Philly veteran, Meek Mill, has finally released his long-awaited project. After a tough few years dealing with public relationships, rap beef, and even stints in jail, he has finally released his long awaited album, Wins & Losses. Many fans didn’t know what to expect with this release, but Meek made sure to come as hard as possible this time around. You can tell that he put a lot of time and effort into this project (which is arguable for most rappers in the climate of rap today). Wins & Losses is his life from DWMTM until now. This is Meek’s most personal and vulnerable album yet.
He starts off the album with the hard-hitting intro, “Wins & Losses”. Yet another classic intro song. He comes on the track with so much heart and aggression, that you can’t help but get hype listening to it. You could hear hear the hunger from Dreams & Nightmares, which is why this is one of my favorite songs on the whole album.
Meek shows off his talents sonically by having songs that all have their different vibe. Songs like “We Ball” and “Heavy Heart” take a look at his personal life and the close losses that he took over the years, including his Dreamchasers protege, Lil Snupe. On “1942” he’s really able to show off his skill of pouring his heart out on a track, all while flexing his lyrical ability.
When they killed my nigga Snupe, he was a young nigga/In The casket they ain’t even have no blood in him
The album also has it’s fair share of songs to turn up to. “Fuck That Check Up” and “Ball Player” are both standout tracks that have the potential to catch fire on the charts. “Connect The Dots” is also a song that is one of my favorites from the album. It has that 2011/2012 sound that many Meek Mill fans were dying to hear again. The diversity of songs on the album shows his growth as an artist, and how he is trying to appeal to a wider audience.
Meek Mill also does a great job with the features on W & L. Teyana Taylor may have the best feature of 2017 with her singing performance on “Made It From Nothing”. Gourdan Banks also gives an amazing hook for “These Scars”. Meek Mill always had a good knack for constructing songs so the features never seem forced. Even the pretty obvious radio grab “Whatever You Need” has excellent vocals from Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign.
Overall, this is another great body of work from Meek Mill. There are a few filler tracks that wasn’t needed, but he definitely exceeded expectations and shut the doubters up. It’s too soon to tell if it’s his best album to date, but it’s already one of the best projects of 2017. We’ll see if it’s able to stand the test of time, though.