Meek Mill’s “Dreams & Nightmares” is a force to be reckoned with at club and live events, and now one of the Philly rapper’s peers is proclaiming it the Black National Anthem.
On Wednesday (August 3), Griselda rapper Armani Caesar took to her Twitter to heap praise on the 2012 track.
“Meek Mill’s ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ is like the black national anthem. N-ggas damn near put they hand over they heart when that piano start,” she tweeted.
In Caesar’s opinion, there’s no way a song can’t be considered an anthem when fans will stop what they’re doing to recite the lyrics with passion.
Meek Mill’s Dreams and Nightmares is like the black national anthem. Niggas damn near put they hand over they heart when that piano start ?
— Armani Caesar (@ArmaniCaesar) August 4, 2022
Armani Caesar isn’t the only rapper that feels Meek has one of Hip Hop’s greatest anthems under his belt. During an episode of his acclaimed podcast, Joe Budden recognized the song as having the best rap intro of all time.
“Meek for me has the best rap song of the last decade,” Budden said about the track. “I don’t think it’s blasphemous to say. It can be said. It’s safe to say.”
Meek’s breakaway hit was produced by The Beat Bully and became so popular that the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles used it as their anthem throughout their improbable Super Bowl LII championship run. After their win, NBCSports Philadelphia called the song “the greatest Philly sports anthem ever.”
Meek will be looking to recapture the magic of that record after recently announcing he’d be dropping some new music starting this month to honor the anniversary of his father’s death.
The rapper wrote on Twitter he plans to flood the streets with 10 independent mixtapes in the fall following his split with his Roc Nation management earlier in the year. He kept his promise as he shared a series of clips of him in the studio with legendary engineer Young Guru playing three new tracks.
In one of the clips, Meek teased a trap-infused song that sampled Big Pun’s classic “It’s So Hard,” which featured Donell Jones and appears on Pun’s 2000 posthumous album Yeeeah Baby.
“I had asked this stripper are you trnya leave or throw these ones at ya lol,” Meek captioned the post, quoting the snippet. “FINISH THIS OR NAW???”