Meek Mill Revisits The Pain Of Prison On ‘Boyz In The Hood’

Go inside his mind and cell on DJ Drama's new track, which also features Pusha T and Ty Dolla $ign

During an interview with Hot 97 earlier this week, DJ Drama explained why a particular Meek Mill track wasn't going to end up on the final tracklist for his album, due out later this month.

"Without saying too much, Meek's situation, respectfully, his lawyers didn't feel like right now might be the best time for the record to come out," Dram said, referring to the Philly rapper's recent legal troubles.

But Dram wasn't necessarily of the same mind: "Me, myself, I kind of didn't understand it," he said. "Because it's a great record. Hopefully people will get the opportunity to hear it, because I had played it at a couple of my listening parties."

After hearing that song, "Boyz in the Hood," which hit the 'net on Wednesday and also features Pusha T and Ty Dolla $ign, it's hard to not understand where Drama is coming from. Over some soulful production, Meek describes, with candor, his time behind bars, and even opens with a mea culpa: "Sorry your honor if I was too arrogant, the money was staggering."

From there, he revisits his time confined in a cell, crafting a vivid and at times painful picture, with his typically energetic flow.

"Twenty-three hours, a cell by myself / Man, you couldn't imagine it / They fed me some shit I won't feed to my dog / Man, that shit was the nastiest / Can you imagine me losing my mind? / Doing push ups, fifty-two at a time / Do the whole set just to get through the time / Just to get to my son and get back to my mom"

To supplement Meek's two verses, there's Ty's emotive hook, and Push's triumphant verse about changing his circumstances: "My drugs now got a barcode, now that's called moving things," he raps to close.

If this is a sign of things to come, Drama's Quality Street Music 2 should pack plenty of heat when it drops on July 22.