Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2 (Mixtape Review)

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Ultimately, a fairly strong guest list and a good ear for beats is enough to carry this project.

As the Maybach Music Group machine continues to roll, Meek Mill is steadily preparing to be a vital cog. Dreamchasers 2, a follow-up to his 2011 Gangsta Grillz Dreamchasers mixtape, aims to prepare fans for the Philadelphia native’s studio debut, Dream & Nightmares.

On “Ready Or Not,” producer All Star underlays the familiar Fugees sample with new percussion and bass. Rather than sound contrived, the new take is actually brimming with a whole new energy, which manifests itself in Meek’s vigorous flow. “Amen” is a feel-good cut featuring Drake and Jeremih; it dips a bit into the cheese a bit with the organs and choirs, but it’s pretty catchy. “A1 Everything” interestingly pairs Meek with Kendrick Lamar, as the MMG and Aftermath emcees trade off rapid-fire flow. On the other hand, “Racked Up Shawty” has Meek, Fabolous, and French Montana vying for the mediocrity crown. “Big Dreams” provides a rare moment of self-reflection, as Meek Mill laments the changing times: “If you ain’t got a dream, you ain’t got nothin’ / A lot of niggas changed on me when I got money / Say it come with the game, and this what I wanted / So I’ma hustle like the first time I got fronted / For the love of the green, and the love of the team / Put together a circle that couldn’t come in between / Went from lint in my pockets to using money machines / I got my city back poppin’, they don’t want me to leave /  No they don’t want me to leave.” It’s not something you haven’t heard countless times already, but it does give Dreamchasers 2 some depth, and illustrates what the project is actually supposed to represent.

Though it awkwardly interpolates the chorus from the Black Eyed Peas’ “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” “Take U Home” is one of the more impressive outings on Dreamchasers 2, as Big Sean and fellow MMG-er Wale show and prove on the fast-paced track. “The Ride” is as soulful as anything Meek has ever done, and “Real” provides a touch of funk that is otherwise nowhere to be found. Of course, these highlights are separated by formulaic “anthems” like “Str8 Like That” and “House Party Remix,” which contribute to making Dreamchasers 2 a consistently mixed bag throughout.

Meek can capably flow, but he’s not nearly the consistent presence on the mic as, say, a Young Jeezy or a Rick Ross—partly because he just flat-out refuses to switch up the delivery. Ideally, projects are to be viewed in the abstract; but sometimes Dreamchasers 2 is so derivative that there is little room for that. When Meek decides to not be run-of-the-Mill, he sounds like he could be MMG’s MVP. But when he elects to do songs like “Flexing” and “Lean Wit It,” which sound like it could be any of a thousand variants of the same song Ace Hood keeps making, one has to wonder whether Meek is even interested in achieving greatness. Ultimately, a fairly strong guest list and a good ear for beats is enough to carry this project, while Meek Mill ponders that question.

DX Consensus: "EP-worthy"

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90 Comments

  • Phoenix

    Anyone who doesn't like this mixtape is just ignorant and expects every rapper to sound like a 90s New York or LA rapper. The mixtape is banging and even though I'm a huge Sean, Drake, and Kendrick fan, Sean was the only one to outshine him. Kendrick's verse was solid but I dont think he stole the spotlight.

    • hi-c

      I agree. Meek is nice. Most of the production carries well and he has some solid verses. he is his own worst enemy on this one tho. he gonna have to switch up his cadence on the flow sometimes. he wont last long if he dont. cuz his content doesnt change either. hes good cuz he can make decent hooks and he got bars for day. great features. big sean goes in on burn and kendrick lamar stays at bay on this one but it was cool to hear him on this one. As a spiritual person i just cant get into amen. Seems to mock the church, i hope its not bad bitches in the building (church), killing niggas in the building (church). just to conflicting. the rest is cool. i downloaded it before the site crashed so im in there

  • Anonymous

    hey this is what a retarded whore would write: Ultimately, a fairly strong guest list and a good ear for beats is enough to carry this project. good looking

  • Anonymous

    most overated collection of music ever

  • Anonymous

    One of the best mix tapes I've heard. Whoever says any different doesn't respect the music.

  • nic

    love it. meek kills it

  • mdkeren2

    BELOW on every new video article and basically any new piece of content

  • leland

    only listened to hit for the features. kendrick lamar, drake , big sean , jerimiah , and alot more totally outshined meek on this mix tape

  • chris36

    why must this guy shout all the time? plus his beats and lyrics are always the same but i am not surprised the masses listen to this, unfortunately the masses are dumb

  • Anonymous

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  • IrishMike

    This is my first impression of Meek and this ish is fire. For my liking on a mixtaoe there are way too many features but the talent and presence on the microphone is undeniable. I am now officially a Meek Mill fan and have downloaded just about every piece of music he has put out in the past 2 years since hearing Dreamchasers 2 and he is certainly getting better with the rhyme schemes and his delivery is headed towards one of the best in the game.....real talk bitches

  • Anonymous

    This reviewer is retarded, when he talks about "Take U Home", he says it interpolates the hook from that Black Eyed Peas song. That song's beat and hook are both sampled from "I Wonder If I Take You Home" by Full Force, Lisa Lisa, & Cult Jam. Not the Black Eyed Peas

  • Anonymous

    http://www.dominicross.net/2012/05/yung-son-da-prezident-hailing-from-okc.html

  • AVthaPHARAOH

    Spot on, on point review.

  • The Company Man

    Slava's knocking out the high profile reviews. This one's on point, just like his 50 Cent commentary.

  • yall are idiots

    go on datpiff.com search meek mill and and listen to "flamers 3" "flamers 2.5" "flamers 2" "flamers" "mr philadelphia". every track on all of those mixtapes is literally straight fire, how many rappers do u know that have a mixtape with 25 songs on everyone of them and every track is fucking hot and u dont skip over one track? none. this dude is grinding and all his shit is sick. you gotta listen to his older shit too to realize what he came from to where hes at. yall are just some fucking hatin ass lames that dont know what theyre talking about plain and fukcing simple. shut yer mouth if u dont know what yer speaking.

    • okeziea

      man i've heard of all that, and i like Meek Mill, but this mixtape wasnt all that... maybe its because i've changed idk

    • Jawn

      I think dude is talented and definitely has some decent material but dont you ever get sick of the same flow, same lyrics, no substance?? Like what is he really saying?

  • ed

    dx has to remember that this is only a mixtape. its not gunna be perfect.

  • Anonymous

    youtube Green Nation Mafi G2

  • Anonymous

    this and kiss stayin in the deck for a minute

  • pienman

    dude, is mad hot right now in the streets! his tape was aight...he is definitely a spitta... but, he needs more substance to his style than jus the bragging & women... he still has time to develop! gotta find that balance which can in turn you into a globe trotter owe to Jay-Z, Eminem, & Nas for example

  • lpep

    Turn off the beats and you'll see how f-ing retard more than half these rappers sound.

  • boomshots

    A little better than solid. Volume 1 was WAYYYY better.

  • young

    not good but not bad theres a few good tracks

  • buckeyewu

    this is my first time listening to this dude and i checked out a few tracks. not impressed with this project. not to diss, this just aint my cup of tea. idk if its his style or what.

  • Seuok720

    Hope his Jawn don't get pushed back because he needs a single out already if he want to make that August 28th date.

  • Anonymous

    don't get me wrong..this dude can rap...but his voice? ANNOYING...i try to give him a chance time after time,,,but his high pitched annoys the fuck outta me. I can't imagine trying to listen to a whole album of this dude at one time.

  • Anonymous

    I like meek but this was just okay. A lot of the same material over rehashed beats and lyrics. It's dope but not as good as the first one. Hope the album is more complete

  • thatrealshit

    beats and bullshit

  • FURYAN

    IM AT THE 4TH TRACK AT THE MOMENT AND THIS SHIT SOUNDIN GOOOOD .... I TAKE BACK WHAT I'VE EVER SAID ABOUT THE KID, AND STICK TO WHAT IVE SAID IN THE PAST. HE JUST MIGHT BE THE NEXT 50 CENT

  • will

    Some what biased review. The numbers speak for themselves this mixtape had unprecedented downloads, even if it was free its the most downloaded mixtape this year, of all rappers, that says something. The kid still has an album coming, this mixtape at least 4/5 - 5/5.

  • thebestintexas

    i made a million in my mixtape!!

  • Jose Chavez

    this mixtape is going to be classic.

  • Anonymous

    yall need to review ab soul's album instead of dicking around with these mediocre artists

  • illustrious

    Sweet!!! this has the mixtape circuit locked for the summer!!

  • huhhh

    Solid tape. Last year's was 4/5. This, 3.5

  • NAPALM

    Hmmm, being from Philly I'm gonna support the youngin, but the reviewer hit this one on the head. While the tracks make for good fast food club music, dude flow puts you to sleep are the millionth time you hear him. When he does switch it up he's not bad. But overall lets keep it real Meek is an average rapper at best who'll the public will dickride cause of his association with MMG. Even here in Philly while he was known on the underground scene, he by no means was considered upper echelon. If you wanna hear one of the best from Philly check for a kick named Vodka. But regardless Imma support my city cause if he blows maybe the light will shine on Philly and some of our true spitters can get some shine.

    • jimmydanger

      I thank you for making me discover Vodka, he is unreal, wow, i like meek mill but agree with your comment, but this guy Vodka is like a philosopher, so real.

    • Anthony

      I couldn't agree with you more. I actually thought I was the only one that was feeling like his flow needs a change. Not only his flow, but his subject matter as well. I cannot listen to this dude without becoming bored and eventually caring less about what the song is about.

  • Q

    he put it up for free to see how many followers he would get...so wen his debut drop he got pull alreadyy like he said dreamchasers 2 is the shit that didnt make his album....hes been sick before yall knew him Cant stop wont stop mixtapes flamers 1 2 2.5 3 .. he got the flow certain hoods can refer to dude going gold money comes with greatness yu get money yu got greatness

    • dddd

      thats what im sayin his old mixtapes are fucking insaaaane ppl dont even realize hes one of the best rappers alive easy hes fucking ill

  • xonickiminajox

    wasn't expecting this! MMG forever

  • sayin doe

    Pill made a WAY better tape this year.

  • be easy

    mmg is wack, cept for wale

  • allocc

    eh we'll see his debut

  • tril

    Meek Mill Is Th Real'n Nigga Alive! Fuck You If you ain down with Him

  • Anonymous

    Meeks shit is wack. Same flow and delivery. Dude used to be nice. I wonder what happened. Oh yea mmg is what happened.

  • Sikander Kahlon

    STRIGHT FIRE!

  • Marc

    Obviously if Meek Mill was smart and really about his money he would've sold it on iTunes or in the stores...3 million Datpiff downloads isn't even legit...he not even making money off of it and if he is he not making the money he could make if he would've sold it as an EP which would count as certified sales he wouldnt've went Platinum in a day I can assure you that...Speak your words when his downloads are actually certified Platinum by the industry not a music website that makes their own count of who goes Platinum...Datpiff is just a legal way to download for free...

    • omelly

      to the lame that said meeks album wont go gold hahahah youre an idiot watch its gonna be #1 album of year

    • Marc

      FREE is the only reason why it did so well and I need to correct myself and others by saying this IS NOT A MIXTAPE, this is a FREE ALBUM...

    • Anonymous

      Your dumb the only reason why it did so well was because it was free, platinum? ill put money on it that meek wont go gold with his debut album

    • Sikander Kahlon

      Its Not About The Money Everytime. Rappers Also Make Music For FUn, Enjoyment. Mixtape Is A Medium Of JOY. But When It Comes To Hustle And Money. Album Is There

  • Anonymous

    meek is an average rapper...no substance at all

  • drake

    faded is the best song on the tape

  • Anonymous

    "because he just flat-out refuses to switch up the delivery" haha dx telling the truth the beat is the only way you no its not the same song.

  • Anonymous

    meek mill is the hardest mofo out!

  • Anonymous

    most overated mixtape ever how the fuck it get like 3mill on datpiff it only got like 3 good songs, fuck?

  • B.o.bBessofALLTIME

    MEEK MILLAY I FUX WIT U DoG

  • Marc

    This mixtape has 2 or 3 solid tracks, only one track of which would be worth downloading but the rest of the tracks on the mixtape are repetative with no thought process into it, all this mixtape is about just like the rest of his music is pirex this, pirex that, get money get money, fuck bitches, same as any other radio rapper...Now Ab-Soul's new album Control System shits on this heavily...Not one track on that album does he rap about the same thing...Nor is he rapping about money, cars, stealing girls, selling drugs, basically being a studio thug...

  • Lindani Bennie

    Right now as I'm writing this comment I'm playing his freestyle for 'Faded'. This mixtape is the best to come out since 'Rich Forever'.

  • jiga

    he gets killed by every guest

    • LondonEast

      AMEN (no pun intended) EVERY guest kills this dude... How you get killed by big sean man, damn.

  • Anonymous

    Damn I actually like Flexing and Lean with it, and unlike Ace Hood he can actually rap.

  • GROWDY

    Agree with the review-rating. It's really strong in the beginning, but some of the guests are wack (Mac Miller tho?). Volume 1 is still the one to beat. I knock this though... Meek is talented as fuck.