Meek Mill “Wins & Losses” Album Review

1. Wins & Losses – 7/10 – Meek Mill has certain “formula” in which he starts all of his albums off with. The formula pretty much consists of “yelling” followed massive amounts of “energy” being expended trying to quite the “haters”… This formula worked out really well with Meek’s debut album “Dreams and Nightmares”, but in 2017 Meek’s “weapon of choice” is getting very “dull” quickly…

2. Heavy Heart – 7/10 – A  “good” song. I probably won’t go back to listen to this song after i’m done listening to this album, but it does it’s job by keeping me entertained for the time being…

3. Fuck That Check Up ft. Lil Uzi Vert – 7/10 – This song is probably my favorite track of the entire album. The subject matter is just “ehhh”, but the instrumental is subtly dope AF! It kinda reminds me of more subtle version of that P.E. instrumental on the song “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic”… Oh wait i’m speaking to a “Meek Mill audience” right now… Y’all probably think that “P.E.” was that class you took during 4th period… Moving on…

4. Whatever You Need ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – 5/10 – This is the first real “misstep” of the album IMO… One trend of today’s music that I really don’t understand is why is it now “popular” to have two male singers on the same track? I started noticing this around the time “The Life of Pablo” was released last year, and the trend has continued. Do these rappers really want to pay twice the amount of money so these singers can do half their normal work? Also who wants to hear two grown men synchronize their voices together any way. That sh*t was cool in the 70’s, but not today…

5. 1942 Flows – 6/10 – “1942” is the tequila that Meek drinks apparently… It makes sense that he was “on one” when he made this record though because the “hook” on song is f#cking terrible! Meek should not be “singing” hooks under any circumstance whatsoever! The “raps” on this song are solid, but i just had a really hard time getting past that awful “hook”…

6. Issues – 5.5/10 – I’m starting to have as many “Issues” with this album, as Meek Mill has in his personal life, and that’s a lot…

7. We Ball ft. Young Thug – 5.5/10 – I feel like my ears are experiencing some very uninspired bullsh*t right now! This album is getting more forgettable by the song… “Selling dog food tryna feed my pups. Young rich n*gga and i’m built Ford tough” These lyrics like these aren’t going to cut it for me…

8. There Scars ft. Future & Guordan Banks – 6/10 – A decent chorus from Guordan Banks. Not a bad song, but at this point of the album i’m expecting something more “memorable” then this…

9. Connect the Dots ft. Yo Gotti & Rick Ross – 7.5/10 – Easily the best song thus far! A ton of quotable lines in this song!… “Homie said he a blood, we gon’ paint that shit on dog”, and “What type of boss is you, you gave your dawg a draco (draco, draco)
Real bosses put their dawgs on the payroll (payroll, payroll)”
are same of the best barz of the entire album…

10. Fall Thru – 3/10 – This song is just on whole nother level of terrible!… “Fucking on you good got you bustin’ like you Rambo. If you keep it hood so you really understand though. You was there through my ups and downs like a camel”. There’s no way anyone could defend this…

11. Never Lose ft. Lihtz Kamraz – 6.5/10 – Not terrible… At this point ill take a “not terrible” song. “Wins and Losses” is the perfect title for this album because there plenty of both on this album…

12. Glow Up – 5.5/10 – So let me get this straight… Drake releases a song titled “Glow” this year, and now a few months latter you release a song titled “Glow Up”? Maybe its just a coincidence… Oh wait its not! How do I know this? Meek uses a freaking “Drake flow” in this song!… “Top boy, that my bro, bro. Old school, that my woah, woah. She fuck me on the low, low. Got her on strings, yoyo. She post up for MCM and we like, “That nigga Jojo”. When we out and we see him he always ask for photos…”. This is one of my “biggest problems” with the Meek Mill of the last two years! He lacks “sonic” consistency!… If you “hate” Drake so much quit making music that sounds like Drake is you biggest musically inspiration!… This is all very frustrating to say the least…

13. Young Black America ft. The-Dream – 7/10 – The “Jay-Z” instrumental on this track was cool to hear. It brought me back a bit since I hadn’t listened to that particular Jigga record for a few years now. It’s probably not a good sign that I would rather be listening to an “old Jay-Z” song rather than this “new Meek Mill” song right about now… The song is solid, but not much beyond that…

14. Open ft. Verse Simmonds – 5/10 – “I’m gonna write my name on my tongue, tongue, tongue all over your body, yeah I know what you want. Keeps them legs up in the air…” This song is really like a “2”, but i’m feeling generous today. Also why is it “cool” to eat pussy nowadays? If you said that sh*t in the 90’s your rap career would be over real quick…

15. Ball Player ft. Quavo – 5.5/10 – I remember one instance in my childhood where i flew over the handle bars of my bicycle while I was riding it and hit my head on the concrete… Fortunately for myself I was wearing a bicycle helmet and avoided any serious brain injuries, but in another reality/dimension I truly believe that there is another “me” currently living who was far less fortunate that day… Brain damage is no laughing matter! This is why i’m glad that there are artists like the Migos who cater their music to people who are mentally handicapped and less fortunate then us. Personally I (the person in this universe) don’t care for this song too much, but another me in different timeline might f#ck with song heavy. You just never know…

16. Made It From Nothing ft. Teyana Taylor & Rick Ross – 7.5/10 – Thank God for Teyana Taylor! At this point of the album I was really starting to question my own sanity. Out of the last 12 songs I had only given two songs a grade of 7 or higher. This song might be the most “memorable” track on this entire album, and it has very little to do with Meek Mill. The vocal performance that Teyana gives is one of her very best IMO. Easily her best song since Vince Staples 2014 song “Limos”. “Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross” is something I might of been interested hearing back in 2012-14, but nowadays I have virtually no interest in listening to that sh*t.

17. Price – 7/10 – A solid track to end the album with. Meek wants us all to know that bosses have feelings too! The subject matter on this album was very limited for the most part. I’m happy that he’s finally moving away from talking about his beefs with Drake and Nicki, but he didn’t really bring anything new and interesting to the table with this album. He’s back to talking about the same stuff he was talking about 5 years ago, and its just not that compelling to listen to in 2017. He’s had personally growth over that time period, but it’s been marginal growth at best…

 

Overall score: 5.5/10 – This is not Meek Mill’s best album… It’s probably his worst IMO. There are plenty of things that are holding this album back from being “great”. The lack of songs with a score of “8” or better is a real problem for me. I could be more forgiving of this album’s inconsistency’s if there was just more great music on this album, but there isn’t. I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged last year when I heard “DC 4” for the first time. To me that album/mixtape was levels above this project as far as quality and originality is concerned. To me “Wins and Loses” is a loss for Meek Mill. Meek Mill “Stans” might be claiming that this project is “fire”, but for me it sounds more like “scorched earth”…


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