Dreamchasers rejoice: Meek Mill has just revealed the cover art and release date for his heavily anticipated fifth studio album Expensive Pain, due out Friday, Oct. 1.
The album’s cover is based on an original painting by renowned artist Nina Chanel Abney.
Meek also took to Instagram leading up to the announcement to share a video of the artwork coming together.
Expensive Pain will be Meek Mill’s first full-length offering since he dropped his fourth studio album Championships back in 2018. That one gave Meek his second Billboard 200 No. 1 debut and was also nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2020 Grammys. This latest body of work is set to feature previously released singles “Sharing Locations” featuring Lil Durk and Lil Baby, as well as “Blue Notes 2” with Lil Uzi Vert. Both singles came with vibrant music videos to match the energy of the track. “Blue Notes 2” is also the sequel to Meek’s 2016 track “Blue Notes” off his acclaimed mixtape DC4.
Meek Mill has been on a tear these last few months. Besides dropping these singles, the Philly native has released a barrage of freestyles, was honored with the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award by PTTOW (Plan to Take on the World), and still delivered some of the best rap verses of 2021 with his version of Drake’s “Lemon Pepper Freestyle.” All of this has just been a prelude to a project that is sure to satisfy his fanbase's hunger.
Expensive Pain is available for preorder here, and will be released on Friday, Oct. 1.