Meek Mill and Drake have now put their rivalry behind them, but it’s evident that it was draining for both artists.
Hip-hop fans have been waiting three years for Meek Mill to release an album. Expensive Pain was released today, October 1st, as a result of their patience. Soon after the album’s release, the rapper sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to discuss his opinions on it.
Meek Mill also discussed his now-famous beef with Drake back in 2015, in addition to the album. After the Philadelphia rapper accused Drake of utilizing a ghostwriter on their collaboration “R.I.C.O,” the two began arguing. Both musicians created a series of trash tunes, as is customary when rappers feud. Meek Mill joined the Toronto star onstage in Boston in September 2019, putting an end to their feud.
Meek recalled that 2019 had been a difficult year for him, especially since he and Drake were feuding.
I was at a disadvantage. He was winning, in the eyes of the people. I still walked my way through that, went through prison, I had to go through something. Once I bounced back out, Championships,” he said.
Meek Mill also acknowledged that the situation has been difficult since the outbreak. Despite the circumstances, the “Going Bad” rapper believes that his latest album is some of his best work, and he stands by it.
“I’m going to stand on my talent, and I’m going to remain confident and hope that people pay attention to what’s going on because they got a long way to go. I’m trying to keep pushing,” he added.
Expensive Pain, he continued, is one of his favorite albums right now since it gave him the opportunity to truly express himself. Meek explained that the title was inspired by his time in the studio with Lil Uzi Vert and Brent Faiyaz. On the CD, both artists are featured. Both artists have features on the album.
“I actually said expensive pain on a song with Uzi when we was in a booth rapping. I said, ‘You ain’t rich, your stash can’t pay my drug bill.’ Basically we smoke a lot of weed and stuff like that, and I was playing it for Brent Faiyaz one day in the studio, he heard me say that, he was like, ‘That bar hot.’ He was like, ‘That’s a fire word, expensive pain.’ He was like, ‘That should be an album title.’ And I start thinking about it and then I stuck with it,” he added.
In addition, the rapper discussed how rap mogul Jay-Z inspired his thinking as a businessman and an artist. Roc Nation is Meek’s current manager. Because music was so essential to him and others growing up, he highlighted how much The Blueprint influenced his mental process. He believes this was affected by the fact that he grew up without a parent to teach him.
“We were young, we ain’t really know about the level of stuff JAY-Z was talking about, but when I got older, I got The Blueprint, I was rapping, I was making music. So that was the beginning of me falling in love with how JAY move and how he handle business,” he revealed.
The fact that Jay Z is continuously looking for ways to give back to the black community continues to impress the “All Eyes on You” artist. He also revealed that he occasionally texts Jay-Z to express his gratitude for the work he is doing for young black people.
“Sometimes I even text him and be like, ‘Yo, you’re making a faster lane for all of us. I want you to know that,’ because that’s a big deal when you break barriers like the ones he break,” he said.
Meek wants to have a healthy relationship with his sons and not replicate his father’s faults if he is to be genuinely successful. One is ten years old, and the other is only a year old.
The rapper’s next step is to perform the full new album at his forthcoming “Expensive Pain: Meek Mill & Friends” playback concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 23.
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