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When worlds collide: Meek Mill chooses Nina Chanel Abney original for abstract ‘Expensive Pain’ cover art

The artwork will certainly stand out in the marketplace.

Are you ready for Meek Mill’s fifth album ‘Expensive Pain’?

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Ready or not, here it comes. The Philadelphia rapper’s next album will go live on all streaming platforms on Friday, October 1.

It has been 2018 since the passionate artist Meek Mill gifted us with the ‘Championships’ full-length. Now, the rapper-activist gears to release a new album called ‘Expensive Pain’, which features the lead single ‘Sharing Locations’ with Lil Durk and Lil Baby, ‘Blue Notes 2’ with Lil Uzi Vert, and a bonus track titled ‘Flamerz Flow’. Inspired by a Nina Chanel Abney original, the cover art abstractly shows dice, dollar signs, fire, life rafts, women, men, palm trees, a bike, boat, checkerboard, and a car. These things/objects on his cover art may be topics on his new album, or it is a picture he identifies with and is the best visual representation of what brings forth “expensive pain”.

Art is open to interpretation, but Meek Mill delves deep and offers examples on his track with fellow Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert on ‘Blue Notes 2’ with phrase “trying to tell them how this rich shit really feel”. Regardless, the New York City-based African-American contemporary artist and painter’s piece is forever etched into the minds of mainstream modern Hip-Hop/Rap fans, and a new group of people are familiar with her style. I love when worlds collide and a hidden talent unknown to the general public gets discovered.

Meek Mill’s upcoming album is available for pre-save/pre-add.


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