Watch rare footage of Meek Mill freestyling in 2005
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Watch rare footage of Meek Mill freestyling in 2005

Meek Mill is rightfully a big fish in hip-hop and has consistently been bringing us quality music from the start. From Dreams And Nightmares to Expensive Pain, the Philadelphia rapper has some fantastic projects to his name. However, as well as producing excellent albums, Meek also produces headlines as he’s synonymous with controversy and has had feuds with everyone in the industry.

Meek Mill’s feuds are undeniably entertaining. However, sometimes they can distract listeners from the music that he’s making. The rapper has feuded with everyone, from Cassidy, The Game and Drake to Beanie Sigel, 6ix9ine, and the list continues. Furthermore, the emcee has had several highly publicised run-ins with the law. His dealings with the criminal justice system date back to 2005, with his most recent legal charge coming in the form of a firearm misdemeanour he received in 2019

The 35-year-old artist (real name Robert Rihmeek Williams) was also in a high-profile, highly volatile relationship with Queens rapper Nicki Minaj. Minaj, after their relationship, in a public spat, even made allegations of domestic violence by Williams.

Taking to Twitter in 2020, Minaj wrote, “You a clown. U do IT for likes. #TwitterFingers beat women, scared of men.” She continued, “You beat your own sister and taped it. Spat on her and taped it. Kicked me in front of your mother and sent her to the hospital.” Of course, no official charges got pressed by Minaj, but his drama involvement has kept the spotlight on Meek. However, drama aside. Meek Mill is still a talented rapper and has been rapping for over 15 years. 

Meek Mill musically peaked in the mid-2010s. With projects such as Dreams Worth More Than Money topping the Billboard 200 in 2015 and Wins & Losses doing the same, the lyricist has seen the heights of fame. However, before this, Mill was a young rapper making his way as part of The Bloodhoundz crew. As a collective member between 2006 and 2008, he released four collaborative projects and three solo mixtapes, including, The Real MeThe Real Me 2, and Flamers. 

With his music performing exceptionally well at a local level, the musician caught the attention of Aphillyated Records CEO Charlie Mack. From here, he began meeting essential industry figures. Following an exchange with Atlanta artist T.I., Mill exited his record deal to enter one with T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. 

With the label closely tied to DJ Drama, in 2010, Mill dropped Flamers 3: The Wait Is Over as part of Drama’s Gangsta Grillz mixtape series. One of the songs from the project ended up with an official remix featuring T.I. and Rick Ross. Between 2010 and 2011, Grand Hustle Records began having financial and legal issues.

As a result, in 2011, alongside Wale, Meek signed and became part of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. However, it’s still important to look back at Mill before he had the limelight and see how far he’s come. Below you can watch a freestyle Williams gave in 2005.