AOTY 2020


Meek Mill - Championships
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #443 / 830
User Score
Based on 288 ratings
2018 Ratings: #524
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Tempered by both celebration and struggle, Championships shows the duality of Mill's world — one that still reflects on the past, but has made leaps towards his future — and that's perhaps the greatest win of them all.

Though some songs stray, sounding like loose threads, it feels like Meek’s making up for lost time rather than cynically touting for streaming numbers, and he comes back fighting: ‘Championships’ cements the Philadelphia artist as one of the best in the game.

While the 31-year-old Meek has arguably never sounded sharper and Championships’ high points are very high—oh, look, a break-up-to-make-up event record with Drake—there's also a sense that he needs to touch all the bases. At nearly 70 minutes and 19 tracks, some streamlining would give the project some needed immediacy.


Championships’ 70-minute run time doesn’t keep it from being as forceful and focused as any project Meek has ever put out.

Meek Mill has definitely earned his place as the people’s champion, and in turn has provided his best album to date.

It’s not a classic by any stretch, but Championships is showing that he’s gotten away from a lot of bullshit that ran himself into a corner on past albums and some corny songs when he was riding high and dating Nicki.


Up until now, every Meek Mill album has been several shades less entertaining than it should have been, as the rapper’s fired-up screeds inevitably gave way to a dreary parade of grievances. Championships finally breaks that curse.

Consequence of Sound
Opting to be more multifaceted than flashy, Meek Mill demonstrates the kind of versatility and maturity that should comfort anyone that might have been worried about his career longevity. It doesn’t hurt that most of the tracks slap.
Rolling Stone
The ultimate result is an inspired release that hearkens back to the Roc-a-Fella days of the mid-Aughts, full of diaristic writing, song-cry beats and ridiculous skills.
The Guardian
The album has some filler ... but mostly it is a cinematic tale of a man freed, though still carrying the burden of representation.
The 405

It turns out we put too much on an artist who’s always been best in doses. Mill’s blunt force assault of a flow can really only do so much, and the 70 minutes that compose Championships stretches it far too thin.


Championships is arguably the most important project of Meek Mill's entire career, and that is because it is his first full length commercial project after being released from prison. And Meek spends a great deal of Championships discussing his situation, and the traumatic experiences that came with being not only sentenced to four years in prison, but actually spending a few months in prison. He goes into great detail about his mental psyche during this extremely troubling time ... read more
Never thought I would see Phil Collins get a sample on a trap rap album.
It has some really unnecessary tracks that could've stayed away, but it's actually his most enjoyable to date

Everything between What's Free and Going Bad is fire
Favorite Track: Oodles O' Noodles Babies

Least favorite track: Tic Tac Toe (feat. Kodak Black)
Some of Meeks most mature work is on this album, but yet often surrounded by just forgettable trap music, although he delivers bangers in the first half. Basically, stop being melodic
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Trauma
  3. Uptown Vibes (feat. Fabolous & Anuel AA)
  4. On Me (feat. Cardi B)
  5. What's Free (feat. Rick Ross & JAY-Z)
  6. Respect the Game
  7. Splash Warning (feat. Future, Roddy Ricch and Young Thug)
  8. Championships
  9. Going Bad (feat. Drake)
  10. Almost Slipped
  11. Tic Tac Toe (feat. Kodak Black)
  12. 24/7 (feat. Ella Mai)
  13. Oodles O' Noodles Babies
  14. Pay You Back (feat. 21 Savage)
  15. 100 Summers
  16. Wit the Shits (W.T.S) [feat. Melii]
  17. Stuck in My Ways
  18. Dangerous (feat. Jeremih and PnB Rock)
  19. Cold Hearted II
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Added on: November 16, 2018