Born on May 6, 1987, Meek Mill’s birth name is actually Robert Richmeek Williams. He grew up in poverty, his father having been killed in an attempted robbery when Meek was only 5 years old, and his mother struggling to make ends meet.
Meek was exposed to hip-hop music at a very young age, and his major influences at the time included Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff among others. Although Meek was shy and untalkative in his youth, he started taking part in rap battles as a teen under the name Meek Millz.
His career in the music industry took off when he started his own rap group called the Bloodhoundz. The Bloodhoundz released 4 mixtapes before Meek parted ways and embarked on a solo career. His solo mixtapes caught the attention of Rick Ross who signed him to the Maybach Music Group (MMG) label.
In 2011, Meek Mill released his debut single Tupac Back ft Rick Ross, which became the lead single from MMG’s compilation album Self Made Vol. 1.
A year later, his debut album came out. Dreams & Nightmares was released to critical acclaim, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Meek’s second album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, was even more successful, topping the Billboard 200.
In 2018, his album Championships was released, and he and Jay-Z co-founded the REFORM Alliance – an organization formed to help reform the criminal justice system.
In the News
Mill’s greatest fans should hold on to their seats, as it seems that Meek Mill has something in store for us. He recently tweeted: “I’m making power moves wit jay & em #levels”. So, while nothing’s yet confirmed, it appears that Eminem, Jay Z, and Meek are working on something together, whether it’s a new song or something more, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Stay tuned with the Shade Room to find out more!