Meek Mill Speaks On Hurricane Sandy’s Impact On His Debut ‘Dreams & Nightmares’

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Most cities and states across the East coast were affected by Hurricane Sandy which shortened Maybach Music Group’s rapper Meek Mill first week sales, but he isn’t worrying at all. In a press release from Warner Bros, Meek spoke about his first week sales.

This storm has been crazy,” reflects Meek on the recent events. “This is my first release, and I’m supposed to be so happy for it. But the same day my album came out, I was more worried about how my family was holding out and a tree falling on my house. My focus wasn’t on stores being closed, I had a packed house, filled with my family, making sure they were good during this storm. I made a great album and it will sustain itself. Real people do real shit; my fans will buy the album when they are able to.”

Despite hindrances, sales of Dreams And Nightmares are trending upwards with the album projected to fall in the Top 5 on next week’s charts with 170-200k units sold based on one-day estimates. The release is led by the Top 10 single “Amen” featuring Drake and Kirko Bangz-assisted “Young & Gettin’ It” which continues to build at urban mainstream radio. With features from Rick Ross, Wale, Nas, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, and more, the 14-track album has hosted positive reactions from critics on its dual themes held together by Meek’s storytelling:

“a respectable effort that exorcises personal demons and moves him beyond illicit history.” -BBC    

“the most exciting young conventional hip-hop star of the last couple of years…an excitable star with a firm grasp on what makes people move…” -New York Times   

“One of the year’s best rap albums” -PEOPLE     

“it’s what his signature vocal punches are coming with on Dreams and Nightmares  that make the rapper’s debut album worthwhile: brutally honest storytelling mixed with boastful glimpses of the good life, the latter as the most promising.” -Billboard     

“Mill shows great potential as a storyteller” -Associated Press

“the perfect balance of street rap and commercialism.” -Village Voice     

“The Philly rap phenom catches his dream without letting go of his nightmarish past…If his rags-to-riches ode sounds much more like a hammy motion picture, Meek’s street-ridden recollections make for a more realistic documentary.” -XXL Magazine     

“Rap is often about contradiction, of wanting to stay humble and true while still stunting. Sneering talking heads and confused elitists use that struggle as a weapon against the music: How can this music, and these artists, be taken seriously when they brag about throwing money at strippers? The genius of Meek’s music is that he embodies, fleshes out, and answers the rapper’s dilemma.” -Pitchfork

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