The Philadelphia rapper teased the project Thursday at the 2018 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players event in NYC. Meek, who was there to accept the first-ever Impact Award, didn’t reveal any details about his much-anticipated fourth studio album, but suggested it would arrive sometime next month.
“My album coming soon,” he said on the Power Players red carpet. “It's coming real soon, like in a matter of weeks, to be truthful. Yeah, it’s on the way.”
Though he’s yet to reveal a drop date or title, Meek has already provided a little taste of his forthcoming effort. During a recent stop in Washington, D.C., the rapper shared a never-before-heard cut that references Colin Kaepernick.
“They won’t lynch him by hanging from a tree/They lynch his bank account,” Meek raps on the track, according to Page Six. “They told Kap to stand up if you want to play for a team/And most of his teammates said the same thing […] Back in the ’30s you would be killed if you kneeled/They won’t kill you now, they just take you out of the deal.”
It’s no surprise that the rapper is using his music to shed more light on the social and political issues plaguing America. Meek became one of the leading voices in criminal justice reform after he was slapped with a controversial prison sentence stemming from decade-old charges last November. While accepting his Impact Award earlier this week, Meek spoke about his commitment to social justice and using his platform to encourage change.
“This time when I went to prison a lot of people stood up for me and a lot of people stuck their necks out for me at my roughest time in life,” he told the crowd. “So, you know... I thought it was only right if I use some of my platform and my power to actually reach back and help the people that stood up for me in my worst times.”
You can hear Meek’s full acceptance speech below.
And be sure to check back as more details about Meek’s album roll through.