By Ade Mangum with reporting by Nadeska Alexis
The MMG camp stopped by MTV News to speak on the third installment of their collaborative album, Self Made Vol. 3, but original Maybach Music member, Meek Mill, couldn’t leave without speaking on the next volume of his Dream Chaser mixtape series.
Meek is certain that his fans will appreciate the upcoming street banger. He plans to put all of the material that he has been recording as of late on Dream Chasers 3.
“I’m dropping all my heat in the mixtape and I’m dropping more heat for the album,” the Philly representer said with confidence.
Additionally, the “Amen” MC says he’s not worried about running out of material for his upcoming studio album. There is clearly an appetite for his mixtapes. Dreamchasers 2 was downloaded 1.5 million times within the first 6 hours that it dropped on the mixtape website DatPiff.com. It’s now well over the 4 million download mark on the site.
“I came with street music and unfortunately right now in this game it’s not a lot of street rappers that’s rapping right now,” he said in defense of the number of units His debut LP, Dreams and Nightmares, moved. “That’s kinda like not almost in style no more. I’m the guy that come up under Nas, DMX, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Jeezy, TI, I come from that era.”
Meek feels that he’s the last of a dying breed and claims that he faced the same problems that Jay Z encountered on his Reasonable Doubt debut, which peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200, but went went platinum years later.
“Unfortunately, the album ain’t go the farthest that I wanted it to go,” he added. “Jay Z’s album didn’t go the farthest he wanted it to go.”
Meek’s debut reached #2 on the Billboard 200 despite the fact that Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive hurricane to hit the east coast in years, devastated most of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania the day before his release date, keeping his core fan base from fully being able to go out and support the project.
Because of Sandy’s interference, Meek’s album didn’t perform as well as he’d hoped, but he doesn’t blame himself for that, and certainly doesn’t believe there was any mishaps in the recording process.
With the competitive fire Meek has displayed in lyrical battles, his proclivity for dropping multiple mixtapes, his countless guest features, collaborative albums and his a solo project under his belt, it goes without saying that he’ll continue working on his craft while keeping the same formula that’s made him one of the hottest MC’s in the game.
“I’m going on my 2nd album and I think should be a cake walk and on the way to the third,” he said.