Meek Mill’s debut album Dreams and Nightmares is in stores Tuesday (October 30) and the Philly native had a chance to celebrate with his hometown during the annual Power 99’s Powerhouse Concert in Philadelphia on Friday night (October 26). He had some help from a few friends, including Rick Ross, Usher, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Trey Songz.
Fans who came out to enjoy the 30th annual show likely knew that they were in for a celebration. Early in the night, Miguel hit the stage performing tracks from his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, 2 Chainz got things rocking with hits like “Birthday Song,” and French Montana and Big Sean both hit the stage solo, with all intentions of returning later to help Meek and MMG close out the night with a bang.
When time rolled around for the Maybach Music takeover, Wale was the first to hit the stage performing fans favorites like “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “Chain Music” from Ambition, but even then he started to prep the crowd for Meek, asking for separate “Dreams” and “Nightmares” chants from opposite sides of the arena.
Meek eventually took the stage sporting his satin Eagles jacket–and pointing it out to the crowd in case they didn’t notice–getting right into his set with his first Dreams and Nightmares single “Young & Gettin’ It,” before hitting mixtape favorites like “Racked Up Shawty” Self Made Vol. 2’s “Actin’ Up” and some older material before revealing his surprise for the night. It was the Trouble Man himself, T.I. who announced that he’s still aiming for a December 18 album release date, and seemed to outdo even Meek with his energy levels. The crowd erupted while he performed hits like “What You Know,” and one of Meek’s self-proclaimed favorites “Top Back.”
Big Sean, who had completed his set earlier in the night and told MTV News backstage that he was sticking around to rock out with Meek, made his second appearance for their Dreamchasers 2 collaboration “Burn.” At this point, Meek really had the party rolling, stripping off his Eagles jacket as things continued to heat up. “Since we’re in Philly, at home, it’s only right we have a house party,” he told the crowd, launching into his party anthem.
“Every time I come home, I’m in the hood, I feel good,” he continued, gong on to introduce his new Dreamchasers Records roster, which included producer Jahlil Beats and local female rapper Lee Mazin. “I started from the bottom, chasing my dream,” he told the crowd, setting up an easy segue into “I’ma Boss.” And what better moment for Rick Ross to finally hit the stage, sending the crowd through the roof as he followed up with “Bag of Money” and “B.M.F.”
Trey Songz showed up for “Face Down,” French Montana returned (with bottle in hand) for “Pop That” and “Stay Schemin,” and even Omarion made a quick appearance, but Usher, most notably, joined Rozay and crew for their first joint performance. Dressed in all black, with bright red sneakers, Ursh and Ross delivered “Lemme See,” together while the singer also had a solo moment, asking all the ladies to sing-along to his hit “Climax.”
A few more MMG staples like “King of Diamonds,” closed out the memorable set, leaving Meek free to finish off the celebratory night in his hometown.