Ever the storyteller, Meek Mill uses his new video for “Oodles O’Noodles Babies” to detail the hardships faced by families torn apart by the prison system. The cinematic clip follows a little boy who, while making himself some instant noodles, watches his father go to prison. That boy then grows up and becomes a father himself. He faces challenges similar to that of his father and worries about the effects of his actions on his son’s life.
The video highlights the difficult decision faced by so many living in poverty — do you lead a life of crime that can support your family in the short term, or do you try to play the long-game and change your situation entirely?
The King has returned, and he did so with much fanfare. March 15 was the start of the Meekend, and Philly’s favorite rapper, Meek Mill, kicked it off with his first sold-out headlining concert at The Met Philadelphia, his first hometown show since his release from prison last year.
Meek’s welcome home was a rather grandiose experience. Social media was plastered with images of Meek exiting SCI Chester, hopping on a helicopter heading to the Well Fargo Center to catch a Sixers game court-side with his son.
With the support of part-owner of the Sixers, Michael Rubin, as well as District Attorney Larry Krasner, and Jay Z, Meek has become the celebrity face of prison reform. This new role is an interesting juxtaposition for an artist who has been very vocal about his involvement in illegal street activity, though the two are not mutually exclusive. The reason for Meek’s latest incarceration stint was arguably low stakes — a probation violation that stemmed from a guns and drug case that he acquired when he was 19 years old.
For a while, Meek was going through a seemingly never-ending series of L’s, of course significantly less consequential than his incarceration. These losses included a highly publicized beef with Drake, where the Canadian rapper released to back-to-back dis songs, before our local fav could even get a word in edgewise. Meek also found himself single after he and his long-term girlfriend Nicki Minaj broke up. Funny enough, Philly folk did not hesitate to bump any of Drake’s diss tracks. Despite all this Philly still loves them some Meek and it showed during the Meekend. Continue reading →
It’s hard to be from Philadelphia and not be proud of Meek Mill.
You don’t have to be a die-hard. You don’t have to agree with every decision that he’s ever made. But it’s pretty difficult not to respect this man’s grind when 15 years ago, rap DVDs like 2 Raw For The Streets could be found in any high school from Philadelphia all the way out to Reading and Willow Grove, and on them you would often see the beginning stages of a young dreamer chasing his dreams. It’s also hard not to salute Meek Mill when 10 years ago, February 24th, 2009, he released what his city would know as the match that started it all…better known as Flamers 2. Continue reading →
Though the folks over at Saturday Night Live are offering this season’s first clunker of a musical guest this coming weekend — the generic dude rock band everyone loves to hate, Greta Van Fleet — they’ve redeemed themselves today by announcing the January 26th musical guest: Philly rapper Meek Mill.
On the heels of his Championships LP, released in December, Meek is making his debut on the late night sketch comedy show; that week’s host is Glaswegian actor James McAvoy, who stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, out January 18th. Continue reading →
Here’s one we missed over the holiday weeks: a new video from Philly rapper Meek Mill that adds a gripping visual dimension to his song “Trauma,” a song that already has layers of impact at the top of his new Championships album. Continue reading →
If the four pillars of Meek Mill‘s latest output are hedonism, celebration, oppression, and determination, they all converge on the opening track to Championships, the current #1-album-in-the-country — not to mention its high-octane music video, which just dropped this week. Continue reading →
In a recent New York Times op-ed, South Philly-born, North Philly-raised rapper Meek Mill laid out a harrowing first-person account of how he has been railroaded by a lying cop and a judge with a grudge. Reading through this sad and horrific account, a broader question begs to be asked: if this could happen to a rich and famous Black Man, how many others have had their lives swallowed up by an unfathomably cruel and racist justice system?
Since his dramatic helicopter-led release from prison before game five of the Sixers vs. Heat playoff series, Meek has (metaphorically) hit the ground running. Dropping new music, spearheading several charitable efforts in the city, and refashioning himself as an advocate for criminal justice reform. Earlier in the year, his song “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” served as the official soundtrack of the Philadelphia Eagles storied Super Bowl run. As he sat in a cell, the streets were filled with his music while the people organized mass rallies demanding he be freed. Meek Mill had become the spiritual symbol of a city’s ambition and determination, but more importantly, his celebrity and (most of) his music would come to represent something bigger. Continue reading →
Rapper, activist and Philly native Meek Mill has announced The Motivation Tour, which will take him across the US following the release of his newalbum Championships. The tour kicks off in February and includes a hometown appearance at The Met on March 15.
Championships, which is out November 30, will be Meek Mill’s first full-length release since 2017’s Wins & Losses; in the interim he put out an EP called Legends Of The Summer, which you can revisit below. Since his own release from prison this past April, Meek Mill has used his platform to advocate for reform of the criminal justice system, appearing everywhere from local rallies to national television. Continue reading →