The track opens up on a humbling admission. "Sorry if I was too arrogant/the money was staggering," it starts before dipping into a recollection of spending 23 hours in a prison cell. The hook is a hands-up, call-to-power that looks up for inspiration in a time when "the devil is trying to take my soul." The whole thing is an emotionally pungent track that feels like it calls on the harsh realities of our country's recent events and looks for solace from a divine source. That message is made all the more clear when a choir chimes in towards the end and makes the song even more stunning before everything ends on one important note: "Circumstance don't define you. Your choices do."
The track's timing is interesting considering DJ Drama is gearing up for the release of his new album, Quality Street Music 2, which is set to arrive next week with Meek's name being absent from the full length's tracklist. In an interview Tuesday with Hot 97, DJ Drama revealed that the track couldn't make the final cut because of Meek’s recent legal issues and conditional house arrest. One day later, the track has made its way online. Clearly, DJ Drama didn't want this track to go unheard and it's easy to understand why after one listen.
It's easy to see why this cut would fit on the album that boasts a stacked lineup of impressive guest features from the likes of Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown, T.I., Young Thug, Mac Miller, Trey Songz, August Alsina, and more. Listen to "Boyz In The Hood" below and look out for Quality Street Music 2 to drop next week on July 22. You can also catch DJ Drama on The High Road tour this summer with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa when it kicks off July 20 in West Palm Beach, Florida.