American Hip Hop Recording Artist & Young Rapper Meek Mill
Music shaped the life of Robert Rihmeek Williams aka Meek Mill by changing his humdrum existence from the bylanes of Philadelphia, US to being one of the famed rap or hiphop
|Date of Birth||May 6, 1987|
|Net worth||$4 Million|
artists in recent times. He began his rap career by forming a rap group, Bloodhoundz and posting mixtapes on the YouTube that caught the attention of record companies.
After his brief stint with Grand Hustle, the label owned by TI, his debut album Dreams and Nightmares under Warner Bros. Records and MMG trended at No 2 on US Billboard 200. In 2012, he created Dream Chasers Records label that provides a platform to upcoming rap artists.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US on May 6, 1987, Meek’s childhood was not exactly hunky dory, for his father was killed in an attempted robbery attempt when he was just five. His mother, Kathy Williams brought him up by doing odd jobs including hustling.
Very early in life, he was inspired by his uncle, DJ Grandmaster Nell, a renowned hiphop artist of the eighties. Besides his uncle, a few other individual artists like Chic Raw and Vodka also influenced Meek. He was a school dropout though completed his graduation later.
His interest in hiphop saw him take part in neighbourhood rap battles. Later on, at 16, he formed a rapper group called Bloodhoundz with four other local rappers. The group used to encourage friends to record their songs on blank CD’s and distribute. The Bloodhoundz group released a total of four mixtapes namely, The Real Me, The Real Me 2, Flamerz and Flamerz 2.
Unfortunately, the group didn’t last long as the shadow of crime took its toll. Even Meek was arrested later for carrying an unlicensed firearm and sentenced to serve seven months in jail.
His fourth mixtape, Flamerz 2: Hottest in the City containing singles such as ‘I am so fly,’ ‘Prolli’ and ‘Hottest in the City’ made a huge impression on the founder President of 215 Aphillyated Records, Charlie Mack, who signed Meek. This was followed by meeting Grand Hustle Record’s owner, TI and Warner Bros. Records.
When his career was about to gather wings, Meek was arrested on drug possession and gun carrying charges. Post his release from imprisonment, he brought out Flamerz 2.5, Flamerz 3 (the wait is over) and Mr. Philadelphia by teaming up with DJ Drama.
In February 2011, he brought out his debut single ‘Tupac Back’ featuring famous rapper, Rick Ross as part of the latter’s Maybach Music Group’s album ‘Self Made Vol. 1.’ His second single, ‘Imma Boss’ and later its remixed version became his ticket to stardom by trending 51st on US Billboard Hot 100.
He followed it up with mixtapes ‘Dreamchasers’ and ‘Dreamchasers 2,’ wherein the latter was downloaded a whopping 1.5 million times within six hours of its release. Besides, his debut studio album ‘Dreams & Nightmares’ trended at No. 2 on US Billboard 200. Importantly, to provide a platform to budding rap artists, he launched Dream Chasers Record on October 26, 2012.
He had a brief dalliance with famous rapper singer Nicki Minaj that culminated when Meek had a twitter fight with another rapper, Drake.