Meek Mill’s highly anticipated debut, “Dreams and Nightmares,” got off to a rocky start this week when he found himself in handcuffs before his album release party Thursday.
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the rapper from Philly – he’s part of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group – was detained by authorities when he was in a vehicle stopped by officers (they declined to release the cause).
He was only detained, and not charged – still, it’s a drag to be late to your own party because you were chained to a seat next to the drunk tank. Ironic, given the disc’s cover art is a handcuff attached to a Rolex.
“Cops just harassed and violated me last night in Philly just for being famous!” he tweeted early Thursday morning. “cops cost me a lot of money tonight .....taking pics of me like I’ma ... joke....no charges just holding.”
The album, which features Rick Ross, Wale, Nas, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and the Drake-assisted hit “Amen,” is expected to bow in the top five with first-week sales estimates at 200,000.
As the devastation of Hurricane Sandy continues to reveal itself, the rapper, though he tweeted some harsh words toward Philly cops, was less concerned about his snafu and more preoccupied about his family in the wake of the storm. He’s also not watching the numbers to see the album’s performance (although the devastation hasn’t halted some New Yorkers for lining up for the iPad mini).
“This storm has been crazy,” Meek said in a statement. “This is my first release, and I’m supposed to be so happy for it. But the same day my album came out, I was more worried about how my family was holding out and a tree falling on my house.”
“My focus wasn’t on stores being closed,” he continued. “I had a packed house, filled with my family, making sure they were good during this storm. I made a great album and it will sustain itself. … My fans will buy the album when they are able to.”