Meek Mill has turned his Dreamcatcher mixed tape series into a contract with Roc Nation, vouchers from Mariah Carey and Nas, and an U.S. headlining tour. This is a young MC who cannot help but start a firestorm, whether it is in a rush to give him props or in rush to condemn him. For every announcement that MTV has listed him among the hottest MCs of the year there is speculation that he has put him in the middle of a celebrity studded barroom brawl. At this stage of the game no press is bad press, and Meek Mill tickets will take any help they can get.
This is especially true considering the delay in the release of his debut album, Dreams & Nightmares. The record company had planned to release the full-length studio album this summer, but the brawl and a call to boycott his first single from the album caused Roc Nation to choose to let the controversy cool. Now an impressive YouTube video for that single (“Amen”) has helped the call to condemn the rapper pass. The song mixes the tale of a night of partying and hooking up with religious imagery. In fact, to fan the flames of controversy, Drake, the man involved in the bar fight, is featured in this track.
So, while Dreams and Nightmares sits on the shelf until October 30, Meek Mill will be on a summer tour to smooth things over by killing it at venues across the country. Mill was scheduled to extend his tour for a European leg, but this has been canceled. Rap fans across the Atlantic will have to wait a few more months before getting a chance to listen to more tracks from a rapper who is not ashamed of the lifestyle he leads and manages to keep it real all the while. He knows who his fans are and he knows who is chasing fame. He knows he is the face of rap in Philly and he knows he is getting the kind of support that could take him to the next level.