It’s hard to believe Meek Mill is just now releasing his debut studio album. Between his contributions to MMG’s Self Made series, and his Dreamchasers series, Meek already feels like a bonafide superstar. He’s come a long way from the streets of Philly to becoming the ace of the biggest bawse in the game. Here at XXL, we’re eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s release, but before you go cop Dreams & Nightmares, here’s Meek’s 15 Most Essential Songs to date. —XXL Staff
Meek Mill "In My Bag" Flamers (2008)
Meek Mill "Make Em Say" Flamers 3 (2010)
Why it’s essential: Off his Flamers 3 mixtape, “Make Em Say” was another local smash that led to Meek starting to get attention outside the city.
Meek Mill "Rosé Red" Flamers 3 (2010)
Why it’s essential: A young and braided Meek Mill started to get some major looks with “Rose Red”, off his popular Flamers series. The remix to “Rose Red” featured T.I., Vado, and Rick Ross, his first collaboration with man that would sign him to his MMG imprint.
Meek Mill & Rick Ross "Tupac Back" Self Made Vol. 1 (2011)
Why it's essential: This Mike WiLL banger with Rick Ross was Meek’s first big hit and the lead single off Maybach Music’s 2011 compilation album Self Made Vol. 1.
Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross "Ima Boss" Self Made Vol. 1 (2011)
Why it's essential: Another smash featuring the Bawse, “Ima Boss” was Meeks second single from the MMG compilation that further solidified Meeks new place in the spotlight.
Meek Mill ft. Young Chris "House Party" Dreamchasers (2011)
Why it's essential: This infectious party jam was Meek's first smash sans the Bawse. Proof that MMG's rookie was more than capable of anchoring tracks on his own.
Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross & Yo Gotti "Don't Panic" Dreamchasers (2011)
Why it’s essential: Meek, Ross & Gotti drop some words of wisdom on how to deal with the boys in blue. Meek’s often credited for his relentless delivery over substance but it’s songs like “Don’t Panic” and “Tony Story” that show his ability to paint a picture.
Meek Mill "Tony Story" Dreamchasers (2011)
Why it's essential: Mixtape Meek flexes his storytelling skills on this no-hook cut that chronicles a story of greed and revenge off his critically acclaimed 2011 mixtape, Dreamchasers.
Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross "Body Count" Dreamchasers (2011)
Why it’s essential: Say goodbye to your loved ones. Meek and Ross catch a few bodies on this trunk rattling Dreamchasers standout.
Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross "Work" Dreamchasers (2011)
Why it’s essential: Hard to question Meek & Rozay’s work ethic as they continuously churn out high voltage banger after high voltage banger. The MMG camp certainly’s willing to put in overtime.
Meek Mill "Big Dreams" Dreamchasers 2 (2012)
Meek Mill "Flexing" Dreamchasers 2 (2012)
Why it’s essential: Between keys and heavy bass courtesy of Jahlil Beats, Meek stunts on the haters in the reckless fashion that’s become synonymous with the Philadelphia rapper.
Meek Mill ft. Big Sean "Burn" Dreamchasers 2 (2012)
Why it’s essential: Another DC2 standout, Meek Mill pairs up with fellow former XXL Freshman Big Sean for this pedal to the metal banger.
Meek Mill “Lean Wit It” Dreamchasers 2 (2012)
Why it's essential: “Lean Wit’ It” is quintessential Meek. His tireless flow unravels over pavement-tested production, this time courtesy of frequent MMG collaborator, Cardiak.
Meek Mill ft. Jeremih & Drake "Amen" Dreamchasers 2 (2012)
Why it's essential: We all know this one—the first song we heard off Meek’s debut album Dreams & Nightmares and his most successful single to date, peaking at #5 on the Hip-Hop Singles chart. This Drake and Jeremih assisted megahit came out in June and is still getting airplay, no matter what a Philadelphia pastor has to say about it.