Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill can expect his long-awaited Dreams & Nightmares debut to enjoy an impressive first-week with projections up to 200,000.
Based on one-day estimates, Meek should easily crush his competition.
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, 2Chainz, 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)
Recently, Mill spoke on building up a strong fan base prior to hooking up with MMG leader Rick Ross.
“Me, I don’t rely on no man in the world. I don’t think no man determines my future,” Milly said on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live” in response to a Joe Budden question about Ross’ effect on the rookie MC’s career. “When I met Ross, I was onstage in front of 30,000 people and he watchin’ from the side, like, ‘Yeah, this a good investment,’ ” Meek said, referencing the annual Powerhouse concert in his native Pennsylvania, which he now performs at every year. “I was already on my train; my train was rollin’. I just jumped on a train that made sense.” (MTV)
The Philadelphia rapper recently shared his thoughts on getting big co-signs from celebrities like Will Smith and Jay-Z.
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)
Check out some recent Meek Mill footage below: