Every year in hip-hop, there are a few releases that arrive with an air anticipation that differs from the average album drop, and in 2017, Meek Mill‘s Wins & Losses LP carries that distinction. Aside from being another collection songs from one rap’s most enthralling stars, Wins & Losses is also the first studio album from Meek Mill now that his epic clash the titans with Drake, various rap beefs, and his breakup with Nicki Minaj are in his rear-view. His name becoming a punchline and synonymous with defeat for a period time following his back-and-forth with his Canadian counterpart, Meek Mill was faced with odds that appeared immeasurable to the casual fan, however, those familiar with the Philly native’s backstory were not so quick to echo those notions, and Meek has proved them right, unleashing a steady barrage quality street music over the course the past 18 months.
Mixtapes and random loosies can get a rapper on the public’s good side, but for the rap game’s heavyweights, their legacies are built largely through their catalog albums, and the stakes were high as ever for Meek Mill heading into the making his. Released right in time for the thick the summer festivities, Wins & Losses is a redeeming effort on the part Meek Mill, as he turns in what is being championed as his most impressive body work to date. Addressing many the questions and concerns that fans had about his life and the people in it, Meek Mill comes out swinging on Wins & Losses, but compliments it with a wise sense clarity, a testament to his maturity as an artist and a man.
The Boombox shares five songs from Wins & Losses that stand a cut above the rest and highlight Meek Mill’s return to form.