Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 3 was one of the more disappointing projects of 2013. The brash young rapper established himself on the Philadelphia streets, but it was 2012’s Dreamchasers 2—an instant mixtape classic that crashed Datpiff’s servers upon release—that highlighted what looked like real superstar potential. Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of those cases of the mixtape being better than his actual album. Meek's Maybach Music Group debut, Dreams & Nightmares, had the double whammy of coming out seven days after Kendrick Lamar’s masterpiece good kid, m.A.A.D. city and hitting stores the same week Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Dreamchasers 3 was supposed to re-establish Meek’s brand, but it came and went quietly.
Now Meek is needs a real album, and a real good one, to cement his place in hip-hop—just when the MMG empire is starting to look vulnerable. He built his reputation on street anthems like "Tupac Back" and "I'm a Boss." Hopefully, 2014 will stand as the year that one of rap's brightest new stars got himself back on track. —Insanul Ahmed