Meek Mill Delivers an Inspiring Performance at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom
Meek Mill’s The Motivation Tour rumbled through NYC with a pair of raucous mid-week shows taking over the famed Hammerstein Ballroom. The venue’s ceiling resembles more of the Sistine Chapel than the place for a hip-hop show, but the Philly native’s inspiring street tales acted as the night’s sermon late Wednesday night.
At 9:45 p.m. ET, Meek Mill emerged at the hazy smoke-filled venue. Striking visuals added another layer to the Meek experience, which admittedly, was somewhat of a pleasant surprise surprise, as Mill isn’t the type of artist you’d suspect to invest in the aesthetic of his performance, much like a Kanye West or Travis Scott would.
Backed by the memorable shot of him boarding a helicopter with 76ers owner Michael Rubin right after his highly publicized release from prison back last April, the Phil Collins-sampling Championships opener “Intro,” sent the crowd of 3,500 into a frenzy.
Before moving into “Trauma,” a wholehearted clip from a classic 1994 Tupac interview with BET’s Ed Gordon became the sole focus of everyone’s attention. Pac emphatically speaks on issues with police brutality he’s experienced in life and the unfair portrayal of him by the media, which Meek’s life’s journey emotionally connects with 25 years later. After trucking through his pain, Meek called on his New York brethren Fabolous for a second night in a row, as the duo slid their way through the Spanish-tinged “Uptown Vibes.
Though Meek performed much of his Billboard 200 chart-topping Championships album, he also made sure to cater to the ladies in attendance with the soothing “24/7” sans Ella Mai. Then, he revved up the intensity with his Dreamchasers breakout hit “House Party.” A$AP Ferg also made an appearance as a special guest to switch things up with his thumping “Plain Jane,” before exiting stage right.
The 31-year-old then provided some words of wisdom encouraging the youth to never stop chasing what they love in life, no matter how daunting the opportunity may look on its surface. After providing some street gospel for his avid followers, Meek’s “Dreams and Nightmares” galvanized the venue, inflating fans with even more confidence.
Consider Meek's back-to-back performance a clean sweep, rather than a grueling seven-game series.