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Maybe Drake was right when he said Meek Mill’s “Intro (Dreams and Nightmares)” is one of the best rap moments of our generation.
The American Psychological Association examines the effectiveness of an new treatment called hip-hop therapy with predominately black teens who are from low-income families and lived in violent communities. The treatment is essentially the use of hip-hop music in therapy. Hip-hop music is “utilized to engage clients in treatment by helping establish rapport with the therapist.” The psychologist took a survey from her clients, then began listening to Chief Keef and Meek Mill’s music.
The lyrics from songs off Meek’s Dreams and Nightmares such as the “Intro” and “Traumatized” helped the psychologist understand at-risk African-American teens’s mindset because they have a similar way of thinking like the Philly MC.
The psychological study goes on to say:
Mill’s music can tell us a great deal about how violence is perpetuated in the Black community. He describes the endless cycle of violence that began (for him) with the loss of a parent. Losing his father changed his worldview; he views the world as an unsafe place where he had to commit crimes and violent acts to have his needs met. Moreover, Mill’s music highlights that rap music is one of few settings where it is acceptable for Black youth to express their feelings. Mill can freely express his feelings of pain, fear, sadness and anger in a way that is socially acceptable because it is laid out over a nice beat.
Correction June 2, 2014: An article on May 29, 2014 about the study on Meek Mill misstated the organization name. The name of the organization is actually The American Psychological Association, not The American Psychology Association