Meek Mill is sending 2018 out the right way thanks to a special honor from BET.
The CHAMPIONSHIPS crafter has been deemed the 2018 Man of the Year by the network due, in part, to his vocal criticisms of the country's deeply rooted criminal justice shortcomings.
"Who Meek Mill is today is the best version of himself with more sky to climb," the network said in a statement announcing the honor. "His interviews are now meaty. He's never sounded more articulate, more personable, more informative . . . Meek widened America's eyes toward its own illnesses. For example, he spoke from a personal perspective on how a low self-worth and desensitization to the judicial system prevented him and so many others from fighting inaccurate charges."
Meek's CHAMPIONSHIPS success, which included a No. 1 opening on the Billboard 200, extended to JAY-Z's 2018 favs roundup. Meek's "Oodles O' Noodles Babies" landed on JAY's year-end Tidal playlist alongside tracks from Travis Scott, Sheck Wes, Migos, Kids See Ghosts, Nas, and more.
The album itself landed at No. 28 on Complex's year-end ranking, right between albums from Royce Da 5'9" and Denzel Curry. Catch the full list here, or don't. I don't personally care what you do.
The year-end celebrations will continue next week in Miami, where Meek will be performing at the Story nightclub for a New Year's Eve throwdown.