Last Saturday Meek Mill released 4/4, an EP featuring “I’m Da Plug,” a track seemingly meant to re-spark a battle with Drake, which honestly ended centuries ago. It was still warm outside when Drake dropped “Back to Back,” the diss track that instantly became a club hit, and perhaps permanently put a strain on any future Meek success. It was still 2015 when Drake said what he had to say and gracefully continued on with his success-filled life. Obviously, Drake is equipped with the better punch. While this must have been an ego-crushing realization for the prideful Meek, who started the whole dispute, it’s 2016; a new year. Everyone is pretty much over Meek Mill and his fetish for drama with the wrong people.
There are several reasons why Drake is one of those “wrong people.” Whether he writes all of his music or not he is a more lyrically inclined, and in-depth artist. My lyrical fanatics and hip-hop junkies peeped this. He says inquisitive statements, things that make the average person want to listen; think. While he’s a storyteller, he’s universal. He can hop on any track, and he has. “Hotline Bling,” “Jumpman,” “Practice” are distinct songs that can be a testament to this fact.
Meek, who is more elementary, hops on his tracks with an alluring energy; the type of energy that makes you get hyped. Though, the enthusiasm in his voice might prevent you from immediately understanding his lyrics, it has the potential to make you run a mile or slap someone silly. This doesn’t particularly mean that he’s saying anything spectacular though. In fact, when you can actually manage to hear what he’s saying on his I-hate-Drake tracks, you might find that he only touches on three core things: he has Nicki, he’s real, and Drake doesn’t write his music. I guess his tactic would be effective if Drake wasn’t simply the more fire rapper. Interestingly Meek doesn’t deny the fire. He just touches on those three cores, and occasionally brags about his watches, cars, and masculinity. Way to show substance Meek.
Meanwhile, Drake’s voice is unmistakably clear when he makes his prominent comeback lines. He thoroughly questions, Meek’s masculinity, talent, and easily makes Meek’s efforts look pathetic. Because this was all made apparent three months ago, people are generally uninterested in 4/4.
While it isn’t a horrible EP, the Drake aspect most certainly minimizes the value, especially since the big comeback song, “I’m Da Plug,” is nothing special. Considering Meek’s success before he started picking fights, 4/4 might have been an alright project without the petty tracks. Each song presents that same undeniably Meek formula. There are tracks that will have you dabbing up a storm, going crazy in your car or feeling amped to go out. In fact, producing a project with the same formula, but with a fresh, marketable theme would have been a good look for Meek. Drake might be lyrically, financially, and artistically more seasoned, but Meek is a cool rapper with a solid fan base. That being said, Meek, it’s time to throw in the towel, and look forward to the New Year.