The Rundown: Meek Mill, Dreams and Nightmares

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"Dreams and Nightmares"

Meek Mill hits a home run on the first pitch with the title track. The song—and album—opens with a pensive piano line and no drums (get used to that; it’s a recurring theme of the production throughout the album) and Meek going aspirational. It’s the “dreams” portion of the title. But a third of the way in, the “nightmare” starts: The beat switches on a dime to a minor key, with the pretty pianos giving way to evil pizzicato synths and mean-mugging, Lex Luger-inspired 808s and hihats. Meek starts rapping about murder, mayhem and back-stabbers (also an album theme). Musically, lyrically and conceptually, it sets the bar sky-high. (Spoiler alert: That ends up being a bad thing.)

 (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET)

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