PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's hip-hop prince Meek Mill celebrated 25 years of excellence Sunday night with a massive birthday gala that included ice sculptures, a fully catered private yacht party and a bristling charcoal black Range Rover Sport as a birthday gift. Arriving just before sunset, a fashionably late Meek illuminated the dark parking area across from his boat party, emerging from a pearl white Rolls Royce Phantom, greeted by his Maybach Music entourage.
Rick Ross, Wale, French Montana, Juelz Santana, DJ Drama, Philadelphia 76ers basketball player Lou Williams and a host of family and friends were all on hand to wish Philly's rap wonderkid well on his milestone.
"I had to come home to support the big homey — I mean, the young boy, my young boy," Philly native DJ Drama said. "I'm proud of him — celebrating his birthday, big mixtape in the streets, announces his album date. He's really putting on for Philly."
Meek has much to celebrate, ringing in his born day with the release of the much-anticipated Dream Chasers 2 mixtape and his Club Paradise Tour on deck with fellow rapper Drake, J. Cole, Waka Flocka, 2 Chainz and French Montana. MMG's young gun will hit the road for the trek starting Monday (May 7) with back-to-back dates leading into his Dreams and Nightmares debut album, which is locked in for a summer release.
"Shout-outs to Meek Mill. He invited me to come f--- with him for his birthday, so I came out here to show that love," said a smiling Juelz Santana. "Meek doing his thing. He young and in the game. He doing it the right way, so I support that."
The idling Freedom Elite watercraft, which sat calmly docked on the chilly Delaware River, was packed with hundreds of partying guests, who showered the birthday boy with dozens of gifts.
"We celebrating the boy born date, 25 years," said Rick Ross, who last week set a July 31 release date for his long-awaited God Forgives, I Don't. "And the homey doing big things."
Ross gave his Maybach star the most notable gift on his big night: a Range Rover. According to Ross, the present was a token of their strong bond after Meek gave the boss a $50,000 watch for Ross' own birthday earlier this year.