Album Review: Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money

Dreams Worth More Than Money by Meek Mill

#aotd is Dreams Worth More Than Money by Meek Mill. Musically, this album is pretty standard, trap and pop rap. While this album isn’t bringing anything groundbreaking to the table, there is still plenty to enjoy here. The production is an obvious highlight, there is plenty of trap flair but tracks like “Classic” and “Stand Up” bring some unique instrumental variation in the form of some organic instruments like bass, drums and piano. Even some of the more standard tropes are executed in a different way, like on “R.I.C.O” which features a sluggish distorted trap beat lead by a great string sample. The poppier aspects on the album can be hit and miss, the Minaj and Brown featuring “All Eyes On You” has a killer hook and is a surprisingly genuine love song helped greatly by Minaj’s presence on the hook and her own verse. Her next appearance on the album “Bad For You” falls into bland territory and The Weeknd’s feature on “Pullin’ Up” sees the spotlight focus way too much on the guest instead of exploring the back and forth dynamic of a proper feature. Meek’s own performance isn’t too different from that of his trap compatriots but he brings an admirable amount of energy and is more than capable of carrying tracks by himself. Two of the best songs of the album the Tupac referencing “Ambitionz” and “The Trillest” see Meek riding the album’s excellent production with a proficient flow and captivating charisma. Lyrically, he can be somewhat shallow but he does at least scrape the surface of introversion on some of his songs. On the closer “Cold Hearted” Meek laments the effect money has had on his friends and family, it is one of the numerous moments he comes through with something surprisingly mature. This album has a sizable chunk of forgettable tracks but even at its most benign the great production makes it at least listenable. At its best though this album is something to be reckoned with and is worth listening to for anyone who wants a familiar but polished take on trap rap.
Rating: 3.3/5

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