On July 17, the crowd at Dallas' Gexa Energy Pavilion witnessed the full throes of "Omeeka." The portmanteau describes the love of Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj (her real first name is Onika), and the couple wasn't shy about celebrating it onstage that night: She licked his face; there was a makeout session; four duets were performed, including current hit "All Eyes on You." As photos of their unbridled PDA ricocheted across the Web, tabloids reported that he had given her a $75,000 ring with yellow heart-shaped diamonds.
Meek Mill: The Billboard Shoot For Meek, 28, the high-profile attention -- from both paparazzi and superstar rap foes -- is new, but he is a star in his own right.His sophomore album, , released June 29 through Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records, spent two weeks at No. Meek is a brand ambassador for Puma and an outspoken social media fixture, with around 9 million followers on Twitter and Instagram combined.He recently released a gaming app, Bike Life, which riffs on his well-known love for racing dirt bikes.On a muggy afternoon days before the tour, Meek slouches into a leather banquette at The Park, a cavernous restaurant in New York's Meatpacking District, wearing a baseball hat with his crew's Dream Chasers logo, denim shorts and Timberland boots.After ordering mussels and a pineapple-cranberry juice, he describes the hassles of his newfound celebrity."You want to be private with your girl once in a while," says Meek.
"I would love to be able to just walk down the street by ourselves." Even close family members could inadvertently expose him.
"Say my mom took a picture of me with no shirt on," he says.
"I'm skinny -- I got a little bird chest and a fat stomach.
I can't really tell my mom not to take that picture, that I'm not trying to have that type of look in the streets."Meek Mill Claims His First No.
1 Album on the Billboard 200 Chart In 2015 hip-hop, Meek is an outlier.
He isn't a confessional conversationalist like Drake, a philosopher like Kendrick Lamar or a rubbery harmonist like Fetty Wap. His delivery is ravenous, almost shrill, and his cadences have the insistence of cranking pistons.