VIBE & RapGenius Present: 5 Most Lyrical Songs From Meek Mill's 'Dreamchasers 3'
October 4, 2013 - 4:29 pm
Hip-hop moves so fast. Less than seven days ago, rap Internet explorers were anxiously hitting up DatPiff for Meek Mill's anticipated Dreamchasers 3 project (click here to download). Today we're locked on this bubbling battle brewing between Kendrick Lamar and Drake. But we haven't quite pressed pause on the latest from the MMG camp yet. VIBE linked up with the good folks over at RapGenius to pluck out the songs on Dreamchasers 3 that best quench our thirst for lyricism.
This freestyle from Lil Snupe made the cut partially because it was a somewhat unconventional track. Snupe, the promising 18-year rapper and Meek Mill protégé who was murdered in June, flows easily over the beat, but unfortunately his voice is mixed poorly. We hoped for his star-making “Come Up Show” freestyle, where he was reminiscent of a more technically gifted Kanye West wearing a polo rugby, flocked around some of the best rappers in Philadelphia (for 'Ye, it was Beanie Sigel), and stealing the show. The lo-fi freestyle serves as a sad reminder of the life and potential lost.
Meek's Dreamchasers mixtapes are always filled with surprises. On Dreamchasers 2 songs like “Burn” and “Amen” seemed too good not to wind up on a full-length album. And “Lil Nigga Snupe” excites a unexpected emotional response. The third track off Dreamchasers 3 is the Snupe freestyle and this track is an eulogy for him. When a young person dies senselessly, it makes you question the value of everything, and that’s exactly what Meek does here. He considers walking away from the game, retaliating, preaching non-violence, and his own safety. When Meek finishes rapping, we hear Lil Snupe’s voice as he describes riding around Philly in a Bentley for the first time. After all, “all he wanted was a coupe.”
Meek's lyrics are obscured somewhat by DJ Drama’s intro, Diddy’s interjection, and Birdman’s outro. The verse is there, you just have to sift through some the best (see: worst) shit talkers in the game to find it. Once you do, Meek delivers a light but boastful verse about his wealth and women. From Bugattis to wasabi, this is the Meek we know and love. His verse flows into a memorable hook to describe just how he's "leanin."
This song is worth a listen for the harpsichord. Yes, this is the first trap harpsichord, or what shall be known from this point as trapsichord. The song never quite tops its intro, where Mill brags that he’s “sending G4 pilots to the Wing Stop.” (MMG boss, Rick Ross owns a few Wing Stop franchises, so this is some brand synergy). Future and Fabolous are welcome additions, since Future's voice couples all too well with the trapischord and Fab provides one of the best punchlines: "Shorty sound like Big Sean, bitch keep saying 'oh gawd!'"
Jadakiss has been absolutely bodying features over the last five years. Here he steals the show with a verse about wanting the best for his son (a scholarship to a historically black college) and he fires shots at creepers on Instagram. The beat flips “I Got Five On It,” by Luniz, which is a welcome shift in tempo compared to your typical turned-up MMG production.