Before becoming a member of Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, Meek Mill (born Robert Rahmeek Williams) was a star MC in his hometown of Philadelphia. Releasing a notable Flamerz series of mixtapes and singles like "Hottest in America," Mill garnered the notice of T.I., who many speculated would sign the rapper to his Grand Hustle label. Signing to Maybach instead in early 2011, Mill appeared on the label's compilation LP Self Made Vol. 1. His debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, was released in 2012.