Meek Mill rose to prominence as a battle rapper in Philadelphia through the early aughts and blossomed into one of hip-hop’s marquee lyricists over the next decade. The a capella freestyles can still be found on YouTube and have since served as the blueprint for prolific producer Knxwledge‘s unofficial and ongoing Meek remix series with the latest installments like MEEK.VOL5 and MEEK.VOL6 releasing earlier this year. As fans patiently wait for the follow-up to Meek’s critically-acclaimed 2018 album Championships, the rapper gifted his audience with a new freestyle over an instrumental tagged as a “Meek Mill Type Beat” on YouTube.
In the video, Meek is presumably on the road with a mobile studio set-up, friends hanging out in the background. He turns to the camera and rattles off a minute and a half verse over a soulful beat with chipmunk soul vocal samples and piano keys. It’s his first new release since his track “Otherside of America”, his co-sign of social justice reforms and condemnation of police brutality. Overall, Meek has shifted his focus to political activism by donating 10 million masks to U.S. prisons during the coronavirus pandemic through his and JAY-Z‘s REFORM Alliance. He also joined celebrities like Rihanna, Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber in signing an open letter to New York to repeal statute 50-A, a decades old law that protects police personnel’s disciplinary records from being seen by the public domain.
Meek teamed up with Justin Timberlake for “Believe,” a motivational anthem paying tribute to Nipsey Hussle earlier this year. The caption of the video reads, “What beat should I smoke next?” Fans can remain hopeful that he’ll continue to drop more surprise freestyles throughout the year leading up to his next full-length album.
Watch Meek Mill’s new freestyle above. In more music updates, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce he won’t be releasing any new music until he’s freed from his Sony Music and Universal contracts.