Written By: Brandon Basile
When it comes to Meek Mill, please, please, please, for the life of me, don’t call it a comeback!! Meek will not let you. Phila-Illa-delphia native Meek Mill is coming off the heat of an undebatable loss in the hip-hop game, but with Wins & Losses he is coming out strong-arming and showing that he is not missing a beat. At all. Ever. I’m not even a long time Meek fan aside from singles and some mixtapes, but this album can definitely make believers out of haters and doubters. Wins & Losses brings the aggressive rap energy that we’ve come to expect from Meek but is still heavy with the heartfelt sentimentality that we love from him and was actually his saving grace amidst the bashing following the fallout from his beef with Drake and others in the recent years.
First and foremost, let’s shout out Meek for the expanse of the album. He’s giving wide breadth of artistry with turnt up club bangers, R&B assisted cuts for the ladies, and contemplative rap tracks for the lyrically deep ears as well over a full 17 tracks. He’s not holding back in the least in this album as he openly discusses the media drama over his relationship with Nicki Minaj on tracks like “1942 Flows” and the airs out any and all rumors about his prior beefs on the album’s title track and songs like “Issues” and “Never Lose”. He’s not giving his rivals much ear attention aside from lines on “Wins & Losses” like “Wins and the losses, it come with being bosses / Shoot a pussy n**** in his head if he cross us” which could be a sneak shot at Drake, simply because he’s got the biggest rep in the rap game for being soft. Meek is not feeding into the conflicts anymore, but instead using that energy as a trampoline point into shooting higher. He is still militant as ever proving that he will continue to be nice with his raps regardless, win, lose, or draw.
Meek is still the lyrical assailant that you wouldn’t want to get in a scuffle with with, but this album shows more of a softened tone. “We Ball”, which features Young Thug, is a surprisingly chill track given the title and feature that seems to accept any perceived losses in a sad to melancholy tone, but brushes it all off to say “Fuck it. We ball.” In the wake of the beef most die hard Meek fans would recal videos of many of his radio freestyles as evidence of his heartfelt sentimentality as a true and serious lyricist. “Heavy Heart” gives more of that openness of emotion in how he speaks on how his experiences with fame and the rap game have left him with a heavy heart. He knows that the heart of a warrior also makes him strong and when he closes the album with “Price” he knows that he has to pay the cost to be the boss and all the struggles are just “the price of being great”.
But forget the sadness. Meek still delivers fresh and feel good party jams like “Glow Up” and the Quavo assisted “Ball Player”. He’s really bringing something for everyone with the classic Maybach Music heavy trap orchestral sound of “Connect The Dots”, which features Yo Gotti and MMG general Rick Ross, and the Lil Uzi Vert accompanied “Fuck That Check Up”. The album sports R&B features from Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign on the Tony Toni Tone remake “Whatever you need”, but Meek still delivers solid romantic sentiments by himself on “Fall Thru”, which feels like his own shot at Drake’s song from Nothing Was The Same album“Come Thru”. “Fall Thru” is a good song, but honestly it feels a bit like a Drake vibe and would be cool if it had a Drake verse on it. It is strong heat, but we could’ve done without lines like “you were with me through my ups and downs like a camel” .
People are still going to talk and give their opinions on rap’s beef and battles. Looking back it feels like Meek said the things he said about other artists because he felt that he had to to stay true to himself. He is not apologetic in the least for his comments on things and we wouldn’t want him to be. Drake did need to be exposed for using ghostwriters, especially when he was openly touting disses about people he had written for. Meek has shown that through it all he has been and will continue to be an artist that will not be shut up nor overlooked. We have to respect him for that. But don’t take my word for it. The summer time heat on Wins & Losses will speak for itself. “Glow Up, Glow Up,” Meek!! We know you will show up!