Championships

Meek Mill - Championships
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #392 / 735
User Score
Based on 179 ratings
2018 Ratings: #752
November 30, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

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.

80
NME
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.
80
XXL

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.

80
Highsnobiety

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

80
Clash
Meek Mill has definitely earned his place as the people’s champion, and in turn has provided his best album to date.
78
HipHopDX

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.

77
Pitchfork

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.

75
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.
70
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.
60
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.
45
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.

zachthesnack
35
Never thought I would see Phil Collins get a sample on a trap rap album.
68
Earlier this year Meek Mill dropped a short EP "Legends of the Summer" which, in retrospective, was an indicator of what "Championships" would be like. Its a good project, whether you are a long-time Meek fan or a newcomer. Unfortunately, just like the EP, its also very forgettable and leaves a weak impact after it ends.
"Championships" is a grand 70-minute project that really shines when Meek pairs up with other artist for some great features. Some of the best ... read more
75
As much heart as meek mill put into this track, as some personal tracks were (Whats Free, Trauma) we all wish Meek would move away from Pop Rap, and attempt something more experimental, and use his unique agressive flow, and lyrical ability behind experimental instrumentals, and more unique lyrics.
BrickTacos
70
Take out Splash Warning, On Me, Almost Slipped, and 100 summers and this is 10/10
nnxsgny
NR
ross droppin an f bomb like it's 2004. real rap
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#28/Complex
#50/DJBooth (Hip Hop / R&B)
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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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