Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, born Robert Williams, began releasing mixtapes in 2006 with The Real Me.
Within a few years, after the release of Flamerz 2, his output prompted offers from Warner Bros. and T.I.'s Atlantic-affiliated Grand Hustle. The MC opted to align with the latter, but he never signed and spent some time in jail. Once free, he continued pushing mixtapes, including a fourth volume of the Flamerz series, and was included in XXL magazine's Freshman Class feature for 2011. Through Twitter, Meek Mill caught the attention of Rick Ross, signed to the MC's Maybach Music Group, and appeared on the label's Self Made, Vol. 1 compilation prior to releasing his first proper studio album, Dreams and Nightmares, in 2012. Its biggest hit was "Amen," featuring Drake, which peaked at number four on the Billboard rap chart. After dozens of his own featured appearances, including one on a remix of Ace Hood's "Bugatti," Mill lit up the gossip pages in 2015 when he began dating Nicki Minaj. That same year, his sophomore effort Dreams Worth More Than Money landed with Minaj, Ross, Drake, and others on the guest list. Led by the single "All Eyes on You," it entered the Billboard 200 at number one -- one spot higher than his debut. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi