Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill has addressed the high projections for his new Dreams & Nightmares solo album and said he is not worried about the final tally.
Meek specifically acknowledged a possible impact this week’s publicized Hurricane Sandy could have on his sales.
“Yeah, it’ll affect it a little bit … but I ain’t really trippin’ on the first week, man,” Meek told MTV News on Wednesday (October 31). “My album will sustain itself just like my mixtapes. I continued to rap all year long. I toured on mixtapes that been put out almost a year ago, two years ago, you know, it really shouldn’t be a problem. It’s kinda damaging for the first two days, but luckily we got iTunes, and when stores open up today or tomorrow, we’ll get back on track.” (MTV)
He also downplayed the significant opening week projections Dreams & Nightmares is likely to live up to.
“I don’t really know what the final numbers will be. I ain’t God, so I can’t predict,” Meek said. “I never had an album before. I don’t know what range it could be in or how it could go, but I’ll just hope for the best, like I always do.” (MTV)
If all goes accordingly, the album is expected to possibly crack the 200,000 sold records mark.
With much of the East Coast still digging its way out from superstorm Sandy’s wake, there’s a larger margin of error than usual in this week’s numbers. But Maybach/Warner Bros. hip-hop phenom Meek Mill is stepping out strong, leading the key debuts with a projected 175-200k for his Dreams & Nightmares. He’s got a huge constituency in New York, though, so the figures we’re seeing may be unusually susceptible to this very inclement weather. (HITS Daily Double)
The album’s A&R Dallas hit up SOHH this week to give readers five reasons to cop Meek’s debut.
“He’s got the dopest artists in the game featured on the album. [Features include] Drake, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Wale, Mary J. Blige and Trey Songz. We got some of the hottest producers and the best production that’s been out in a while on any album. He worked with Boi-1da, Kane Beatz, Jahlil Beats and Beat Bully. [The album’s] got some of the best storytelling since Nas and Slick Rick. I think this album will put [Meek] in the elite rapper category.” (SOHH 5 Reasons)
Check out some recent Meek Mill footage below: