9. Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 3
Release Date: 6/11/2013
Label: 215 Aphillyated/Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros.
Guests: Future, Jadakiss, Trina, Waka Flocka, Gourdan
The first two Dreamchasers mixtapes were both better than Meek Mill's official debut album—something about the rushed rawness of the mixtape process suits the quick-tongued Philly rapper better than more meticulous, highly calculated major label fare. After some delay due to a busy touring schedule, the third installment is set to hit the streets this summer, and judging from the first single, "Levels," Meek's back in his comfort zone. Listen to his voice squeek as it hits a higher register over the rising-and-falling piano loop. "That's the reason that you mad, nigga?!" he says, taunting a lower-status rival. "I love ballin', my bad, nigga." That's the reason we're psyched-'cause Meek sounds amped.