- 12:10 PM, Aug 17
Back in 2011, Meek Mill was relatively unknown but his fate changed quickly when Rick Ross took him under his wings. Born May 6, 1987, Mill was first recognized as Robert Williams from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both of his parents died when he was only 5 years old. His grandmother and uncle, Grandmaster Nell, took him under their care.
It was Nell, a Hip-Hop pioneer that inspired Mills to pursue a career in music. In his teens, Mill began by forming a rap group. "I was in a group, BloodHoundz, me and my little homies from around the way. But we all started getting locked up and everyone started going their different ways," he said of the short-lived group.
Mill venture out alone as underground rapper and his name traveled to industry veterans and talent seekers. Through his manager, Mill was briefly signed to T.I.'s label Grand Hustle Records. Unfortunately, the young rapper was locked behind bars and so was T.I., therefore the business did not translate.
And then fate played its role. "Running into Ross on the road or rocking shows with Ross, he might be the headliner and he would stand around and watch me rock a show. Ross was on twitter one time and he was like, 'Philly Wat Up'. I hit him up like, 'Yeah Ross, wat up? Why don't you get on this 'Rozay Red remix'," he told Parle magazine of his meeting with Ross.
Mill was officially signed to Ross' Maybach Music Group in February 2011. He released his debut single "Tupac Back" later that year with Ross as featured guest. The single appeared in the label's compilation album "Self Made Vol.1". But it was the remix of "Imma Boss" that really put Mill's name out there. It charted peaked at number 51 on Billboard Hot 100 and at number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
He released a mixtape in May 2012 as precursor of his debut album, "Dreams & Nightmares". In the same month, he signed with Roc Nation for management. "Amen" was then released as the first single from his album, featuring recording artists Drake and Jeremih. "Dreams & Nightmares" is released on August 28, 2012.
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