Philly stand up! Meek Mill is back with his new album entitled Wins and Losses, which is Meek’s third studio album. His last studio album Dreams Worth More Than Money was released in 2015 and sold 246,000 copies first week. A lot has changed for Meek in the interim. The Philly bull caught “an L” (a loss) in the Drake rap beef, broke up with Nicki Minaj and a vast change in his public perception. To be fair the latter point comes from his inability to put the keyboard down on social media!
Wins and Losses C0ncept
“I just wanted to give people a real perspective on my life, what we call wins and what we call losses. I lost my case. We lost Lil’ Snupe… Where we come from that’s a loss. When we talking Ls and Ws, when you get an L it means you’ve got life in jail or something like that. It’s critical. It’s not what they’re talking about.” — Meek Mill
Meek Mill is poppin shit (for motivational purposes only!)
Tracklist Wins and Losses
Meek Mill starts off the street gospel Wins and Losses with the self titled introduction track. This tune speaks on Meek’s accomplishments and aims to silence the critics who wish to count dude out. Tempos switch as the high energy intro leads us to Heavy Heart. Soulful songs like this is Meek in his element and the Meek I love bumpin.’ The Dreamchaser speaks on past experiences and the people who left him with a ‘heavy heart.’
F** That Check Up features fellow Philly native, Lil Uzi Vert whose ad-lib game and rock star persona has catapulted him into the top bracket of conversation. Track 3 is bragadocious and is not the first collaboration between Meek and Uzi.
So is it more Wins than Losses?
Track 4 features Breezy and Ty Dolla
Whatever You Need is a tune that is a re-make of a Ludacris classic entitled Splash Waterfalls. This song features Chris Brown and Ty Dolla so the melodies are intended to make the coochie wet. That means the smooth vocals will wet panties.
Meek is puffing his chest out and sending for Safaree Samuels in 1942 flows. Man like Safaree, Nicki Minaj’s ex before Meek is famed for not getting over Nicki. Whenever we hear his name it is linked in with Nicki in some capacity and he spends his time sounding like a disgruntled former employee.
So when you see me out don’t ask me about no Nicki
Fuck I look like tellin’ my business on Wendy
Niggas gossip like queens, we was servin’ fiends
Track 6 is the epitome of the paradox in Wins and Losses. Issues is introspective of the former street life but Meek is still stuntin’ on them as his neckwear may offend the haters.
We Ball featuring Young Thug is one of my favourite cuts on the album with Thug’s melodic verse an instant standout. This track speaks on all the former friends both have lost over the years and the reason why they ball out and enjoy life to the fullest.
These Scars features soul singer Gourdon Banks and Meek raps about moving on from his “roley” lifestyle. Instead, Meek wants to invest money in a monopoly and the song is nice.
Connect The Dots is a beat that sounds like Meek’s earlier work with MMG and features his boss Rick Ross and Yo Gotti. This shit sounds hot in a moving vehicle. Fall Thru is a tune, which is about Nicki Minaj and recounts the events that led to Meek cuffin’ her ass. It’s cool but I don’t really care about that, respectfully.
Never Lose is self-explanatory but it’s boring. This is the point of Wins and Losses where I start to hit the skip button as I am experiencing a musical lull. Glow Up cranks up the energy level, which is a good ploy but I am not feeling the hook so it’s three on the trot that are questionable.
Young Black America featuring The Dream comes in at the right time. Of course the beat is Jay Z’s Momma Loves Me, so the vibe is there OFF GATES! Meek gets on his black consciousness and raps about segregation, racial inequalities and the pitfalls of street life.
Open featuring Verse Simmonds is a mellow RnB tune, which I am feeling. Emotions may get lost in that ALLEGEDLY. Sheets may be grabbed and eyes may roll back but that’s enough sexual imagery. This is a family show!
Ball Player features Quavo with a catchy hook and multiple dabs can be hit with this tune, which I was definitely moving my shoulders to. Made It From Nothing is self explanatory and once again is reflective of how far Meek has come with Teyana Taylor doing her thing vocally.
The album concludes with Prices which is Meek telling us he suffers with the price of being great in life. That sort of narrative is how I feel every day in life as I have to subdue my greatness just to fit in. Cocky Rams till the casket dips
17 Tracks and 3 that I completely were not feeling. Meek’s Wins and Losses is all for motivational purposes. Subjects detailing his trials and tribulations with the law, his slain former friends and the pitfalls of street life. Musically, Meek can put me in a zone with his pain filled bars and his skippy flow.
It’s a good album and whether you like him or not you cannot question his tenacity. Hip Hop needed this angle, which is a refreshing throwback.
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Rams (and his ghostwriter)