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I Gave Meek Mill's Bike Life App A Test Drive: Here's How It Went

Rev your engine and warm up your thumbs.

I've never in my life sat at the helm of a motorized bike or four-wheeler. But thanks to the new Meek Mill Presents Bike Life app, available on the iPhone and iPad, I got a little taste of high speed living on Tuesday morning (Jun. 30). And you can too.

The same week that his album, Dreams Worth More than Money, hit stores, the Philly rapper hit the app store. The game describes itself like this:

Bike Life is an “endless riding” mobile game. A project co-developed by Meek Mill and IM3 Gaming Studios. The game is a unique & authentic representation of a culture that has just hit the mainstream. Players will compete against others gathering coins and performing sick tricks as they mock and evade police apprehension.

At first glance, that premise can feel a little troubling, especially considering the strains in relations that we've seen lately (and much further back than that) between police and local communities in many areas. But when it came time to play the game, at least for me, it was less Me vs. The Cops than Me vs. Cars And Moving Objects Flying Towards Me and Me vs. My History Sucking At Racing Games.

It's not without its faults -- an ad pops up every time you switch screens, which gets annoying, and when you mess up on the challenges you have to start over and re-do even the levels you've completed -- but in my brief time messing with Bike Life this morning, it provided some fun and showed signs that it could become pretty addicting, especially if you play Temple Run rather than Solitaire.

Here's a taste of what to expect.

  • Here we go...
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • You can either do "Missions" or a "Challenge."
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • I started with "Missions."
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Or you can pay in coins and skip 'em.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • If not, it's just you and the cops, until you tap to start.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Once you do tap -- cruisin', as a beat that sounds like one Meek would rap over (but he doesn't) plays.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • I started off as Chino.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • But you can also play as Meek -- you just gotta pay up in coins.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • You gotta fork over coins to play as a bandana-wearing Meek, too.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Later, I switched to Omelly (also free).
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • There are vehicle options, too.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Shoutout to Nicki and the pink bike.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • The Ethica-sponsored bike -- get your check, Meek.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • And Monster, which, like Ethica, will cost you.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Or you could go two-wheeler.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Don't have the patience (or skill) to earn coins? You can also pay up.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • At one point, after picking up some shoes, I was off the bike and running in the streets.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • And now for the challenges.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Wheelie life.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • You gotta maintain for 30 seconds -- not too bad.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Side wheelie life was a little tougher, but I got it done.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • Jumping over barricades was fun, but harder.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life
  • And I never made it to Level 4 but whatever -- f--k y'all, I'm outta here.
    Meek Mill Presents Bike Life