Yup, Philly’s own 25-year-old up-and-coming young rap superstar had another run-in with the Philadelphia Police Department. He tweeted this photo hours after the digital and physical release of his major label debut, Dreams & Nightmares. The newly-annointed Maybach Music Group core member got his big debut off to a strong start with the bigtime-charting “Amen” featuring Drake. And when the tracking week of sales conclude and results are public on Wednesday, Meek and Rod Stewart are looking to chart in the top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 with, really, only Taylor Swift almost certain to prevent Meek from debuting at #1.
Dreams & Nightmares is looking at selling between 170,000 and 185,000 copies, while Rod’s dopey Christmas record’s probably not going to break 100,000 in sales. Meek’s major label debut, of course, comes after many Dreamchasers mixtapes and short plays. And it also comes almost simultaneously as the other big young gun of fall hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar’s, big debut. His good kid, m.A.A.d. city currently sits at the top of the Billboard Rap Albums and Hip-Hop/R&B Albums charts. And, not sure if you noticed it, but the New York Times recently put the two records side-by-side and looked at the youngbloods’ similarities and differences.
Meek’s no stranger to Philly’s hood life. He got asked to hush about some lyrics he wrote about the assistant district attorney (Noel Ann DeSantis) in “The Ride.” Back in 2008 he was arrested on gun charges and sentenced to eight months in jail. In June of this summer, he was caught up in that whole Drake/Chris Brown/bottle-throwing incident. He was seemingly just a by-stander but other sources say he was in the middle of the two. Five days after that, a North Philly pastor called for a boycott of his blazingly-hot single “Amen” due to its religious-mixed-with-sexytimes language. The details of his detainment are pretty murky. The Philadelphia Police have been surprisingly forthcoming with small details but not enough to piece together a juicy story.
But here’s to Meek’s big charting debut on Wednesday, son. Philly. Represent.