Music and sports have a bond. The connection revolves around a characteristic they have in common: the art of storytelling. These dynamic forms of entertainment stimulate an emotional release by providing an outlet in another realm.
One thing about music…
Simply put, certain music inspires physical activity. Especially, if the artist represents a similar struggle. In regards to mass communication, sporting events yield the ideal scenario for music to be broadcasted. Globally, athletic venues compile a playlist of songs that simultaneously “pump up” both the athletes and the stadium-goers.
Arguably, Meek Mill’s “Dreams & Nightmares” album contains the best introduction song in hip-hop history. Raw and unabridged, the song carries countless connotations.
In early November, Philadelphia Judge Geneice Brinkley made the decision to sentence Meek Mill to another prison sentence of two to four years.
Possibly biased, Brinkley has presided over Meek’s criminal proceedings since 2008. Originally, his current legal issues stem from a weapon and drugs charge for which he served eight months. Brinkley crossed ethical boundaries on several occasions with the favors she has suggested of Meek Mill, off the record.
Regardless, Meek Mill proved the immeasurable amount of power he holds through the timeless musical classics he consistently churns out.
As of mid-November, the city of Philadelphia rallied behind 350,000 petition signatures to release Meek Mill due to what he’s suffered in an unfair and heavy-handed criminal justice system.
Among those in attendance were Julius Erving, Rick Ross, along with Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith.
Meek Mill’s incarceration and subsequent bail denial provided a spark for the city of Philadelphia. “The Dreams & Nightmares Intro” laid the foundation for the unification and passionate mid-season revival of the Philadelphia Eagles.
“With Meek, man, it’s a Philly vibe, Philly is his hometown. That’s where his people reside. We’re just bringing that culture, that hype, to our football field.” Rashard Davis
“Meek is an icon in every NFL locker room. And he’s definitely an icon to folk like me, who know what it’s like to come from struggle, know what it’s like to grind and just know what it’s like to overcome obstacles.” Torrey Smith
Much like the New Orleans Saints post-Katrina (2010), the Eagles flipped a negative situation into inspiration and motivation. These characteristics proved a testament to the Eagles’ resilience and ultimate Super Bowl victory.