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Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: Meek Mill’s “Litty”

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A lot of people will avoid listening to Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 4 simply because the Philly MC lost his battle with the biggest name in pop music, Drizzy Drake.

I’m in 100% agreement that Aubrey and his writer’s room got Meek good with the one-two punch of “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” but his victory has given a lot rap fans a selective memory; Meek has put out some great material over the years, from classic tracks like “Dreams and Nightmares” and “A1 Everything,” to killer features (check “Watching” from Ty Dolla $ign’s recent Campaign).

At his best, Meek Mill is a formidable MC, and as insane as it is that a battle rapper from Philly handily lost his feud with a Canadian former child actor, that loss isn’t worth writing off his music. Because as his long-awaited Dreamchasers 4 mixtape indicates, he can still put together bangers like no one’s business.

Chief among said bangers is “Litty,” which finds Meek reuniting with fellow Drake-hater Tory Lanez. The two collaborated on last year’s “Lord Knows,” and the result was glorious; Meek’s fast flows and junkyard dog aggression were a perfect match for Tory’s booming vocals and minor key melodies.

Over Sound M.O.B.’s pulverizing beat, Meek Milly and Tory’s indulge in feverish, grade-A shittalk with fantastic back-and-forth chemistry. But while Meek quips “I feel like it’s a restraining order on that money / Cause y’all stay away from that paper,” Lanez lays title to the song’s best bars by taking shots at Drake and his most well known ghostwriter: “See we both be makin’ M’s / They be making memes, I be making millions / I just counted up a Quentin Miller / A QM, that’s a quarter million.”

I can’t say carrying on as if nothing ever happened is a great road to recovery in all situations, but a song like “Litty” is the best move a no-bullshit street rapper who’s down on his luck could make.