The Rundown: Meek Mill, Dreams and Nightmares

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"Real N----- Come First"

Once again, a lackluster beat lets Meek Mill get away with some lazy lines (“I get what I wanna, like I owned a genie”). Not a bad song by any means, but in comparison to the album’s dynamic, drama-filled opener, this bookend is an anticlimactic closing note. It’s a reminder of the LP’s missed opportunities—there’s no doubt Meek Mill has a better album inside of him somewhere. After all, the letdown is largely due to the excellence of Meek’s material over the past year. He still shows incredible potential, and select songs here will most likely approach ubiquity on the radio, in the club, from car speakers and elsewhere. In fact, at times, it seems Meek was too focused on achieving that goal; the pandering is unworthy of his huge talents. But still, even Rick Ross himself didn’t really reach Bawse-worthy heights until three albums in. If the highlights of Dreams and Nightmares are any indication, there’s a similar come-up in the cards for Meek Mill. 

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