Legends of the Summer (EP)

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Legends of the Summer
Meek Mill – Legends of the Summer.png
EP by
ReleasedJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
Recorded2018
Length13:44
Label
Producer
Meek Mill chronology
Wins & Losses
(2017)
Legends of the Summer
(2018)
Championships
(2018)
Singles from Legends of the Summer
  1. "Stay Woke"
    Released: June 26, 2018
  2. "Dangerous"
    Released: November 5, 2018

Legends of the Summer is the fifth extended play by American rapper Meek Mill. The EP was released on July 6, 2018, by Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records.[1] It is the follow-up to Meek Mill's third album Wins & Losses (2017), and his first project since his release from prison in April 2018.[2] It includes guest appearances from Miguel, Swizz Beatz, PnB Rock and Jeremih.[3] The production handled by Hitmaka, Jahlil Beats, Mike DZL and Prince Chrishan, among others.[4]

The EP was supported by one single: "Stay Woke" featuring Miguel.[5]

Background[edit]

On July 5, 2018, Meek Mill began teasing both the project's artwork and music.[6]

Singles[edit]

The EP's lead single "Stay Woke" was released on June 26, 2018.[5] The song was performed with Miguel at the BET Awards on June 25, 2018.[7][8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX3.2/5[9]
Pitchfork7.2/10[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]

Legends of the Summer generally received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Mosi Reeves of Rolling Stone wrote "Over a breezy 13 minutes, Meek Mill fills his listeners with hope that, yes, it is possible to survive and thrive in a country seemingly determined to deliver rough extrajudicial justice to people of color."[11]

Scott from The Scott & Andre Show said "I thought it was pretty bad, I didn't enjoy listening to it...it was bland, it was unremarkable", and in a slightly more positive review, Andre said "I'm just gonna say it was mediocre. I agree...it was not very remarkable at all, but I thought the saving grace for it was the production".[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

Legends of the Summer debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200, earning 26,000 album-equivalent units, with 6,000 coming from pure album sales.[13] It serves as Meek Mill's fifth top-ten album in the United States.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from ASCAP.[14]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Millidelphia" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Pliznaya3:35
2."Dangerous" (featuring Jeremih and PnB Rock)3:54
3."1AM"Jahlil Beats2:43
4."Stay Woke" (featuring Miguel)Mike DZL3:32
Total length:13:44

Notes

Personnel[edit]

  • Jean-Marie Horvat – mixing (track 4)
  • Dave Kutch – mastering (track 4)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 37
US Billboard 200[13] 9
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDermott, Maeve (July 6, 2018). "Future, Meek Mill return with surprise new albums". USA Today. Archived from the original on July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Schmitt, Tyler (July 6, 2018). "Hear Meek Mill's Surprise 'Legends of the Summer' EP". Variance. Archived from the original on July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Kim, Michelle (July 6, 2018). "Listen to Meek Mill's New EP Legends of the Summer". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Goddard, Kevin (July 5, 2018). "Stream Meek Mill's Surprise Project "Legends Of The Summer"". HotNewHipHop. Archived from the original on July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Pearce, Sheldon (June 26, 2018). ""Stay Woke" [ft. Miguel] by Meek Mill Review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  6. ^ abrewer (July 5, 2018). "Meek Mill Teases New 'Legends Of The Summer' EP". Vibe. Archived from the original on July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (July 6, 2018). "Meek Mill shares Legends of the Summer EP". The Fader. Archived from the original on July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Lawler, Opheli Garcia (June 25, 2018). "Meek Mill delivered a powerful performance of "Stay Woke" at the BET Awards". The Fader. Archived from the original on July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Clark, Trent (July 10, 2018). "Review: Meek Mill's "Legend Of The Summer" Simply Underwhelms". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (July 9, 2018). "Meek Mill: Legends of the Summer EP Album Review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Reeves, Mosi (July 9, 2018). "Meek Mill's 'Legends of the Summer' Is a Breezy EP With Moments of Deep Resonance". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Ep. 5: Meek Mill - Legends Of The Summer Review, retrieved 2018-08-02
  13. ^ a b c Caulfield, Keith (July 15, 2018). "Drake's 'Scorpion' Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "ACE Repertory". ASCAP. Select "TITLE", type "Song" in the search engine, and click "Search". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  15. ^ Cho, Regina (July 6, 2018). "Meek Mill Interpolates A 1999 JAY-Z Hit On "1am"". Genius. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Kreps, Daniel. "Watch Meek Mill Perform New Song 'Stay Woke' With Miguel at BET Awards". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2018-07-07.
  17. ^ "Meek Mill Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Meek Mill Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2018.