Meek Mill to receive Billboard's inaugural R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players' Impact Award for activism
Mill drew attention through his consistent fight for criminal justice reforms and his unhinging dedication to the Riddick case.
In the streaming era, probably the one genre of music which has benefitted from the streaming service the most is Hip-Hop, whose total consumption in the first half of 2017 made it the leading genre, while hip-hop albums have topped the Billboard 200 for 22 weeks this year so far, led by the biggest debut of the year, Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN'. Now, for the first time, Billboard is coming up with the Hip-Hop Power Players list which will recognize the ones who have been the driving and guiding force behind the booming rise of Hip-Hop.
Billboard mentions: "A committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighed a variety of factors, including but not limited to impact on consumer behavior (as measured by metrics such as album and track sales, streaming volume, social media and radio, and TV); company growth; career trajectory; reputation among peers; and overall impact in the hip-hop industry during the past 12 months" in order to compile the list. Billboard has also announced that it will honor rapper Meek Mill with its inaugural R&B/hip-hop power players impact award. CNN’s Van Jones will present Mill with the award.
Mill is known for the immense strength that he had demonstrated in the face of America's criminal justice system, and his acute sense of judgment when it comes to the country's need for justice reform. He has also been at the top of the list with his creative works which include 140 million total streams and five Top 10 releases on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Mill came under the spotlight when he took up Riddick's case to the attention of NBC News when he sat down for an exclusive interview with Holt. The rapper had cited that Riddick's case was a perfect example of a broken system where judges could keep you behind bars even when you are deemed innocent.
Being one of the most vocal rappers who has left no stone unturned in order to bring the media's attention to criminal justice reforms, Mill's music too has resonated with his concerns on social issues. The rapper also mentioned that his latest releases were inspired by his fight for criminal justice reform, including 'Stay Woke' and 'Milidelphia' from his latest EP, 'Legends of the Summer'. The rapper had said, "It's still edgy Meek Mill, energy, social forecasting where I come from, the bottom of Philadelphia, the trenches, but it's still mixed with how I'm speaking on politics of the justice system and the odds against young black and Hispanic Americans," he said.
Billboard's award to Mill seems to open up doors for all those rapper and musicians who have been fighting their battles against social injustice through their music and lyrics. Besides rewarding Mill with the power players impact award, Billboard will also honor Kevin "Coach K" Lee and Pierre "Pee" Thomas -- COO and CEO of Quality Control Music -- as executives of the year for Quality Control's undeniable influence on the industry, from the chart-topping success of Migos to the meteoric rises of recent signees like Lil Baby, City Girls, and Stefflon Don.