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Artist of the Week: Meek Mill

August 6, 2012 (6:43 am) GMT
From dropping hit single 'Amen' to being featured in Mariah Carey's track, Mill shows why he deserves to be named one of the Hottest MCs in the Game in 2012.
Artist of the Week: Meek Mill

After a number of mixtapes, is finally set to drop his debut studio album this year. The Philadelphia rapper is currently putting the final touches on "", which is expected to hit the stores in October after initially slated for an August 28 release.

Produced under Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros. Records, the record boasts "Amen" as the first single. Originally listed as part of his mixtape "", the song drew protest from religious organizations due to the lyrics, which mix a hip-hop lifestyle with holy words, soon after it's released.

Pastor/rapper Jomo K. Johnson was one of them who strongly criticized "Amen", calling for a boycott on the song. Mill later apologized to those who were offended by the song, and Johnson subsequently withdrew his calls for boycott.

The beef, however, did not make fans lose interest in "Amen". It's shown as the -assisted track charted high, peaking at No. 64 on Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 10 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Prior to the controversial single, Mill entered the R&B/hip-hop songs chart with "Tupac Back" and "Ima Boss", which both feature and were included in Maybach Music Group's "". Following these accomplishments, he was chosen as one of the Hottest MCs in the Game by MTV in February 2012.

The 25-year-old most recently can be heard spitting some lines in 's single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)". The R&B diva said of his inclusion in her song, "Meek adds an excitement, a newness to the record that is pretty rare right now."

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