Meek Mill is a rapper from Philadelphia. He’s put out five albums. His most recent, Championships, debuted at #1 on the charts, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album.
Back in 2007, He was arrested on a gun charge at the age of 19, and over the last eleven years, he was sent to prison four times for parole violations. But in July 2019, based on evidence of alleged police corruption, the Pennsylvania Superior Court threw out his conviction, and the parole violation that had led to his most recent time in prison, a five-month sentence.
It was soon after Meek Mill was released that this song, “Trauma,” was created. He took inspiration from his experiences in prison, and his early life in Philadelphia.
In this episode, Meek Mill and Don Cannon, who produced the track, break down how the whole thing came together.
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his most recent championships, debuted at number, one on the charts and was nominated for Grammy for best RAP, album back into
as in seven he was arrested on a gun charge at the age of nineteen and over the last eleven years he was sent to prison
four times for parole violations, but engine?
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stone evidence of alleged police corruption. The Pennsylvania Superior court threw out his conviction
and the parole violation that had led to his most recent time in prison a five month sentence
it was soon after me. None was released to have the songs trauma was created it against me,
from this experiences in prison in his early
I can feel it off here in this oppressive meekly
oh and Duncannon, who produced the track breakdown? How the whole thing
but go about a name, a meek mill when I
a prison. I wonder
play my mind frame where I come from
so twenty three hours a day. I could do something he mentally when it was
the lady, and
you know, I had a heads up, we going to be released from jail,
so I want to say, like how can I jump were with meek and make some feel excited?
in classic and mean something to the culture. How can we
both from Philadelphia. So we have similar fight similar battles as a kid.
If, from the age of a toddler, to like ten years old, I used to love playing a game, I used to get a's and B's, and then, when
are going outside on my front step. People was getting shot that was selling drugs. Of course,
got tangled up in a life I had to protect myself
the feed myself the age,
eighteen accord a case again case. I was,
charged with a bunch of bogus charges beat by the police, was on approach,
issue for eleven years sent to prison four times in a long process
a dedicated myself to making music, and I never turn back.
the minute he got out I reached out to, and you know you had a lot of things going on. You know
it's getting out
and I just say yo I got some for you. It's going to explain everything I started
in answer to be making process with him a long time ago. He was a youngster, but this being
was a lot more of a thinking process more than it was actually
major sit down making a beat. If you,
but some are makes earlier. Freestyle videos he asked
If we start on this mob deep record
I'll get away. My diet, like was rap, is done. Inspire me
actually wrapped up there, be
the disease it offers and just pass them out- and you know that's how I started to get my buzz- is worse,
best freestyles. In my opinion,
I did a little research on it. I had it in back of my mind, like man, maybe
did try to tap into the original sample of the Mobb Deep record.
And it showed from the progress
from when he started to now
they have always Barclay James harvests
You can be higher
You know he's always have a big drains. Trying to get away from you noticed simple stuffing gain to the next level is always having to dream
dream? Chases is label he's eyes,
the kids have a dream.
I met a lot
When creating I look at it like a script, I create the storyline. I lay out the sample
I didn't have to figure out. How can I keep a certain bounce and aggression
you know. Sometimes, when you get these telltale stories from artists,
beats are really downplayed because you don't want to interfere with the message that the artist is trying to give out. So I was trying to figure out how to keep the beat and aggression going. The same way
I just want to have up temple fill and not just on lay back fail to get his message off and I felt like a fuckin pull it off. I can give him the
the best out of his self about the story.
you know. I don't know if he was ready to jump back in, but I sent it over to him.
He was I hold this for me. Don't let us nobody does some special for.
he came to Atlanta
call me tell me pull up to the studio
he's not gonna. Want you to hear some records. He was half way through the process at a first verse. Any
it's plan and it was like about fifteen people in there. They was like YO. This one right here is exactly what he needs need
he and he got to the hook yet, but I already knew once he got that content on the first verse. I saw oh yeah. This is going to be special
we must have gotten you want to you, they will make it sit awake, they give em a check. We still niggers, though, which was spread.
I was locked up with a guy before I had to let him use a collect call just to contact his family after his mother died, couldn't connect with his family. So you know it's just like
If you are imprisoning your mother dive, you don't have a certain amount of money. You can't even go pay your respects to your mother that could make or break you just that alone. Knowing that
amount of a delicate stop you from seeing your mother for the last time
and you know me seeing that being in prison around people who are poor or me coming back and me having resources and having money and able to support myself and my fans
me from jail. I just had a different
outlook on home my damn they won't. Let him go see their mothers in a casket unless you have money to pay. That was kind of
unfair to me- and I never sets a well with me- I just want to go-
people a bird's eye view of the story I had to welcome. Many of us had to walk that's kind of silent,
it get away, part of sample meant a lot because
lot of people, don't understand, being locked up twenty three hours of dark and one hour of light, what it
see a brain. You really just want to get away.
it's the main lot of things give me leave earth leave the show.
The dreamer in beginning, which was the intro and then
Go to. Getaway was basically him getting a chance to speak or how it was inside and how you was feeling.
I make all my music on the spot.
I don't write my music down, so you know soon, as I get a thought, I got to rush to the booth and lay it down piece by piece. I think that's a great thing
other times towners you write down things. You are
he got it the filling out on paper, so now you're reading it back and you're not giving it a certain amount of fill in this. Are we back and is very hard to give it the same energy? When
your brain you're, giving out the emotion as you're saying it
what they tell you, sometimes when you're depressed or you're feeling some type of way right. All your thoughts down on paper you'll feel better. Wrapping is different.
you speak into the mic, you know I mean
all your motion to people. They fill it a certain way,
tell them on experiences from grown up any cyber environments, like a
don't care being shut down and all Lady Cumnor now who don't even notice, cares and when I got shot or black
is she holding 'em. Tell 'em like this Bri baby, like hang in there, I know pizza
these them plus Cupid at ease they shut aboard
only he when he could have told him just freeze could have put them in a cop car, but they let him just bleat the Emily.
Come in baby, just breathe.
at one in particular, was just chill given it just take
me back to where I see moms run the middle of street.
It tried to wake the baby up and they already passing and know what I you say that line. I know exactly what you're talking about so
a platform speak freely and the world to hear his troubles, and you know I was happy about their debts were exactly what I was aiming for and they
I say, oh, how can I make this record bigger? You know
go to musicians of fifteen hundred enough in their band.
for you know, Snoop Doll, J C. There
the girl with taken records to the next level. So you know what I'm trying to get that field. Always
Cheltenham to really put the icing on the cake,
You know those guys come from the church, so they're always bring an end to the best of the best
I don't even have to tell them sometimes where I'm going for, I did say YO. I need like that.
The grunge fill. You know what
like you're walking through the neighborhood on Halloween, so they put
small vocal chop in the back of them feeling like it's, that mysterious horror, film filling and then
live guitars in there
I do know all my journey would make. It was light weight for the proper time and give
The canvas to paint on
sit there and you're listening to him. You feel some type of way. I just want the job
When I say I see my brother's blood on payment, hey you wake up in the morning for the evil basis,
I see what are your home? Is your fringe of family members shot down
see too much or you'll start waking up in the morning and feeling evil feeling like you want to.
get revenge. Fellow, like you want to protect
Therefore, you might want to kill or do anything or harm someone else because
doors, so must try me, I hate
my real reason why I made the song. I always thought of it like this. I used to have
Community Service, with the veterans in
I used to see some of these veterans. You know they might have went to war in their soldiers that they went to war with two of them. Five of mighty got killed, some of them
have like mental issues because they seem too much and been through too much
and you know they might have post traumatic stress.
paranoia paranoid, think someone to kill him and commit a crime
you gonna, find the court system. The first thing they bring up. Is this
the veteran is post, traumatic stress,
Neighborhood is one
The last one left, all four brothers was killed,
carrying a gun in a neighborhood, her Gaza killed offers brothers as they probably prodigal, kill too. So you know each
defend itself. He Guinness, I may catch a case, and you know
we go in court for carrying a gun. We,
I'm Goin essay on paranoia if you can
the data in my neighborhood, those three hundred kids? They look like me murdered this year, my neighborhood, that's! Why
the carrying a gun that doesn't work.
Black and brown men in court? Do you think they are
even bring post, traumatic stress up in a court, were they labour
You a gang member or a they, don't even bring it up. They don't
Sid off a circumstance. Denham base it off of mental health, post traumatic stress disorder. Is there
fair to Sudan, as fair
what am I gonna go to school
you might ride to the hood of the ghetto and you might see kids on the corner name and face might be balled up in frowned up. You know
people automatically classify him he's a bad guy he's dangerous, he might be dangerous, but
might be in a a eyes ma might be on drugs. He probably meant
Tempe animals this year. No, it's hard to really fix your face and fix your image in seem to be happy when you been to these type of things so where we come from it's a different world and now here's trauma by meek, mill and its entirety.
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to learn about Reform Alliance, the organization he cofounded that aims to reduce the number of people serving unjust parole.
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