9. The Boss Co-Signs Meek Mill
When it came time to build up his Maybach Music Group crew, Rick Ross knew he needed a true, unfiltered (and brazenly loud) voice from the streets to anchor his team of rhymers. Enter Robert “Meek Mill” Williams. The Philadelphia spitter, who had been previously signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records, was already a rising talent in the underground hip-hop circuit from his time as a member of The Blood Houndz.
A well-received series of mixtapes and some serious buzz caught the attention of Ross who recruited Meek to appear on his own 2010 mixtape Ashes to Ashes. By early 2011, it was official: Meek Mill was a made MMG man. With a string of omnipresent singles (“Like A Boss,” “House Party,” and “Amen”) and the release of his Dreams & Nightmares, Meek is now leading the way for a new generation of Philly rhyme sayers.