At a listening party in New York last week, Meek Mill didn’t sit down once. He bounced around to potential Dreamchasers 3 cuts for a solid two hours, his pride in his work palpable. He also talked about his desire to stay true to street music in spite of his success. Meek’s indeed a rare case, whose music hasn’t changed much since his pre-fame tapes While I’d argue the first Dreamchasers tape, from 2011, is Meek’s best, Dreamchasers 3 comes closest to following up its glory. The truly electrifying moments here, though, have emotional heft rather than party ether; there’s nothing as undeniable, club-wise, as “House Party” or “Levels,” but the freestyle from Lil Snupe—Meek’s 18-year-old protégé, who was murdered in June—and tribute track “Lil Nigga Snupe” are gut-wrenching.
Highlights: Nicki Minaj’s purr before her “Dope Dealer” verse. Birdman and Diddy joining forces on “I’m Leanin,” resulting in the Watch the Throne of expensive shit-talking. Lil Snupe’s freestyle—the dude could seriously rap.
WTF: “Fuckin With Me,” featuring Tory Lanez, is produced by Scott Storch, and probably the time I’ve seen the producer’s name in a non-cocaine-related context since 2007.