Robert Rihmeek Williams, known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a battle rapper, and later formed a short-lived rap group, The Bloodhoundz. In 2008, Atlanta-based rapper T.I. signed Meek Mill to his first record deal. In February 2011, after leaving Grand Hustle Records, Mill signed with Miami-based rapper Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group (MMG). Mill’s debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, was released in 2012 under MMG and Warner Bros. Records. The album, preceded by the single “Young & Gettin’ It”, debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200.
In October 2012, Mill announced the launch of his own label imprint, Dream Chasers Records, named after his mixtape series. Meek Mill often collaborates with fellow MMG label-mates; he is also known for his appearances on MMG’s Self Made compilation series, with his first two singles, “Tupac Back” and “Ima Boss”, being included on volume one. In November 2017, he was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for violating his parole. He currently serving his sentence at the State Correctional Institution – Chester in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Despite intermittent releases, Meek Mill remains a big name in the rap game, his recent Dreamchasers 3 mixtape being one of the more anticipated projects in recent memory.
Throughout his career, the MMG soldier has collaborated with Rick Ross, Wale, French Montana, Drake, YG, Waka Flocka Flame, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, 2 Chainz, Ace Hood, Jadakiss, Tyga, The Game, Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne, T.I., Trae Tha Truth, Juicy J, B.o.B., DJ Khaled, Akon, Anthony Hamilton, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Mystikal, Timbaland, Juelz Santana, Diddy, Swizz Beats, K. Michelle, Yo Gotti, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Lucadris, Chris Brown, Pusha T, Machine Gun Kelly, Cassie, Bow Wow and more. Last year, he engaged in publicized, Philly-related beefs with Cassidy and Gillie Da Kid, as well as a bit of “healthy competition” with Kendrick Lamar after his notorious verse on Big Sean’s “Control”.
Despite ongoing legal complications stemming from 2008 drug and weapons charges (including etiquette classes), he’s currently working on a new studio album and is continuing to develop his Dream Chasers label. Stay tuned, and look for him on Trina’s upcoming studio album as well.