Dreams Worth More Than Money

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Dreams Worth More Than Money
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Studio album by Meek Mill
Released June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29)[1]
Recorded 2014–15
Genre Hip hop
Length 54:19
Label
Producer
Meek Mill chronology
Dreamchasers 3
(2013)
Dreams Worth More Than Money
(2015)
4/4
(2016)
Singles from Dreams Worth More Than Money
  1. "Check"
    Released: June 1, 2015
  2. "All Eyes on You"
    Released: June 26, 2015
  3. "R.I.C.O."
    Released: June 29, 2015

Dreams Worth More Than Money is the second studio album by American rapper Meek Mill. It was released on June 29, 2015, by his record label Dream Chasers Records, distributed by Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records,[2] it was initially scheduled for release on September 9, 2014,[3] however, it has been delayed few times due to Meek Mill's revoking of his probation on July 11, 2014, thus sentencing him to jail for 3 to 6 months.[4] The album made its entry at number one on the US Billboard 200; and sold 246,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, with 215,000 coming from traditional album sales, marking as Meek's first number-one album on the chart.[5] Due to the change in the tracking week by Nielsen Music SoundScan, its first week sales were counted towards its second week on the charts,[6] at the 2016's Billboard Music Awards, the album won an award for Top Rap Album.[7][8]

Background[edit]

Meek Mill said that with this album, he is focusing more on rapping than on money, he said that rappers, especially in Philadelphia, have not received credit for helping their communities going on to state during his interview with XXL stating, that "If I’m in the position to help, I’m gonna help."[9] Meek Mill says that he has come to realize there is more to the music industry than wealth, a philosophy which resulted in the album's title, called Dreams Worth More Than Money.[9]

Promotion[edit]

In July 2014, Meek Mill released the trailer for the album,[10] on May 10, 2015, Meek Mill released the statement the album track list has been finalized.[11][12] Eleven new teasers were posted to his instagram page, on Nicki Minaj's official website, she stated that they were filming a music video for his second single from the album, called "All Eyes on You". The track features guest vocals from Minaj herself, and American recording artist Chris Brown, the music video was directed by Benny Boom.[13] On July 22, 2015, Meek Mill publicly criticized rapper Drake on Twitter after being upset with Drake's alleged use of his ghostwriter appearing on the album.[14]

Both of the album's respective tracks, the beginner, "Lord Knows" (which features uncredited vocals by Canadian artist Tory Lanez), and the tenth entry, "Check", were later included on a soundtrack to the 2015 boxing drama film, Creed, which was released later in November of that year. The Creed soundtrack was also published by Atlantic Records, the current distribution label for Mill's label, Maybach Music Group.[15]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[16]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[17]
Billboard 3.5/5 stars[18]
Complex 3.5/5 stars[19]
Consequence of Sound B[20]
HipHopDX 3.5/5[21]
Pitchfork 7.4/10[22]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[23]
XXL 4/5 (XL)[24]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 74, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 13 reviews.[16] Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX said, "Dreams Worth More Than Money is a slight misfire for Meek Mill, but enough is there the we think he can eventually achieve in his music the high he’s achieved in his personal life.[21]

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Result
2016 Billboard Music Awards Top Rap Album[25] Won

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 246,000 equivalent album units (215,000 in pure album sales) in the United States, became the artist's first number-one album and the largest sales week since Dreams and Nightmares. It is also the fourth largest sales in the first week for an album of the year,[5] the album spent a second week atop the chart, which was adjusted to an eleven-day tracking period due to alterations in Billboard's tracking week schedule. This period included the previous weeks sales, as well as four days into the following week. Sales for this 'week' reflected the album's total sales since release, and are to 293,000 equivalent album units,[6] after spending 2 weeks at number one, the album fell to number 3 in the third week on chart, with 95,000 units earned in the week ending July 16.[26] By the end of 2015, Dreams Worth More Than Money had sold 350,000 copies domestically.[27]

Track listing[edit]

Dreams Worth More Than Money – standard edition[1]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Lord Knows" (featuring Tory Lanez) Play Picasso 5:18
2. "Classic" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Mr. Bangladesh 2:47
3. "Jump Out the Face" (featuring Future) 2:41
4. "All Eyes on You" (featuring Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj)
3:43
5. "The Trillest"
  • Williams
  • Juan Peters
  • Jonathan Ng
Stoopid On Da Beat 4:35
6. "R.I.C.O." (featuring Drake)
3:17
7. "I Got the Juice"
2:55
8. "Ambitionz" 3:57
9. "Pullin' Up" (featuring The Weeknd)
4:29
10. "Check"
  • Williams
  • Wayne
  • Luellen
  • Metro Boomin
  • Southside
3:14
11. "Been That" (featuring Rick Ross)
3:01
12. "Bad for You" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • Williams
  • Maraj
  • Diehl
Ben Billions 3:23
13. "Stand Up" Danja 4:04
14. "Cold Hearted" (featuring Puff Daddy)
OZ 6:55
Total length: 54:29

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • "Classic" features background vocals from Jeremih
  • “Stand Up” features uncredited vocals from DJ Khaled

Sample credits

  • "Lord Knows" contains samples from "Mozart's Requiem Lacrimosa" performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
  • "All Eyes on You" contains an interpolation from "Notorious Thugs" performed by The Notorious B.I.G..
  • "The Trillest" contains a sample and excerpts from "Gone" performed by The Eden Project.
  • "Ambitionz" contains an interpolation from "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" performed by 2Pac.
  • "Been That" contains samples from "The Upset" performed by Paul Kelly.
  • "Bad for You" contains samples from "Heart Attack" performed by Flight Facilities featuring Owl Eyes.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[45] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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