Meek Mill has been making ‘serious’ headlines ever since he released his ‘Wins & Losses’ album and his critics have been begging for forgiveness!
Meek sat down with the folks at Rolling Stone to talk about his new album, moving back to the streets and staying in Philly, relationship with Ross and Wale.
Read excerpts from the interview below.
One of the things you’re most known for is painting vivid pictures through your raps. What’s your writing process like?
I don’t actually write. I just go in the studio and rap, throw verses together. I just use visuals in my head, and I try to make them rhyme. As I go, I just try to remember it, keep a good memory and make them rhyme.
You’ve put out hundreds of songs at this point. How are you able to keep all those word schemes in your head?
I don’t know. I just think it’s a talent, a God-given talent that God gives us. But, you know, I try to work on my memory and when I’m in the studio, I just focus it up. I love to make music. I have fun doing it, spending hours and hours and relentless hours in the studio, and days putting things together. So I don’t really mind, like, being on one subject for an hour straight if I have to. Sometimes it can take several hours, sometimes it can take 10 minutes.
One of your new tracks from the Meekend Music EP is “Left Hollywood.” Did you literally leave Hollywood, or is that just a metaphor?
It’s more like a metaphor. I did move from L.A., but it’s more like a metaphor. I’m catering back towards the streets, like, the culture that helped build me up from day one. The street culture, the street rap.
Where did you move to?
I moved back to Philly. I live in a few different places. I live in Philly, Delaware…but that’s all surrounding Philly or is close to the Philly area. Basically, back to the trenches.
Wins & Losses go a lot harder than some of your previous albums. Was that a conscious decision on your part?
Yeah. I wanted to do more rapping, and I wanted to turn it into a rap album. You know, there’s a lot of music out, you’ve got different platforms like SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, Tidal. People can listen to what they want, and we’ve got so many different genres of rap now, like you’ve got trap music, mumble music, street rap, pop rap. I just wanted to cater to, like, my side, you know what I’m saying? One day I hope [the platforms] are going to give us official genres. This is my side. I’m catering to street rap. So I wanted to open the gate back up to Meek Milly rapping, what people know me for, actually spitting and, you know what I mean, touching the heart.
There doesn’t seem to be many dudes like yourself that spit a lot of bars and are successful on the charts as well. How are you able to maintain that?
I try to remain hungry no matter what position I get in. It was, like, a year ago, I was kinda laid-back. I wasn’t as hungry as I wanted to. Me being through a lot of trials and tribulations, seeing people talk about me, saying bad things and good things. The bad things inspired me more to want to go harder, and it helped me gain some of my hunger back. On this album, I’m coming from a more hungrier standpoint.
How are you and Rick Ross doing? You two have been through a lot together at this point.
Rick Ross is the person that put me on in the game and gave me my shot. It’ll always be, like, a big brother/little brother relationship with him. Everything’s always been good. We never really had any, like, super-bad spots where we feel like things had gone wrong. It’s the music industry, so there’s always times we’ve got to buckle down and get down to business, and no fun, and just get straight to business. And, you know, we do that. That’s how we met, on business terms, getting money, and we built a family relationship in time. It’s always been great.
It was good to see Wale in the first installment of your Wins & Losses movie. You guys have crossed paths in the past.
Yeah, Wale’s in the video. You know, sometimes family, we cross paths at certain times. But, if anything, we came in the game together. We never let [our issues] get to a serious level. I just think sometimes we handled it the wrong way in the public eye, where we shouldn’t of did it that way. But yeah, everything’s good.