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Watch Meek Mill’s powerful new video for “Oodles O’Noodles Babies”

Meek Mill | photo by Lissa Alicia for WXPN

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?

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Cheers for the Freakin’ Meekend: A triumphant Meek Mill headlines The Met Philly

Meek Mill | photo by Lissa Alicia for WXPN

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 →

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10 Years Ago, Meek Mill released Flamers 2, the match that started it all

Meek Mill’s Flamers 2 | via Genius.com

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 →

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Just Announced: Meek Mill brings The Motivation Tour to The Met

Meek Mill at Made In America | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Rapper, activist and Philly native Meek Mill has announced The Motivation Tour, which will take him across the US following the release of his new album 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 →

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Drake, Migos and Meek Mill rock the first “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour date at Wells Fargo Center

Drake | Photo by Jesse Faatz/Wells Fargo Center

Never underestimate the power of a hit. Or 180+ of them, the number of songs that Drake has placed across several smash single forums in his decade working the ropes of the recording biz. For when Drizzy and Atlanta’s Quavo, Offset and Takeoff‎ sold out the first of two shows for its “Aubrey & The Three Migos” showcase at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, there was little for the pairing to do, but perform its wealth of best-known songs. The fact that Philly’s own Meek Mill, Drake’s longtime nemesis, joined the party at the end of Drizzy’s set just made the night that much greater.

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Listen to Meek Mill talk about justice reform and the importance of voting in a phone interview with CNN’s Don Lemon

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Meek Mill | still from video

This past Monday night, Philly rapper Meek Mill called in for an interview on “CNN Tonight” to speak with Don Lemon, who also recently visited Meek in prison. In the interview, the two discussed Meek’s ongoing legal battle, Judge Genece Brinkley, and the status of Meek’s hearing in relation to the credibility of arresting officer Reginald Graham, who is the sole witness in Meek’s original 2008 gun and drug case. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill seeks justice in “1942 Flows” music video

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Meek Mill | still from video

Among the ongoing legal battle currently imprisoning rapper Meek Mill, the music video to his Wins and Losses cut “1942 Flows” has been released. The video starts off with muffled clamor from the press in a believable alternate reality, where one reporter asks, “Meek, you’re just getting out of prison, how does it feel to be part of the system?” To which he replies, “I feel like a free slave… It’s time to level up, to stand up and be the person I be. Set an example for the young brothers coming up.” Continue reading →

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Watch a Noisey Raps doc on Philly’s Meek Mill

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Meek Mill | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly MC Meek Mill takes a lot of shit and talks a lot of shit, whether he’s beefing with his hip-hop peers over ghostwriting and freestyling, getting ridiculed by certain segments of the music press or vowing to never get into digital rumbles ever again. Something that’s important to keep into perspective, though. Dude can rap, dude has a vision and a message, and he is driven to bring those things to his fans. Continue reading →

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Lushlife’s new playlist will have you ready for Eagles’ stretch run

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Lushlife | Photo by Ebru Yildiz ebruyildiz.net | courtesy of the artist

Just when you were ready to hang up that green jersey and start making Sunday afternoon plans for the rest of the season season, the ever-mystifying Philadelphia Eagles get their biggest win of the year Sunday afternoon by beating the New England Patriots. Who better to help you celebrate the surprising victory than Philly son Lushlife?
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