How Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” Turned Into the Eagles’ Unofficial Anthem

Back in the summer of 2015, at the height of the Drake and Meek Mill beef, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised some people when they collectively suggested they weren’t necessarily siding with their hometown rapper in the squabble. While it’s impossible to say how many Eagles players were #TeamDrake back then versus how many were #TeamMeek, the team as a whole seemed to be bigger fans of Drake’s “Charged Up” and “Back to Back” disses than Meek’s “Wanna Know” response. At least, that’s what most people thought after hearing what the Eagles were listening to at the start of training camp that season.

Meek didn’t let that apparent lack of support stop him from showing love to his beloved Eagles, though. While we doubt he was thrilled to hear about his favorite football team bumping the diss track his rap rival put together to try and discredit him, Meek was spotted at an Eagles game that same season.

 

Philly…… Eagles game!!

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Dec 26, 2015 at 8:18pm PST

Meek also continued to show his love for the team from a distance. Even though the Eagles ended up going 7-9 during the 2016 season and finishing in last place in the NFC East, Meek stuck with them and often took to social media to provide his support.

 

LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BIRDS!!!!

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:34pm PDT

That support has come back around. While there’s no denying that plenty of Eagles players have been riding with Meek despite what the Drake shenanigans back in 2015 may have suggested, several of them took their Meek support to a whole other level in 2017.

In November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years behind bars on account of a probation violation. Many both inside and outside of Philly thought the prison sentence was completely bogus and protested against it, and several Eagles players were among the crowd that showed up to a Meek rally in Philly in late November. Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith, Jalen Mills, Wendell Smallwood, and Vinny Curry were all in attendance.

And now, it appears as though the Eagles are prepared to take Meek with them all the way to the Super Bowl.

Over the weekend, as the Eagles prepared to play the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, several players posted videos of a team meeting. In that meeting, “Dreams and Nightmares”—one of the best intro tracks in rap history and one of Meek’s most memorable hip-hop contributions—played in the background and kept what could have been a tension-filled situation light. It almost looked like the players were at a party as opposed to a practice.

“Dreams and Nightmares” also served as the pregame warmup music of choice for the Eagles as they took the field at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. At one point during warmups, Meek’s classic track blared over the stadium’s speakers as both those on the field and those in the stands lost their minds. Several Eagles players later said it was one of the loudest moments they can remember inside of “The Linc.”

The Eagles didn’t stop there. They also turned to “Dreams and Nightmares” one more time in the team's locker room after stomping all over the Vikings and earning a berth to Super Bowl LII. The Eagles also played some Lil Yachty, seemingly in an effort to troll the Vikings, but they saved their real celebration for once “Dreams and Nightmares” came on. Smallwood documented Eagles players rapping along to every word of the song with Meek.

So how did “Dreams and Nightmares” become the unofficial anthem of the Eagles? According to Jenkins, it wasn’t just the players who were on board with spending most of the weekend listening to the song. On Monday morning, Jenkins revealed it was actually the Eagles’ special teams coach of all people who first put the track on during the meeting on Saturday. Dave Fipp played “Dreams and Nightmares,” and from there, it served as the perfect soundtrack for the Eagles’ championship weekend.

Meek—or at least, Meek’s team—appreciated the love. While Meek hasn’t been able to put out any kind of official statement regarding the Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl, the videos of the Eagles playing “Dreams and Nightmares” this weekend surfaced on his Instagram page on Monday morning.

And since the clips of the Eagles listening to the song started making the rounds on social media, the calls for #FreeMeek have intensified greatly. Many Eagles fans have called for Meek to be released so that he can perform “Dreams and Nightmares” either at the Super Bowl or after the Super Bowl, if the Eagles win.

One fan even went as far as to suggest Meek should replace Justin Timberlake as this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

The chances of that happening are obviously slim to none (OK, maybe just “none”). But even if Meek doesn't get to celebrate with the Eagles, it’s been cool to see the Eagles take Meek along with them on their journey, and if they are ultimately able to knock off the Patriots in the Super Bowl, there’s no doubt they’re going to continue to keep Meek with them every step of the way.

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Drake Is Giving You the Opportunity to Invest in His Whiskey

Drake is a man of many passions: the city of Toronto, female comedians, his mother, strip clubs, and whiskey. In fact, he loves whiskey so much he made his own: Virginia Black. The drink has previously been confined to smoky clubs, the halls of liquors stores, or just plastered all over Drake’s Instagram. But Drake and his business partner Brent Hocking have announced today that they will be going public and accepting investments from those who wish to join them in their “vision to redefine whiskey.”

The offering will begin at the end of the first quarter of 2018, and those who wish to invest should register interest now. Shares are starting at $5 and the minimum investment is $100.

Virginia Black is the lovechild of Drake and Brent Hocking, an “acclaimed spirits producer and entrepreneur” who is “known for creating award-winning brands and bottle designs,” per a press release. Hocking describes Virginia Black as the “perfect combination of exceptionally good juice in exquisite packaging at an accessible price” and is “pleased” that millions of Americans will now have the opportunity to join the “Virginia Black family.”

 

@champagnepapi @therealdennisg

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When it comes to taste, Virginia Black is a “rich, decadent, smooth” aged Bourbon whiskey with a “decadent profile,” which are also probably all the words Drake would use to describe himself. But it’s not just talk: the whiskey has been well-received by experts and has also won numerous awards, including being voted among the top 5 spirits in 2016 by Wally’s Wine and top 100 spirits of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast with a 91 point rating. In flavor profile ratings, it supposedly surpasses famous whiskey brands like Jack Daniel’s, Jim Bean, and Maker’s Mark.

Virginia Black leads us into exciting new territory where Main Street meets Wall Street, giving millions of fans worldwide the opportunity to be a part of Drake's success,” Mark Elenowitz, CEO of TriPoint, which will be the lead managing selling agent and book runner for the public offering.

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Offset Proposed to Cardi B and She Said Yes

Offset has proposed to Cardi B. Offset asked the very large question on bended knee (sort of, it was more of a Crouching Tiger Hidden Migos thing) at Power 99's Powerhouse in Philadelphia. The two have been dating since the top of the year. Watch the cuteness of the proposal and Cardi's ecstatic reaction below. 

 

#TSRProposals: #Offset proposed to #CardiB at #powerhouse broooo

A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Oct 27, 2017 at 8:15pm PDT

 

#OFFSET JUST PROPOSED IM SCREAMING 😩😨😨❤️ – @offsetyrn @iamcardib

A post shared by #1 Offset ❤️ Cardi B Fanpage (@bardiset.page) on Oct 27, 2017 at 8:18pm PDT

Cardi took to Instagram to express her love for Offset following the proposal. 

People responded to the beautiful news on the very popular website Twitter.com. 

Rumors that the couple got engaged started to circulate not too long back. It began after the two went jewelry shopping in Atlanta back on August 22. 

An article from Real Cool Nation titled “Exclusive: Cardi B Just Got Engaged To Migos Rapper Offset — He Proposed Last Night!” was published and added fuel to the fire. The article turned out not to be true, well, not until now at least. 

Cardi is featured on Migos' new Culture 2 single “MotorSport” featuring Nicki Minaj. The track came out just hours prior to the proposal. Both Offset and Cardi B's 2017, even not taking into account this whole engagement​ business, has been spectacular. 

Cardi's summer anthem “Bodak Yellow” clenched the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 while Offset's group Migos dropped their second studio album Culture. The album debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 and reached platinum status back in July.

Congratulations are in order, so congratulations to Cardi B and Offset. 

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Azealia Banks Comes to Nicki Minaj’s Defense Over Comments About Sexism in Rap

Roughly a month after she sent a message to Nicki Minaj apologizing for previously said (but unspecific) “catty shit,” Azealia Banks wrote a message of support for Minaj following an Instagram screenshot journalist and Rap Radar founder/CEO Elliott Wilson posted that was an implied endorsement of its contents. You be the judge:

 

A post shared by Elliott Wilson (@elliottwilson) on Oct 27, 2017 at 7:07am PDT

The tweet in question, as you can see, seemed to say that Minaj would win crowds back over once she stopped talking about her accomplishments (which may have to do with these recent tweets about the double-standards women face in hip-hop or her saying she's the most awarded female rapper in history). Banks, who took exception to that, posted some comments on the subject that were flagged by Complex writer Eric Diep (credit where credit's due, and all):

If you don't have eagle eyes, here's her response(s) to the screenshot:

An Azealia Banks Instagram response to a Nicki Minaj critique.
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A fan also implored her to re-focus her energy on rap:

A fan tells Azealia Banks to focus on rapping.
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To which she issued this response:

Azealia Banks responds to a fan who tells her to stop talking and rap.
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It takes some serious digging, but sometimes you find some gems in the IG comments.

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LeBron James Wished Lonzo Ball Happy Birthday, and OMG, He’s Signing With the Lakers, Isn’t He?

Does LeBron James want everyone to think he’s signing with the Lakers next summer? There are already plenty of people who think he’s going to head west when he becomes a free agent in July 2018, including some NBA fans who are convinced that he’s going to take his talents to Los Angeles and sign with the Lakers. And on Friday, he threw a few more logs on that fire by taking to Twitter to wish Lonzo Ball a happy 20th birthday.

Now, it’s not out of the ordinary to see LeBron wishing his famous friends happy birthday on social media. Just the other day, he posted this on Instagram for Drake’s 31st birthday.

But because there are so many people who are already convinced that LeBron is going to the Lakers, his tweet for Lonzo raised a lot of eyebrows. And there are now people who think this is definitive proof that he’s headed to L.A.

You buying it? Whatever the case, the #LeBronZo hype is clearly real.

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Migos, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj’s “MotorSport” Is Here

After months of relentless teasing, the first single from Migos' Culture II has finally landed. “MotorSport” premiered Friday morning on the Breakfast Club shortly after the hosts endured a peculiar conversation with the Hillsong Church guy, just hours after a preview of the track landed on YouTube. 

Migos also teased the new track during their performance at Power 105.1's Powerhouse at Barclays Thursday night.

 

A post shared by Power 105.1 (@power1051) on Oct 26, 2017 at 8:17pm PDT

Check the full version of the soon-to-be-everywhere collaboration, featuring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, below via Spotify. Murda Beatz and CuBeatz provide production.

Though we still don't have a formal Culture II release date, the arrival of “MotorSport” means we should likely expect the project soon. Judging by Quavo's recent headline-spawning social media activity, the collection may include a variety of additional top-shelf collaborators.

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Donald Glover, Lil Yachty, Drake, Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla Sign, Big Sean, Travis Scott, and Kanye West have all been either been seen in the studio with Quavo or heard in frustratingly brief clips of already completed collabs. Culture II also boasts a mystery executive producer, with many album hype theorists predicting their identity as being synonymous with 🐐.

 

A post shared by QuavoHuncho (@quavohuncho) on Oct 24, 2017 at 6:09pm PDT

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, thankfully, also have new projects on the way. For Cardi B, the release will mark her debut studio album and arrives on the wave of hype cultivated by one of the best (and biggest songs) of 2017. 

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XXXTentacion Says He’s Terminating His $6 Million Deal With Capitol Records

XXXTentacion claims he has ended his contract with Capitol Music Group, less than a week after the reported $6 million record deal was announced.

The Florida rapper shared the news Wednesday night in an Instagram story, writing: “I am not a signed artist, and I will not be releasing music for a very long time, I’m tired of this shit.”

Complex has reached out to CMG and XXXTentacion’s team for confirmation.

 

#xxxtentacion speaks on #CapitolRecords and his future in music. Thoughts?

A post shared by HotNewHipHop (@hotnewhiphop) on Oct 25, 2017 at 4:00pm PDT

The deal was reportedly a distribution agreement between the rapper’s Bad Vibes Forever and and CMG’s indie distributor Caroline. According to Billboard, the contract would only “cover yet-to-be-released material.”

XXXTentacion has become one of the most successful and polarizing young rappers in the game. It was about two months ago when the 19-year-old dropped his first studio album, 17, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 and has since earned a total of 313,000 equivalent album units. His work has been overshadowed by controversy, which includes physical altercations with concert-goers, disturbing abuse allegations, and a publicity stunt that involved a fake suicide

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Paul Rosenberg May Have Revealed the Title of Eminem’s Upcoming Album

Paul Rosenberg tried to spread the word about Yelawolf's upcoming album Trial by Fire, but it looks like he has simultaneously​ unveiled the title of Eminem's much anticipated new project. On Wednesday, Rosenberg posted a photo of himself holding the physical copy of Yelawolf's third studio effort with the caption, “@Yelawolf TRIAL BY FIRE comes out this Friday 10/27! #cdbaby.”

 

Look what arrived at the Shady offices today! @Yelawolf TRIAL BY FIRE comes out this Friday 10/27! #cdbaby

A post shared by Paul Rosenberg (@rosenberg) on Oct 25, 2017 at 1:26pm PDT

In the background, there appears to be a harmless looking billboard promoting a medication called “Revival.” 

However, the medication sports the backwards “E” synonymous with Em's logo. Reddit detectives then pinpointed that the full ad online was placed by Interscope Records. There's also a website for “Revival” that offers some clues, hinting at Em's involvement with what seems to be the fake medication. “Revival” is said to treat the ailment “Atrox Rithimus,” which is also not a real thing. 

If you call the number 1-833-243-8738 you'll be greeted by a voice that says “Thank you for your interest in Revival, the No. 1 slightly invasive treatment for Atrox Rithimus. You only get one shot to beat AR,” an obvious reference to Em's song “Lose Yourself.” Dr. Dre and Eminem's song “I Need A Doctor” is also playing in the background. The automated message then continues, “Don't miss your chance with Revival. Please hold to speak to a patient care representative.” 

We reached out to Eminem's rep for a comment though have yet to receive a response. We'll update when we hear back. If this is actually a part of the promotional campaign for the new album, which it sure looks to be, it's pretty creative and thorough. 

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Nicki Minaj on How She ‘Fought [Kanye] Every Step of the Way’ to Keep Her “Monster” Verse on ‘MBDTF’

It’s hard to imagine My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy without the incendiary hit single “Monster.” But according to Nicki Minaj, that was almost the case.

In celebration of the record’s seventh anniversary, The Pinkprint rapper reflected on her iconic verse and what it meant to collaborate with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Nicki also mentioned the time she had to convince Kanye West to keep “Monster” on MBDTF, after he expressed his hesitation.

“Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album,” she wrote on Instagram. “Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU’RE KANYE WEST!!!!”

She also admitted there was a minor disagreement when it came to her signature growl. Kanye wanted more, while Nicki feared it would be “overkill.”

You can read Nicki’s full note, which includes shout outs to Amber Rose and Blac Chyna, below.

“Monster” debuted Sept. 21, 2010, on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday music program; however, it didn’t get an official release until Oct. 23, about a month before MBDTF dropped. The song went on to receive a platinum certification as well as plenty of critical praise, with many people applauding Nicki as the track's standout. Pretty impressive considering she was featured alongside Jay Z, Rick Ross, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

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Cardi B Explains Cryptic ‘Single’ Instagram Post: ‘I Was Really Upset’

When Instagram aped Snapchat’s “Stories” feature, the mini-clips were set by default to disappear within 24 hours. That setting will likely work to Cardi B’s benefit Saturday after the reality show star-turned chart-topping rapper posted a message hinting at a breakup with her boyfriend and Migos member Offset. Cardi posted a selfie with a text overlay simply reading “Single.”

 

Peace nikka ✌🏽

A post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Oct 20, 2017 at 6:44pm PDT

She then appeared to double down on the claim with a standard Instagram picture post featuring her throwing up the “peace” sign with both hands with a caption that read “Peace nikka.”

It was a seemingly abrupt about-face for a couple that was surrounded by some false engagement rumors as recently as August. Despite the fact that many celebrity relationships have the lifespan of a common fruit fly, mutual fans of Cardi and Offset took to Twitter and went into freak out mode.

Later Saturday, by Cardi’s own admission, cooler heads prevailed. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper explained her rationale for the relationship status update.

Image via Instagram.com/iamcardib
Image via Instagram.com/iamcardib

“So listed babes, I exaggerated a lil bit ’cause earlier I was really upset and the Bronx girl in me always have to go to the extreme,” Cardi said in a subsequent IG Stories post. “I came to my senses now. I’m sorry…Waffle House on me?”

Most fans will likely never find out what caused the spat between Cardi B and Offset because it’s none of our collective business. However, hours after everything calmed down, Cardi had some jokes about the source of the friction.

“Reasons why me and Offset got into it …I think he stoled my purple blanket but it wasn’t him so I’m still looking for the suspect,” she tweeted when fans flooded her mentions about the potential split.

“Why my dad was yelling at me cause somebody told him me and Offset broke up😒..and I’m quick cut my dad off so don’t get comfortable,” Cardi joked via Twitter, referencing a prominent line from the chorus of “Bodak Yellow.”

If Cardi B and Offset were your figurative #RelationshipGoals, you can take solace in the fact that love’s turbulent emotional waters can be navigated by a patty melt and some “scattered, covered and chunked” hash browns at the nearest Waffle House. Love wins.

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