It's difficult now to believe that not long ago, Meek Mil was one of the most respected emcees in the game. His bravado and unrelenting ferocity on the mic have been evident since the mid-aughts, when he was a raw talent rapping and selling drugs at the same time in North Philly (see below).

Meek earned his stripes with vaunted Flamers mixtape series and shaved his braids around the time he signed his deal with Maybach Music Group in 2011. It wasn't a Samson scenario; he didn't lose his powers. If anything, he was better than ever.

Click through the gallery to listen to 10 of the best tracks from Mixtape Meek.