Before Meek Mill’s new album Championships drops this Friday, the Philly rapper has been speaking his truth in a series of interviews and TV appearances. The latest comes from Beats 1, where Meek sits down with Ebro Darden to talk about making up with Drake, the Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B beef, Kanye West, and more.
Back in September, Meek joined Drake onstage during the Toronto native's tour stop in Philadelphia. The moment was more than a photo op for the two formerly feuding artists. “We chopped it up onstage and did it out of the love. But after that we played ping pong,” he tells Ebro. “He beat me out of 100,000. He did some slick Drake shit. He’s definitely a finesser.”
Meek goes on to discuss how the beef got heated during a particularly rough patch in his life. “I was going through shit at the same time. I was caught up. I was getting high, going through media...public breakups. I’ve got the biggest rap beef going on, and a lot of people not in my favor. So I’m not even in a good place” he explains. “I had to revamp myself and just get to the money.”
Championships includes features from Ella Mai, Kodak Black, 6lack, Cardi B, and more. This raises some eyebrows considering his ex Nicki Minaj’s very public beef with the Bronx emcee. But Meek says he has no stake in their fight whatsoever. “Why wouldn’t I have a song with Cardi?” he asks, after commenting on her rising popularity. “I ain’t on that. I’m on some straight positive, get money, doing what I need to do the way I need to do it.”
But Meek does have some qualms when it comes to Kanye’s recent actions. “I was looking at Kanye with that Trump interview and I was looking at it like ‘Why are you even speaking on it? You ain't go through that,’” he says, before admitting he’s still grateful Kim Kardashian is speaking out about criminal justice reform. “I don’t know what her actual goal is...anyone who is speaking up and trying to help is needed.”
Championships marks the rapper’s first full-length project since his release from prison in April. "I'm talking trauma. I'm talking PTSD. I'm talking the system. I'm talking racism," Meek says of his new album.
You can listen to Meek Mill’s entire Beats 1 interview Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. ET.