Dreams and Nightmares

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Dreams and Nightmares
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)
RecordedJanuary – September 2012[1]
GenreHip hop
Meek Mill chronology
Dreamchasers 2
Dreams and Nightmares
Dreamchasers 3
Singles from Dreams and Nightmares
  1. "Amen"
    Released: June 19, 2012
  2. "Burn"
    Released: September 11, 2012
  3. "Young & Gettin' It"
    Released: October 2, 2012
  4. "Believe It"
    Released: February 19, 2013

Dreams and Nightmares is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Meek Mill. It was released on October 30, 2012, by Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros. Records.[2] The album features guest appearances from Nas, Rick Ross, Wale, Trey Songz, Drake, Big Sean, John Legend, Louie V, 2 Chainz, Kirko Bangz, Sam Sneak and Mary J. Blige.[3] Mill said that it would be more cohesive than his mixtapes by having more connection in both vocal delivery and clearer beats.

The album was supported by four singles in total including, "Amen", "Burn", "Young & Gettin' It" and "Believe It".

Upon its release, Dreams and Nightmares received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in its first week in the United States. The album has gone on to be certified gold for sales of over a 500,000 copies.


In February 2012, Meek Mill posted one of his vlogs, revealing the title for his debut album to be Dreams and Nightmares.[4] On May 14, 2012, in an interview with MTV, Meek Mill revealed the album, "ain't gonna be all over the place like the mixtapes. This album I'ma make it connect, I'ma try to perfect my craft a little more; make sure the flows touch the beats a little better, make sure the beats sound clearer." He also expressed a hope to have these fellow rappers French Montana and Rick Ross (who is also his label-boss), to appear on the album.[5] Later, he stated, in an interview with Billboard, that he was recording "'two to three songs' per day in a studio recently installed on his tour bus." Meek Mill also revealed he did a collaboration with Nas on the track, titled "Maybach Curtains", which may appear on the album. On the collaboration, he stated that, "Nas is one of the best rappers ever. Just having him in the studio, that's a big thing to me. I grew up listening to this guy. I came and I played the beat for him and he liked my music, so we just vibed out." He also added that when it comes to future collaborations for the album, "If I have a song that sounds like it fits Nicki Minaj the best or it fits T.I. the best, that's the people I would sort of lean towards getting on them songs. But it depends on how the songs fit the person."[6]

On July 25, 2012, an unfinished version of his track "Maybach Curtains", was leaked to the internet,[7] which prompted Meek Mill to take to Twitter by saying "Who leaked maybach curtains....I'm not letting nobody hear my shit at all!"[8] In August 2012, during an interview with HipHopWired, Meek stated that, "As far as features on my album I might have the hottest guys in the game that I got on the [mixtape]: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, 2 Chainz...all them guys on the mixtape, so most likely they might be appearing back on the album, but I don't know for sure."[9] Complex named the album cover the eighteenth best of 2012.[10]


The album's lead single, "Amen" featuring recording artist Drake, was released on June 19, 2012.[11][12] The song was first included on Mill's eleventh mixtape, Dreamchasers 2 (2012).[13] Following the song's official release as a single, Philadelphia area pastor Rev. Jomo K. Johnson called for a boycott of Mill due to the lyrical content of "Amen". In a statement, he said that, "As a hip-hop fan, I want to encourage every rap fan in Philadelphia who is a believer in Jesus Christ, to boycott Meek Mill until he acknowledges this blatant disrespect. And being resident of North Philadelphia and pastor, I revoke Meek's 'hood pass' until this happens."[14] On July 17, in an interview on the BET show 106 & Park, Mill stated, "I don’t think no preacher or no church approves of any type of rap music — because rap music, period, is a lot of bad stuff said. But at the end of the day, it's real life. And me, I wasn’t trying to disrespect no religion or anything like that."[15]

The album's second single, "Burn" featuring Big Sean, was released on September 11, 2012.[16] The song also was included on his mixtape Dreamchasers 2.[17] The album's third single, "Young & Gettin' It" featuring Kirko Bangz, was released on October 2, 2012.[18] "Believe It" featuring Rick Ross, will be sent to US urban radio stations, as the album's fourth single on February 19, 2013.[19]

The lead single "Amen" and the album's Intro "Dreams and Nightmares" were certified Gold & Platinum respectively by the Recording Industry Association of America.[20]

Release and promotion[edit]

On June 21, 2012, Meek Mill announced he would be going on a Dreamchasers Tour starting on August 2 and ending on August 27 to promote the album.[21] After originally being scheduled for release on August 28, the release was pushed back to October 30.[2][22] On October 10, Mill previewed the album in New York City for industry insiders including Jay-Z and Will Smith.[23] On October 24, the whole album was leaked online. Meek Mill responded to it by stating, "I ain't tripping. If people wanna buy your album, they're gonna buy your album whether it's gonna leak or not."[24] Mill premiered "Maybach Curtains", on the website Rap Genius, on October 17, 2012. The song features guest vocals from recording artists Nas, Rick Ross and John Legend.[25]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[28]
Consequence of SoundC-[29]
HipHopDX3/5 stars[31]
Pitchfork Media7.4/10[32]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[34]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[35]
XXL4/5 (XL)[36]

Upon its release, Dreams and Nightmares received generally positive reviews by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69, based on 17 reviews.[26] Ralph Bristout of XXL noted that, "Dreams and Nightmares doesn’t break new grounds in hip-hop, however it does serve as a respectable release from the rapper who’s on the verge of universal acceptance—a road similarly traveled by his cohorts Rick Ross and Wale."[36] The Village Voice's Sowmya Krishnamurthy dubbed it "the perfect balance of street rap and commercialism."[37] Marcus J.Moore of BBC Music noted that, "The Philadelphia rapper opts for brutal honesty on debut LP" and stated that "It’s an intricate depiction of the young rapper: Mill doesn’t shy away from his chequered past; he reflects upon it to explain the person he’s become. The compositions are pretty formulaic and the lyrics aren’t overly technical. Still, it works for Mill as a respectable effort that exorcises personal demons and moves him beyond illicit history. He had to grind like that to shine like this."[38] However Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX said: "With 'Dreams & Nightmares' it's clear that Rick Ross' protege Meek Mill needs more time before he can rightfully call himself the lieutenant of the MMG army. With that said, consider this project a dream that could be forgotten by mid-day."[31] Def Pen Radio's Alex Smith called Dreams & Nightmares "impressive," stating, "Meek has found a way to take a gritty street flow and apply it to rich production and appeal to a commercial audience." He criticized the album for its inclusion of tracks previously released, saying, "While some fans may be happy to see these songs again, it’s hard to get excited to pay for something that we’ve already been presented with in the form of a free download."[39]


Dreams and Nightmares was named the fifteenth best hip hop album of 2012 by Spin Magazine.[40] XXL named it one of the top five hip hop albums of 2012.[41]

Commercial performance[edit]

Dreams and Nightmares debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 165,000 units.[42] The album was held off the top spot by American singer Taylor Swift's four studio album Red, which sold over 344,000 units.[43] In its second week on the chart, Dreams and Nightmares descended six places to number eight.[44] The sales of the album for that week were 41,000 copies, bringing the total sales to 206,000.[44] As of June 2015, it has sold 414,000 copies.[45] On May 25, 2016, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[46]

1."Dreams and Nightmares"
The Beat Bully3:50
2."In God We Trust"
  • Williams
  • Byron Forest II
  • M. Jordan
Black Metaphor4:37
3."Young & Gettin' It" (featuring Kirko Bangz)
Jahlil Beats3:26
5."Believe It" (featuring Rick Ross)
Young Shun3:59
6."Maybach Curtains" (featuring Rick Ross, Nas and John Legend)
7."Amen" (featuring Drake)
8."Young Kings"
Lee Major3:51
9."Lay Up" (featuring Rick Ross, Wale and Trey Songz)
10."Tony Story 2"
  • Williams
  • Samuels
  • Boi-1da
  • Burnett
11."Who You're Around" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
12."Polo & Shell Tops"
  • Williams
  • Carl McCormick
13."Rich & Famous" (featuring Louie V Gutta)
  • Williams
  • O. Tucker
  • Robinson
  • Thomas Butler
Jahlil Beats4:15
14."Real Niggas Come First"
  • Williams
  • M. Jordan
  • Matthew Furdge
  • Kenoe
  • Got Koke
Total length:56:36
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
15."Burn" (featuring Big Sean)
Jahlil Beats3:36
16."Freak Show" (featuring 2 Chainz and Sam Sneak)
The Renegades3:21


Sample credits



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[60] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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