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Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 2

Meek Mill is closing in on his moment of truth. The 2011 XXL Freshman is set to drop his highly anticipated solo debut, Dreams & Nightmares, in August. The LP will reveal whether or not Meek’s success through mixtapes, smash singles and guest appearances can actually translate into record sales.

Before that, though, the vocally animated Philadelphia MC unleashes the sequel to his celebrated 2011 Dreamchasers mixtape, with Dreamchasers 2, again hosted by DJ Drama. The tape gets off to a blazing start on “Intro”—with Meek using a classic quote-monster-of-a-clip from Iron Mike Tyson, in which the former heavyweight champ preaches his unmatched authenticity. Meek does exactly the same, separating himself from studio street rappers with lines like, “Realest nigga in it, all you gotta do is say it/If a nigga rap dissin’ when I see him I’ma spray him.”

Tinkering with rap classics has historically been bad for business, but the 25-year-old makes “Ready or Not” his own on the All Star-produced revamp. Sampling Enya’s “Boadicea”—just as The Fugees did for their blockbuster single of the same name 16 years ago—the track features Meek offering I-told-you-so bars and rhyming about betrayal in the wake of his newfound fame.

The MMG MC takes listeners to church on “Amen”—a sultry Drake and Jeremih-assisted track that’s sure to garner spins through the summer. The tape falls into a momentarily lull with “A1 Everything” and “Use to Be,” but the slump, expectedly, doesn’t persist. More standouts abound, including “Flexing,” “Big Dreams,” the star-studded “House Party (Remix)” featuring Fabolous, Wale and Mac Miller, as well as “Str8 Like That.”

The tape reflects an evolution in Meek’s subject matter. While Dreamchasers documented Meek’s struggles, its sequel speaks on hardships in the past tense. “Every other month I make a million, “ as he boasts on “Ready or Not,” is more of a familiar theme, here. At 20 tracks, Dreamchasers 2 is sort of a long-player, but it fulfills its purpose in prepping Meek’s fans for the main event. —Carl Chery (@cchery)

  • HIP HOP OG

    XL

    TOLD YOU

    YOU PEOPLE ARE WAY TO PREDICTABLE

    XXL HAS GONE DOWN HILL SINCE THE DAYS I USED TO BUY IT

    • Feersome Threesome

      The homie Michael Valenica said that XXl has been corputed ever since the Illumanti has corrputed them you guys have made Rap music WORSER

      • Mamon Chacon

        Yeeeee?

  • Joey

    Once again, B.o.B gets L lyrics and Meek Mill gets XL? Come on XXL

    • Trev DaSaint

      wat yu mean bob aint saying shit plus bob aint shut down datpiff with 2,000,000 downloads in a day now did he oh alright give respect where is due and meek mill earned every bit of it

      • Sir Escobar

        B.o.B is a way better lyricist than Meek Mill, thats for sure. How Strange Clouds got an L in lyrics i will never know. I’ll give respect, where respect is due cause this tape is fire, but honestly, B.o.B is lyrically better than Meek Mill, end of story.

        • jhwg624

          B.o.B is the number one sell out his album was a pop album with the acception of Strange clouds

  • irishguy1092

    this is a terrible review im sorry but this so called review doesnt give any insight into the quality of the mixtape, for a magazine that is made for music you should get some better writers

  • BangEm

    lol XXL is so garbage nowadays, I guess the wack music warred off on XXL

  • http://xxl Mirko

    everybody is hating if you dont like the site or reviews then dont get on it lol simple as that!!1

  • Feersome Threesome

    Best Mixtape out there i never heardsomething better than it is it is WORSER than Chacon-PhotoDream

  • Kidyugi

    aye learn how to spell ^^

  • http://bravoweb.lausd.k12.ca.us/ Mamon Chacon

    yee

  • igotacos

    ummm, a1 everythinG and use to be were some of the best songs on the tape

  • I GOT GLOCKS

    XXL HAS BEEN MAKIN SOME STUPID DECISIONS AS OF RECENT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE FREASHMAN LIST WAS SO FUCKIN STUPID! SHIT WAS GOOD FOR YEARS. YA’LL MUST HAVE CHANGED UR STAFF OR SOMTHIN CUZ ITS REALLY WACK NOW. YAZ SHOULD DO AN ARTICLE ON HOW BAD THE MAGAZINE HAS GOT. IM THIS CLOSE TO CANCLING MY SUBSCRIPTION AND PICKIN UP COMPLEX.

  • nquestion

    I fucks with meek reminds me of a young jadakiss on the come up it wont be log before this brotha is one of the creme of the crop MC”S as long as he keeps his head on straight big up’s meek keep the fire coming DAWG !!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Matrix

    #HipHopLeague.com

  • swype-matic

    Lyrics should have been an L, cause Meek Mill does nothing but yell throughout every single verse. Does this dude even have on inside voice?? this guy sounds like he records his music in a football stadium. And Jahlil Beats basically Lex Lugered his way throughout the whole thing making the same beat over and over.

    • SDK

      LOL

  • BIGED

    XXL SUCKS COCK ALREADY.. EVERY TIME SOME REAL SHIT DROPS THEY WONT EVEN REVIEW IT OR ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT EVEN EXISTS, BUT THEIR ALL OVER WEEK MILL AND WIZ KHALIFAS NUTS. SHOWBIZ AND AG JUST DROPPED A CLASSIC PARTLY PRODUCED BY DJ PREMIER BUT U WILL NEVER SEE IT REVIEWED. IF U ASK ME THE INTERNET IS FUCKIN THE GAME UP

  • Meek Millions

    how could you hate on A1 Everything. Kendrick’s verse is arguably verse of the year. Thats messed up.

    • Smoovio

      You clearly don’t know music that was one of Kendricks wackest verses…not his type of song

  • rickbeezy

    People need to learn that its not just about lyricism. Its about being able to make a HOT album and still be lyrical at the same time. You have to be versatile in this game.

  • SDK

    LOL XXL FAIL ONCE AGAIN !!

  • John Cochran

    Been listening to Meek since headshots DVDs, but this tape is way overhyped, Id give it an L….

    gotinstrumgentals.com/mixtapes/DeLEmpereurSonInstrumentalsVol1-11968.htm

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    Honestly this rating is not what he deserved .. nuff said …. btw if your an independent artist and you need help with online promotion and PR so that you can build a fan base then hit up ——-> iceberg artist management . com

  • WaveGod

    How can a mixtape possibly get a perfect XXL on originality when its 2012 and everything has already been done in this rap game?