Meek Mill may be behind bars, but that hasn’t stopped his 2013 song “Dreams and Nightmares” from blowing up. The track garnered an impressive 1.47 million streams and 47,344,210 plays on Spotify the day after Superbowl LII.
If you happened to miss the big game on Sunday- ( what were you even doing???)
the Philadelphia Eagles walked out to the song, reminding the entire world of its existence.
and yes- they bleeped out Meek’s naughty words. The Superbowl is a family friendly event, except for when Justin Timberlake accidentally exposes Janet Jackson’s boobies to the world.
Meek Mill is a Philly native, and it appears this was the Eagles’ way of supporting Meek through what many fans believe is an un-just prison sentence.
-For the record-
He violated his original Guns and Drugs probation 5 times before being sent to prison for popping a wheelie on his motorcycle.
We’re not saying the prison sentence is right- but the man WAS given plenty of chances to abide by the law.
Anyway, we digress…
The track saw a 71% increase in streams from February 4th to 5th- and rose to the spot number 5 on the Rap/ Hiphop billboard chart. This is pretty crazy considering that the song barely got any traction when it originally came out in 2013.
With that said- Let’s take a second look at this great Meek song.
there’s a lot to love lyrically.
When you consider how hard Meek Mill flexes in his music- the first half of his moniker “Meek” appears to carry a tad bit of irony.
When I bought the Rolls Royce they thought it was leased
Then I bought that new Ferrari – hater, rest in peace
These first two lines masterfully set up the next two that follow. It starts with Meek’s reference to “Rolls Royce”, a luxury automobile that starts at around $250k for the least expensive model. While many people lease Rolls Royces in order to appear rich, Meek actually has the paper to buy one.
Hater, rest in peace, rest in peace to the parking lot
Phantom so big, can’t even fit in the parking spot
This part of the stanza is working on two levels.
- The Phantoms were a former Philidalphia AHL team who had their stadium torn down and turned into a parking lot.
- The Phantom is a model of a Rolls Royce car- and is a notoriously long car.
And what happens after you “Rest In Peace”? Well, Meek thinks you turn into a phantom. Yeah, exactly like Casper.
I’m the type to count a million cash, then grind like I’m broke
That Lambo my new bitch, she don’t ride like my Ghost
What kind of madman makes a million dollars- decides “nah- that’s chump change” and starts hustling like they did back before they had money?
Meek Mill is so rich that he can afford both a Lamborghini AND Rolls Royce Ghost. but apparently he prefers the ride of the ghost. Apparently, Rolls Royce delivers one of the smoothest rides known to man. It’s said that you can’t even hear the car running from inside the vehicle.
It’s too bad Meek can’t enjoy his money in prison.
When he finally gets out- we hope he’ll be able to keep his nose clean for the long haul.
We want new music!