AOTY 2021

Expensive Pain

Meek Mill - Expensive Pain
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #651 / 675
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Based on 171 ratings
2021 Ratings: #819
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Meek Mill follows his Grammy-nominated Championships with Expensive Pain, a considerably less triumphant set. Simply put, he's never sounded warier.

Meek’s fifth album is an extended victory lap that can be thrilling and thoughtful in spots but is mostly content to aggressively spin its wheels.

Spread across 18 tracks, Meek Mill's creative contouring isn't fully consistent, leading to some awkward moments.

Rolling Stone
When the embattled Philly rapper is on his game, there’s no one better. But his fifth album often lacks focus and energy.

From the record's announcement to the hurried delivery and sloppy sequencing, it all feels disorganised and unusually chaotic for the Philly rapper.

Favourite: We Slide (feat. Young Thug)
Worst: Flamerz Flow (Bonus)

1. Hate on Me (Intro) - 7
[Quite impressive start, like the beat switch up and quite decent flow, just lyrically needs to be a little better]

2. Outside (100 MPH) - 5
[Once again really like the flow and production but lyrically this is very average]

3. On My Soul - 6.5
[Good lord the vocals did not fit this song whatsoever but lyrically it has improved though]

4. Sharing Locations (feat. Lil Durk and Lil Baby) - 4
[Such ... read more
Started this album yesterday, but then I got in a call and it went until mad late so I finished it off today. So, yeah, my thoughts may be a bit all over the place.

Meek Mill is a rapper whose name I've heard plenty of times, but one who I'd never heard a full project from. So, ultimately, that's what compelled me to listen to his newest drop "Expensive Pain", his first new album in three years. At eighteen tracks long, there's quite a lot of ground that Mill gives himself to cover, ... read more
Huge step down from Championships, beats are dreary, generic and boring. Some standout tracks and some standout features but nothing special and a big downgrade from what we've seen before.
Despite having released countless mixtapes and albums under his belt, my exposure to Phili raised rapper Meek Mill just started with his 2018 album Championships. That release came shortly after he was dealing with many legal issues and during a sharp increase in national cases of social unrest, so those two factors fueled many of those tracks and made it a good intro for me to the rappers work, but his newest release Expensive Pain takes a step back into sounding just like everything else. The ... read more
Meek Mid strikes again.
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Added on: September 15, 2021