In celebration of his 25th birthday, Meek Mill released the highly anticipated Dream Chasers 2 mixtape today, crashing the servers of Datpiff.com and Livemixtapes.com. Hosted by DJ Drama, the follow-up to the first installment of the series, Dream Chasers, features the industry’s top hit makers in Rick Ross, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Fabolous, Wale, French Montana, Trey Songz, Mac Miller, and more. Plus, the Philadelphia emcee enlists Jahlil Beats, The Beat Bully, All Star, Beat Billionaire, and others for superb production.
The beginning of the mixtape is mostly composed of recent leaks: a remix of the Fugees‘ classic hit “Ready Or Not,” the rapid fire “Burn”and the Drake assisted “Amen.” The collaboration with Drizzy is one of the project’s elite tracks as well as Mill’s biggest collaboration to date. Lamar’s appearance on “A1 Everything” is also a standout. Despite possessing contrasting flows, the two talents put together a track that flows seamlessly. Unfortunately, Lamar’s cocky verse top’s Mill’s, but that doesn’t take anything away from him. The Top Dawg Entertainment is a superb lyricist.
Dream Chasers 2 continues to showcase the deadly combination of the MMG rhymer’s lyrics and Roc Nation producer Jahlil Beats’ production (he also produced “I’m A Boss”). On the Big Sean featuring “Burn,” the emcees go back and forth, spitting fire on a menacing beat. There’s also “Flexing,” in which Mill shows his muscle as he spits about traditional hip hop topics; money, cars, clothes, and women.
With its respective title, its only right that he gives fans conceptual songs. “Use To Be” and “Big Dreams” are the most notable. The former is assisted by vocalist Jordanne, who provides emotional soulful singing that compliments Mill’s rugged and aggressive flow. Over a slow piano laced beat, he touches upon Philadelphia street life, being in the pen, family struggles, and hustling. The latter is produced by All Star, consisting of more of him commenting on similar issues and giving insight on his childhood dreams. He raps:
“Small city, big dreams/I been waiting for this day since I was 16.”
These inspirational songs are the most powerful. They give you an idea of the man behind the microphone. In instances, he shows his vulnerability, which most rappers typically avoid. “The Ride” is another great example, following down a similar path.
Other tracks that deserve a listen are “Racked Up Shawty,” “Str8 Like That” and “House Party (Remix).” On “Racked Up Shawty,” Mill grabs New York heavyweights, Fabolous and Montana. The song features a simplistic hook that is reminiscent of Soulja Boy, but actually works well with the heavy beat. “Str8 Like That” has a real southern sound with relatively unknown rapper Louie V handing the hook. He does his best impersonation of Roscoe Dash. 2 Chainz also appears on the track, delivering an animated verse. For the remix of one of his biggest hits, Mill is joined by Wale, Fabolous and Mac Miller, who surprisingly spits one of the best verses out of the four rappers. This version should get heavy club and radio rotation.
With 20 tracks in total, Dream Chasers 2 definitely lives up to its hype, topping the first installment. Overall, the mixtape is more original as he delivers fresh tracks while also sprinkling in a few industry remixes for familiarity. With the exception of a couple of tracks, the combination of Meek’s aggressive style and trunk rattling production captures listener’s full attention. It’s really a solid project and will be considered as one of the year’s best mixtape. It should hold fans over until he releases his debut album, Dreams & Nightmares.
Stream/Download: Meek Mill Dream Chasers