News: Meek Mill Names His Top 5 Favorite Rappers
Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 11:22PM
Maybach Music Group's Meek Mill recently discussed his upcoming Dreams & Nightmares solo album debut and his top five favorite rappers.
Mill said he hoped his forthcoming LP has the same appeal as Nas' Illmatic and 50 Cent's Get Right or Die Tryin' solo debuts.
"A lot of people been shying away from the real rapping and hip-hop. I'm really representing," Meek told Nessa. "When I come out with my album, I want to have a classic album, an Illmatic, a Hard Knock Life Jay-Z, Get Rich or Die Tryin' type, a hip-hop album." It's always nice to hear who the hottest rappers in the game look up to, and when asked who his top 5 favorite rappers were, Meek Mill said, "In no particular order, Biggie, Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas, and Lil Wayne." (The Versed)
Last May, Meek crowned Nasty Nas one of his all-time favorite rappers.
"Nas is one of the best rappers ever. Just having him in the studio, that's a big thing to me. I grew up listening to this guy. I came and I played the beat for him and he liked my music, so we just vibed out," he said, explaining that the feeling of his unfinished songs will dictate guest features on 'Dreams & Nightmares'. "If I have a song that sounds like it fits Nicki [Minaj] the best or it fits T.I. the best, that's the people I would sort of lean towards getting on them songs. But it depends on how the songs fit the person." (Billboard)
Recently, New York producer Dame Grease told SOHH Mill is the hottest rap newcomer.
"I can tell you who's the best new artist, that I like, with the lyrics and style. I like Meek Mill," Grease told SOHH. "He's like the f*ckin' only rapper that's been out for the past couple years. You gotta understand, man, I'm from the era of rapping on the corner in Harlem where the dude raps, you might get slapped at the same time. At the same time, that made me think about how DMX and The LOX came out with straight bars. So of course being straight bars, it's always a part of it but knowing how the game goes, I've gotta re-forecast my direction toward image, different things. You know what I'm saying? Movement. Originality. Those different things, you know what I'm saying? But my basis is straight bars. You know what I'm saying? Straight bars. I ain't gonna lie, for years, ain't nobody kick no bars like, 'Ohh. Ohh, that's deep.'" (SOHH)
Earlier this year, Meek officially joined forces with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.
"That's the new deal I put together," Meek said in an interview. "Me coming up in this rap game, I was always an underground artist coming up by myself and making all of the moves by myself. And my manager - he's just like me, we've been coming up in the streets by ourselves. So we just decided to partner up with Roc Nation and take things to another level. ... I think it's going to take me to the next level. I've got Warner Bros. behind me, Maybach Music Group, and Roc Nation; some of the most powerful people in the game. That's like 80 percent of the game right there. You know, Ca$h Money, they like family. So it's like you've got everyone on your team at one time, and it feels good to have all that behind you at once. It's like a force that can't be stopped." (Life + Times)
Check out some recent Meek Mill footage below: