EP Review | Meek Mill – 4/4 (Parts 1 & 2)

I’m just gonna go ahead and post this review until the new Kanye review is finished. Kanye’s fuckin’ up. I’m running out of patience. If he doesn’t release the album by midnight tonight then I’ll… Well… I won’t do anything. I’ll be kinda mad tho. Anyway, I’m sorry I couldn’t have that review up tonight. I’ll post it as soon as I can after it’s released to iTunes. I hope you guys enjoy this one until that happens…


 

The first 4/4 EP from Meek Mill was released on January 16th this year, and its sequel came out on January 30th. A lot of people probably thought that Meek Mill wouldn’t be able to come back after his L-taking streak last year. Shit, I thought his career was over after I saw how vicious Drake’s dickriders were getting. Fortunately, people weren’t ashamed to enjoy what they like, so they didn’t stop listening to Meek Mill just because other people said he wasn’t cool. I mean, I don’t personally really like Meek Mill, but people should be free to enjoy whatever they want without feeling like a loser. I first noticed that Meek had signs of life when he dropped the first installment of this EP, which was released in promotion of his upcoming Dreamchasers 4 mixtape. I was surprised to see that people were actually talking about it and checking it out. It was weird, but I was glad to see that dickriders don’t actually have as much power as I thought. Anyway, as I said, I’m not much of a Meek Mill fan, but I think he’s entertaining every now and then. There are definitely Meek Mill songs that I like. I can’t really think of any Meek songs that I think are absolutely terrible. I mean, I gave him a hard time for that Wanna Know track, but other than that I can’t think of anything. I don’t really listen to a lot of his shit tho, so that could be the reason… Anyway, I’m just gonna go ahead and start this now. I really just wanted to do 4/4, Pt. 2 because of a particular track named War Pains, but I thought it would be best to start from the beginning with the first EP, so here we go…

Track 1: Pray For ‘Em (Prod. C-Sick)

Free El Chapo!” Are you fuckin’ shitting me, Meek? I get that rappers are supposed to be hard motherfuckers from the streets who love crack, but this is just stupid. There’s really no reason for Meek to be saying “Free El Chapo.” Why the fuck did he say that? Free El Chapo? What the fuck? Why? Who the fuck does he think he’s talking to? Saying “Free El Chapo” isn’t gonna do anything. It’s not like the government is gonna hear Meek saying that, and be like “…Well, maybe we should listen to him.” I never understood that. You’re supposed to say “Free _____” when someone is unjustly incarcerated. So why the fuck do people always say that shit about people who clearly belong in jail? If El Chapo is freed, people will die, and children’s mothers will become addicted to crack. That’s the only thing that’ll happen. There’s absolutely no reason to free El Chapo. And yes, I know that I’m looking into this dumb line way too much, but it pissed me off way more than it should have. Alright, I’m gonna actually talk about the song now. This beat is cool. It’s not amazing, but I can fuck with it I guess. The first verse was fine I guess. It wasn’t anything special. It was just super generic. I think he did a decent job tho. I guess. His flow is fine. The hook’s alright. There’s a shot at 50 Cent in the second verse. “Niggas hatin’ cause my numbers down, what’d you do, 50? / 20 something; I did 250.” I know Meek & 50 were beefing when this EP came out… Was it before the EP came out, or is this the song that started it? I don’t know… This song is alright I guess. If you like Meek, you’ll like this. If you don’t like Meek, you won’t like this. If you think he’s alright, you may or may not like it. This track isn’t gonna convince you that Meek Mill is garbage, or that he’s a good rapper. It’s the same old shit from Meek. I don’t think it’s really bad. It’s just not very good. It’s okay. 3/5

Track 2: I’m Da Plug (Freestyle) [Prod. Southside]

This is a remix of I’m The Plug, which first appeared on What A Time To Be Alive by Drake & Future. I thought that song was wack af. Maybe Meek’s version is better tho. It’s starting now. Oh God… He’s using the Jumpman flow… I’m so fucking tired of this flow. What the fuck? I just sneezed twice, and my brother didn’t say “bless you.” Dick… Anyway, I’m not feelin’ this beat. Wow. The song just ended. That was actually really bad. He was trying to diss Drake again, and it just didn’t work… “Was that my girl’s tour or the world tour? / I do not know what you pussy niggas goin’ for / This that hundred K a night when you perform tour / Swimmin’ in that good pussy while you’re on tour.” This just isn’t a good song. The beat’s wack, Meek was fallin’ off beat just like Future was, and the song doesn’t do its job as a diss record. Most of these lines are super generic, and could apply to anyone. I’m not feelin’ this. There really isn’t a single thing that I like about this one. It’s wack af. 1/5

Track 3: Gave ‘Em Hope (Prod. C-Sick)

Okay, THIS song is the real 50 Cent diss. This beat is actually dope af. I wasn’t feelin’ that triplet flow that Meek was spittin’ with at first, but he thankfully switched it up after a while. Wow. This is actually really dope. Meek sounds great over this beat, and I actually kinda fuck with his flow. I don’t know what the hell that shit in the middle of the first verse was where he started yelling “WOOOOOH,” but other than that I’m really enjoying this. C-Sick put his ass into this beat. The hook’s cool. As a diss track, this isn’t amazing. He doesn’t really start dissing 50 until the second verse, but I think he did a pretty good job with it. I actually really enjoyed that second verse. His flow was dope af. He does a much better job dissing 50 than he does Drake. This is what his Drake disses should’ve been like. I love his aggressive flow on this shit. The beat is crazy. I think this song is great. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 4: FBH (Prod. Jahlil Beats)

I feel like I should love this beat, but it just isn’t really that great to me. I think it’s good. Just not great. The primary loop is dope af, but the percussion doesn’t really stand out in any way. The snares are a little too loud. I’m not really feelin’ Meek’s flow on this one. I’m starting to get tired of his voice. FBH stands for “Fuck Being Humble.” The hook doesn’t really do much for me. I don’t know… I don’t think this song is really bad, but I don’t really fuck with it like that. I don’t think I would come back to this, but it’s okay. I feel the same way about this song that I did about the first one. Meek’s stans will like this. Meek’s haters will hate this. I personally don’t really like it that much. It’s not bad tho. Just not really good. It’s okay. 3/5

Track 5: Fa Sho Feat. T. Dot illDude (Prod. Mando Fresh)

This is the first track from part 2 of 4/4. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Mando Fresh or T. Dot illDude. Hopefully they don’t suck. This beat actually sounds pretty good so far. T. Dot’s on the hook. Wow. I actually really like this hook. I don’t know if I can objectively call it good, but I enjoyed it. He can’t really sing, but I still think it sounded good. Most people probably wouldn’t like it tho. At least this doesn’t sound the same as every track from the first EP. Once the song actually starts, the beat doesn’t really stand out at all. Meek’s first verse was boring. It’s the same as every other Meek verse. I don’t know if I like this… I enjoyed T. Dot’s hook, but other than that this doesn’t really do much for me… Fuck. I really wanted to like this. T. Dot did a good job. Meek just didn’t do much for me. I don’t think this is a bad song. It’s just boring. It’s average. 3/5

Track 6: Ricky (Prod. Chopsquad)

This beat is actually dope af. Meek sounds great on this shit. Holy shit this beat is fucking incredible. Wow. Meek’s style is perfect for this beat. He needs to work with the Chopsquad more often. I fuck with this hook. Meek’s flow is dope on the first verse. This is the kinda shit I like from Meek. I think he does a pretty good job of talking about his old life in the streets. This would’ve made a great intro to an album. …Oh… Oh God… Did this motherfucker just say… “Nevuary?” What the… Fuck? Why the fuck do people say that? That’s so fucking corny. The sad thing is, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard somebody say that. Who the fuck came up with that? That’s fucking embarrassing. I wouldn’t be caught dead saying some shit like that. That’s fucking Big Sean levels of corny. I mean, it’s not bad enough for me to penalize the track, but I really wish he didn’t say that. Wow. That was fucking awful… The song’s dope af tho. It’s just that one line that I don’t like. The rest of the song is great. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 7: Slippin’ Feat. Future & Dave East (Prod. Beat Bully)

Wow. This seems to be a remix of Slippin’ by DMX. Future’s singing on interpolation of the original hook, and he sounds fucking awful. I’m not feelin’ this hook from Future. He sounds really bad. I guess this beat’s cool… I’d honestly rather just listen to the original version. Meek’s verse was alright I guess. It kinda seems like he’s talking about all the Ls he took last year… “Talked down on me when they thought that I slipped / You niggas crazy if you thought I would quit.” I’m really not feelin’ this hook. I fuck with Dave East, so maybe he’ll bring things up. Yup. His verse was actually dope. He easily had the better verse. This is wack to me. It probably would’ve been alright if it weren’t for Future, but, as I said before, I’d rather just listen to the original DMX version. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 8: War Pain Feat. Omelly (Prod. Ben Billions)

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Alright, this is what it was all for. On January 30th, OVO Radio premiered a new Drake song called Summer Sixteen. I’m finna save my thoughts on that track for my review of Views From The 6 when that finally drops, but I’m still finna be talking about it a little bit here. This song came out about fifteen MINUTES after Summer Sixteen, and it directly references lines from that song. According to Meek Mill, Summer Sixteen is another ghost written Drake song. Whoever the ghostwriter was gave Meek the lyrics, so he knew exactly what to say in this song. Meek’s finally approaching this beef the right way. Drake was being incredibly strategic, and now Meek seems to finally be catching up to him. On the intro, Meek says “Location: Toronto. Status: five star hotel, Four Seasons. Them chumps right upstairs; they know not to come down here playin’ no real niggas.” In Summer Sixteen, Drake has a line about how he played Back To Back on full blast in the hotel room directly above Meek so that he couldn’t sleep. What a fucking dick. Okay, the actual verse is about to start now. This beat is dope af. “Catch you out in Brooklyn, get your chain tooken / My Philly boys’ll creep up on you when you ain’t lookin’ / With your lil memes, I be with the real queen / Screamin’ free the real Preme, we be doin’ real things.” He hasn’t really said anything crazy yet, but I’m gonna give him some time. Goddamn. This beat is fucking great. Okay, here we go. “See an OVO chain, probably take that shit / Said dreamin’ wasn’t enough, we had to chase that shit / You ain’t write it’ nigga, we caught ya, can’t erase that shit / And you claimin’ you HOV now? Why you state that shit?” Now he’s finally saying some shit. It only took him a little over half a year. I still can’t believe that Drake’s fans are okay with him having a ghostwriter. If I was a fan of Drake I would’ve been real upset. That line about Drake saying he’s Hov is a direct reference to a line from Summer Sixteen. “I used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella then I turned into Jay.” Meek said “The ghost writer told me!” There’s no way Quentin Miller was still writing for Drake after he got exposed… It has to be a different writer, right? Do y’all think Drake still has Quentin Miller as a ghost writer? I need more info about this shit… “Niggas dancin’ like they fruitcakes / Hotline Bling don’t get no bing up in this new Wraith.” Drake also kinda threw some jabs at Tory Lanez, who I used to REALLY fuck with and always liked more than Drake, in Summer Sixteen. Meek Mill worked with Tory Lanez before he had a buzz, so I guess it makes sense that there’s tension between him and Drake. Tory is also from Toronto, and he has a very similar style to Drake. Basically, he’s Drake if Drake could rap. “Tory from the 6, you hatin’ on him, lord knows.” I think Meek actually did a really good job with this song. Omelly is about to go in now… Why is he here? This is like when Tupac put The Outlawz on Hit ‘Em Up. Of course I’m not comparing these two songs in terms of quality. I’m just saying that nobody wants Omelly here, just like nobody wanted the Outlawz on Hit ‘Em Up. I don’t think Omelly’s verse was terrible, but I definitely could’ve done without it. I liked his aggressive delivery tho. That was pretty dope. I fuck with this song. It’s dope. It would’ve been great if it weren’t for Omelly. This is easily the best Drake diss that Meek’s ever put out. I fuck with this song. It’s dope. 4/5

Final Thoughts:

Both of these projects together were alright I guess. I actually think the second one was kinda good. The first one was alright. You should definitely give this a listen if you’re a Meek Mill fan. It’s nice to see that his career isn’t completely over because of Drake, even though I don’t really like Meek that much. The first EP is just standard Meek Mill. Don’t expect anything new. Actually, I guess the second EP is more of the same too. It’s just a little more polished, and pleasant to the ear. If you don’t really like Meek, I think you should still give this a chance. It’s not very long, so there isn’t much to lose. If you hate Meek Mill, or you’re a Drake stan, then I’d steer clear of this shit. This is actually better than I expected it to be honestly. I wasn’t expecting it to be that bad, but I think I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s still not great tho. I liked the second EP. The first one was alright. Overall, it’s okay.

Part 1:

Favorite Song: Gave ‘Em Hope

Least Favorite Song: I’m Da Plug

Verdict:

60%

Part 2:

Favorite Song: Ricky

Least Favorite Song: Slippin’

Verdict:

70%

Overall:

Favorite Song: Gave ‘Em Hope

Least Favorite Song: I’m Da Plug

Verdict:

65%

MEH

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