News: Jay-Z's Unreleased Meek Mill "Dreams & Nightmares" Verse Pops Up [Audio]
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 12:00PM
Rap mogul Jay-Z's unreleased contribution to Maybach Music Group artist Meek Mill's Dreams & Nightmares solo album has surfaced weeks after the LP hit store shelves.
According to reports, Young Hov never approved the track due to his displeasure in its overall quality.
Blue Ivy's dad was originally slated to appear on the Trey Songz and Rick Ross-assisted, "Lay Up." Proving that he is, in fact, human, Jay never gave the green light to release his verse due to his own unhappiness with what he recorded. Not much remains in the dark from big studio sessions such as these and thanks to the powers that be, here's the 16 the face of the Brooklyn Nets probably didn't want the public to hear. Flaunting the power of his bank account, Jay has had much better "stunting" verses in the past (like this one). Then again, if one is looking for a silver lining, at least it's not "Ghetto Techno"-bad. Anywho, Meek doesn't appear on this version, while Rozay brings a new verse to the table. In other words, archive material. Nothing more, nothing less. (Smoking Section)
Last month, Meek revealed how much influence Jay had on his debut.
Jay isn't a yes-man, however, and in an effort to assist the "I'ma Boss" rapper on his debut, the veteran MC had no problem giving his honest opinion. Meek recalled a particular track he played for Jay that didn't quite hit the mark. " 'Don't even worry about that joint, go to the next one,' " Mill remembered Jay saying about the unnamed song. "Hov will mess up your whole confidence," he continued. "That joint might not even make the album no more because you got a great like that telling you [no]." (MTV)
Recently, Mill talked about getting co-signs from Jay and Hollywood star Will Smith amongst other notable celebrities.
On Oct. 10, a few more-than-notable guests stopped by a listening party for Meek Mill 's "Dreams & Nightmares" at New York's Electric Lady Studios. Jay-Z and Will Smith poked their heads into the private event before the Maybach Music Group rapper previewed his album for a small crowd. By the end of the evening, producer/singer The-Dream, Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson, labelmate Wale and Maybach head Rick Ross had all shown up to support the 25-year-old MC. "He's earned this himself," Ross told the crowd. "I'm just proud of the homey." "Dreams & Nightmares," due Oct. 30 on Maybach/Warner Bros. Records, is only Mill's studio debut. But the star-studded event demonstrated the buzz he already has. "Any time you see your work being recognized by some of the greatest in the game, it feels good," says Mill, born Robert Williams. "It serves as motivation." (Billboard)
Despite lacking Jay's "Lay Up" remix verse, the rapper's LP has sold over 220,000 copies since its release.
Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill's Dreams & Nightmares moved down 20 positions to No. 28 with 21,300. With three weeks knocked out, the Philadelphia emcee's solo debut has sold 227,200 units. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out the "Lay Up" remix: