by Carla Bynum
The album’s intro “On the Regular” highlights the activities Meek and his crew participate in on a regular basis, such as sell dope, dodge court cases, and rock a lot of chains.
Meek is showing gratitude on the track “Blessed Up” where he reminisces on his days on the streets of Philly and how he overcame a lot of obstacles.
If it wasn’t for the music, Meek knows that he would’ve died a long time ago. He opens up about the obstacles he’s faced in his life and was able to overcome them and now he’s living his dream. He wants all his doubters and haters to see him “Shine.”
Meek collaborates with fellow Philly native Lil Uzi Vert for the first time along with his woman Nicki Minaj on the track “Froze.” The braggadocios song features all three artists rapping about how icy their jewelry is.
Quavo and Desiigner are featured on the song “The Difference” about their respective flashy lifestyles.
When Meek enters the room they turn the “Lights Out.” He always has his entourage with him who are all getting money like him. He references the use of social media to put on a show for followers. This is a reference to his many online beefs with fellow rappers Drake, Game, and 50 Cent.
“Blue Notes” is a mild and jazzy track that features samples from Snowy Whites Midnight Blues. Due to the songs quite nature, it’s likely to be overlooked but it’s also my favorite track on the album.
“Offended” is a forgettable song featuring Young Thug and 21 Savage. While the beat goes hard, it sounds like everything already on the radio.
Newcomer YFN Lucci joins Meek on the song “You Know.” Meek raps about a special lady in his life who already knows that nobody can take care of her the way he does. The song also features additional vocals from Nicki Minaj.
Meek is feeling “Way Up” this year. Things have been looking up for his career and he has seen major successes. The song features Tracy T.
“Two Wrongs” certainly don’t make a right but when it pertains to the streets that logic doesn’t matter because it always comes down to ‘your life or mine.’ In the first verse, Meek threatens anyone who tries to stop his shine. Meek and Pusha T rap about their lives on the streets and those who cross them. The song also features Guordan Banks.
“Tony Story 3” continues the intense story of Paulie who killed Tony in Part 1 and Tony’s little brother in Part 2. Part three of the series showcases Paulie’s fall. The song ends with Meek proclaiming that Part 4 of Tony’s story will be a movie, literally.
The album’s “Outro” was originally supposed to be featured as the intro on Meek’s sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money. The song didn’t make the cut and was instead repurposed for the outro of DC4. The song features French Montana and his protégé Lil Snupe who was murdered in Lousiana in 2013.
The fourth installment to Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers series has been highly anticipated, especially since the third installment was released in 2013. Considering the grittiness and popularity of the series, I expected this installment to go a little harder. While the musicality of the mixtape is nice, it seemed to lack the rawness Meek is known for. Overall, the mixtape was nice but hardly my favorite of the series.
Recommended Tracks: “Blue Notes,” “Tony Story 3,” “Litty,” “Two Wrongs”