and was rapping about WANTING Nicki Minaj. It’s crazy (and kind of creepy) how that’s actually come true, and Meek uses Nicki as a kind of symbol throughout the album of being able to reach your goals.
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) October 26, 2010
Meek kicks off the album with “Lord Knows”, following the tradition of his intro’s being ‘turn up anthems’. Sampling Mozart himself in this one, he splits provocative lines like:
“shoutout the judge that denied me my bail, it made me smarter and made me go harder, they locked me up and slowed my album up, but I did not give up cos I knew I’d prevail”
“I got my own puma’s I designed ’em for ’em”
While it doesn’t match the insane heights reached by his previous intro on “Dreams and Nightmares”, this song is still awesome.
Following that is “Classic”, produced by Bangladesh and Swizz Beats. This song has a really fun, casual vibe. I personally don’t like the beat, but Meek’s flow is so smooth on this it almost sounds like a freestyle. “Jump out the face” comes next, which is the druggy anthem of the album. Future sports that ever so popular Migos kind of flow. It’s pretty catchy and one of my favourites on the album.
Other notable songs are “R.I.C.O” featuring Drake and the poppy and made-for-radio “All eyes on you” with Nicki and Chris Brown.
I can’t help but wish there was more songs like “Cold Hearted”, the last song on the album where Meek gets deeper, and speaks about the hardships he’s faced in life, particularly dealing with family and friends who turn on you once you attain the fame. “Mummy was a booster, daddy was a shooter, shorty couldn’t blame me when I went and copped the ruger”. Songs like this show that meek actually has remarkable talent in the art of rap, he’s able to evoke emotions from you through his word play and metaphors, and you feel yourself in his shoes. That’s what disappoints me about Meek, he chooses to rap about the things that don’t matter like flexing about all the things he has, even though he has this ability that he only brings out sometimes in which he can give you his vulnerable side and take you on a journey into his story.
As a Meek Mill album, DWMTM doesn’t disappoint. As a project it’s definitely better than his freshman debut, though it follows the formula that he has created for himself. A few bangers, followed by a few songs for the ladies, a few songs about ladies and then the token emotional joint. There’s nothing wrong with it at all, as a Meek fan I’m happy. I just see so much potential for him to explore a different side of himself and give us something we don’t expect. Taking him as he is, listening to Meek is like watching a good horror movie. Sometimes you know when the jumps are coming, but it still scares you and when it comes to his style of rap, Meek’s ability is paranormal.