Date: September 5-7

Meek Mill has been having a tough year. His debut album, Dreams And Nightmares, underperformed sales wise and was generally considered a disappointment. He has been trying to reignite his buzz by releasing songs off his upcoming Dreamchasers 3 mixtape, but interest seemed to be waning. He has been hearing criticism that his aggressive flow that stood out on songs like “2Pac Back” and “I’ma Boss” has yielded to a lazy tendency to just yell over beats. Worst of all, back in June, his protégé, and Dreamchasers Records signee Lil Snupe was shot and killed.

It looks like Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse was exactly what Meek needed to reignite that competitive spark in him.

Towards the end of the week, Meek let off a pair of diss records, reasserting himself as a force to be reckoned with. It started with “Kendrick You Next,” a blistering attack, recorded over a series of classic instrumental tracks, directed towards a longtime enemy, fellow Philladelphian, Cassidy. Sure enough, the next day, Meek went after Kendrick himself. Rhyming over a remix of the “Forgot About Dre” instrumental, “Ooh Kill Em" (named after the hit series of Vine videos starring the six-year-old wunderkind, Terio) paints the self-proclaimed “King of New York” as an inexperienced backpack rapper—Meek even made fun of the way Kendrick makes gunshot noises. He definitely scored himself some points by rapping 

Apparently, criticism and frustration and tragedy have served to sharpen Meek’s lyrical sword. He sounds hungrier than he’s sounded in a long time, and his voice has actually dropped a few decibels as he switches up his flows more. “Ooh Kill Em” may not be a modern-day “Ether,” but it is likely the strongest response towards Kendrick to come out so far. And now, with Dreamchasers 3 just a few weeks away, people are talking about Meek once again.

Just last night, Cassidy responded to “Kendrick You Next” with his own eight-minute diss record called “Catch A Body.” Cassidy sounds tired and lackluster and outside of a couple of below-the-belt moments (he claims that Meek is responsible for Lil Snupe’s death) there isn’t much notable. Except the song's length: Eight minutes is waaaaaay too long. 

Speaking of things that seem like they never end, earlier this week Papoose tried to jump into the diss record fervor by going after Big Sean over the “First Chain” instrumental. The result was a snoozefest. The source of his beef with Sean? That the Detroit native didn’t know who he was to begin with. Headlining Summer Jam certainly revived Pap’s career somewhat, but it looks like the train has already left the building. On the bright side, Remy Ma is almost home from prison. —Dharmic X

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