By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Meek Mill is on a mission to "keep the streets hot" with his forthcoming Dreamchasers 3 mixtape. Last night, the Maybach Music Group rapper put the finishing touches on the mixtape at Roc the Mic Studios--noted recording lair of Jay-Z--and invited RapFix and a handful of hip-hop journalists along for the ride.
Meek previewed several cuts, although he admitted that he's fine-tuning and nothing is set in stone quite yet, including two audacious choices for an intro. Without giving too much away, one song features Bad Boy honcho Diddy talking trash while another apparently showcases 90's basketball bad boy Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers fame.
"My CD will have a lot of turn up" shared Meek. Songs like the Key Wane-produced "Dope Dealer" featuring Rick Ross or a cut with Future and Fabolous (and yes, Auto-Tune) are perfect for just that.
Rick Ross and French Montana appear several times as guests but Meek is experimenting with new voices apart from the MMG crew, including Lil Durk, T.I., Jadakiss, Guordan (a R&B singer Meek signed) and Tory Lanez from Canada. Meek explained that he wanted to have "new n----s" on his mixtape just as Dreamchasers 2 featured then-unknown Travi$ Scott.
Production-wise Beat Bully, Cardo and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League all contribute but it's Meek's take on classic beats like Luniz's "I Got 5 On It" or Juvenile's "Ha" which garnered the biggest response in the room. The rapper explained that Juve gave him a verse for his "Ha" remix and he's also expecting vocals from none other than Nicki Minaj.
The mixtape takes on a darker, more somber note when Meek's protege Lil Snupe, who was tragically gunned down this year, contributes a freestyle. In it, Snupe raps about enjoying life and his success. Meek follows with his angry outcry, "They killed my little n---- Snupe!" in a subsequent track and asks the listener, "Where the love at?"
Tracks like the Kendrick diss, "Ooh Kill Em" will likely be featured on the final tracklist. The good kid, m.A.A.d city MC's name also makes one version of an intro in which Meek raps about "R.I.P." to LA legends 2 Pac and Eazy E and throws K Dot's name into the mix. "Same way I go at Cassidy is the same way I go at Kendrick Lamar. I don't care that he doesn't have a buzz," laughed Meek at one point during the listening.
Meek wants DC3 to feel like a full-fledged album, but some tracks (such as one he wants singer M.I.A. to bless) may be saved for a studio release. Either way, he wants DC 3 to speak to his core fans and tide them over until his new album drops tentatively next year. "I just have plans to kill the whole next year" he said.
Dreamchasers 3 drops September 29th.