Meek Mill and The-Dream have released a new single and video from forthcoming album, Wins and Losses.
This Wins and Losses track now marks the third song that we’ve heard from the critically renowned Philly rapper’s upcoming project. Following the other two recently released singles, “Glow Up” and “Whatever You Need, ” “YBA” has proven to be the most thought provoking and profound of the three.
Created as a message to young Black Americans, Meek Mill uses an old Jay Z instrumental to share his wisdom in regards to overcoming circumstances and finding success. The instrumental is a flipped version of Jay Z’s Blueprint classic entitled ‘Blueprint( Momma Loves Me).’
Directed by Spike Jordan, the ‘Young Black America’ visual depicts Meek Mill conversing with a young black drug dealer and sharing his experiences, realizations, and regrets he’s thus far collected in life. “I was on that corner,” he raps. “Trying to get my coins up / Coppers run up on us / And we turning Jackie Joyner / White man kill the black man / They never report us / Black man kill the white man / They gon’ start a war up.”
In another scene he raps, “Young n***as brainwashed/They just wanna rap and hoop/Could’ve been a lawyer/Until they came and shackled you.”
Toward the end of the video we’re shown a snippet of an immensely controversial speech given by Donald Trump in which he directly addresses African Americans stating: “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed.” If the other scenes in the video (the two shootings and daily adolescent drug deals) didn’t elicit strong emotion, this clip was definitely intended to do so.
Ultimately, with “YBA, “Meek Mill has taken a stand by revealing some of the harsh truths that plagued not only his life growing up, but also other innocent youth’s. This video will definitely be impactful given that it’s coming from someone who’s been there before.