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MEEK MILL

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Generally soft-spoken and reticent about his personal life, 25-year-old Meek Mill is inclined toward privacy, a rare asset among a generation of big personalities who often issue more bark on Twitter than bite on a track (although Mill’s Instagram account, featuring dirt bike stunts and flashy whips, is the stuff that legends are made of). He chalks this tendency up to a pensive nature, which is at least partially a result of the eight months he spent in jail, in 2008. “I’ve been in jail fifteen months altogether,” he says. “I had the time to think and I took my career more seriously when I came out. I took everything more seriously. I’m kind of a professional now.” 

Shortly after landing in stores and on iTunes, Mill’s debut studio album, Dreams and Nightmares, became the number two album in the country, and number one on the Rap and R&B charts. It sounds like a dream come true, but there were definitely a few nightmares along the way. “It’s about my life,” he says. “Things I’ve experienced even making it to this point. Where I am right now, I could have been dead or in prison. Getting involved in the streets, I had close calls.”

Born Robert Williams, the Philly native began his career in music with a group known as the Bloodhoundz, which released four mixtapes, earning him a deal with T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. “My friend and neighbor used to call me ‘Meek Millions,’” Mill says of the name he goes by now. Indeed, money was always an effective motivator for the young artist. “I just handle my business,” he says. “It’s something I learned, for a long time.”

Mill mostly sees success as manifested in wealth and doesn’t dwell on the value of accolades, which he’s earned from the likes of Nas and Mariah Carey. “I’m the type of guy who doesn’t actually get excited,” he shrugs. “But it gives you good feelings to know that you are working with a legend like Mariah. To hear a statement from a person like Nas, it feels good, man. But then, when the time comes, I handle my business. I’ve always had a level head.

“But it isn’t all money,” he continues. “I love making music. I always write and I like to hear good music, so when I’m done making it, I like to have a good piece of work. I like every song to be loved by the fans and played and taken seriously.” Looking toward the year ahead, he says, “I’m just turning up. I’m still young in the game. I just dropped my first album and I plan to have a nice, long reign in the game. This is the beginning of a legacy. I’m staying out here and staying hot.”    

Dreams and Nightmares is out now from Warner Bros./Maybach Music

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