Dreams and Nightmares
Label: MMG/Warner Records
Meek Mill's high-octane approach yields rewards like "Young Kings" and "Tony Story Pt. 2." The Philadelphia rapper attacks with a commanding sense of rhythm and wordplay; his "Traumatized" shines as he remembers his dead loved ones with visions of revenge and homicide. If there's a problem with Dreams and Nightmares, it's that he doesn't go hard enough. Meek's Auto-Tuned verse and Kirko Bangz's predictable sing-song chorus on "Young & Gettin' It"; and "Maybach Curtains," which is a Rick Ross song in all but name, are just a few of the road blocks on this uneven street rap opus.