Meek Mill, aka Mr. Nicki Minaj, labeled himself "Popeye on that spinach" on his 2012 major label debut Dreams and Nightmares, an apt descriptor of the Philly native's muscular bark, which he employs to generally impressive effect on dark tracks that veer far closer to the nightmare end of the spectrum. "Everybody bleed," he spit on "In God We Trust," and his verses tend to dwell on concrete-cold street tales that occasionally blur with his own biography (in Dec. 2014 the rapper was released from prison following a six month sentence stemming from a gun and drug conviction).

Meek Mill, aka Mr. Nicki Minaj, labeled himself "Popeye on that spinach" on his 2012 major label debut Dreams and Nightmares, an apt descriptor of the Philly native's muscular bark, which he employs to generally impressive effect on dark tracks that veer far closer to the nightmare end of the spectrum. "Everybody bleed," he spit on "In God We Trust," and his verses tend to dwell on concrete-cold street tales that occasionally blur with his own biography (in Dec. 2014 the rapper was released from prison following a six month sentence stemming from a gun and drug conviction).

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