Meek Mill was born Robert Rihmeek Williams, also known as Mr. Philadelphia, was born on May 6, 1987. Raised in Philadelphia, Mills is a popular hip hop artist who now resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is busy carving out a name for himself in the music world. With a reported net worth of $13 Million, it's safe to say that he has done a good job of that so far. Mill started rapping at a young age and formed his first rap band, The Bloodhoundz, at eighteen years old, which was short-lived, but it helped him to really hone in on his rapping skills and propel him to where he is today, sitting at the top of the charts, and of the hip hop world where he is admiring his incredible bank account. It is definitely a far cry from where he came from as a young child.
Net Worth $13 Million
Name Robert Rihmeek Williams
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birth Date May 6, 1987
Source of Wealth American Rapper, Songwriter, and Activist
Country United States
Meek Mill had a tough and tragic childhood. Growing up in Philadelphia with his mother Kathy and older sister, Nasheema, Mill's mother was the only parent he had after his father was killed in an attempted robbery when Meek was just five years old. Mill's mother had been raised in poverty and now she was trying to raise two kids on her own. She took odd jobs, including some that were considered semi-legal, and even shoplifted in order to take care of Meek and his sister. Meek was a shy kid and didn't talk much but when he met one of his father's brothers, his uncle, Grandmaster Nell, who happened to be a pioneering disc jockey for hip hop during the late 1980's, this sparked Mill's interest in hip hop. His uncle had been an influence on Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, and now he was influencing young Meek.
Mills participated in rap battles when he was a teenager, using the name Meek Millz. During those years, Mills was said to have spent countless hours until late in the night, writing words and phrases in notebooks that he would use later in his music. It was after this that The Bloodhounz was formed with three of his friends. They put together 4 mixtapes while together and distributed them. Mills released a solo mixtape in 2008, Flamers 2: Hottest in tha City. This lead to the making of a couple promo singles, I'm So Fly, Prolli and Hottest in the City. But it was Flamers 2 that attracted the attention of Charlie Mack who the president and founder of 215 Aphillyated Records who signed Mill on to his record label. That same year, Mills also met the owner of Grand Hustle Records. Both offered Mills a contract, however, in the end, Mills chose Grand Hustle Records.
Mill was trying to get things going with Grand Hustle Records when there was a major setback, Mill was arrested and charged with gun and drug possession and had to serve seven months in prison. This put his career and record production on hold until he was finally released in 2009 and put on probation. Subsequently, in between trying to get his rapping career up and going, Mill has battled multiple legal issues, primarily parole violations on four separate occasions. One more arrest for parole violation will mean imprisonment for the rapper.
How his music lead him to a net worth of $13 Million
Once Mill got started with his music, his career began to take off and he rocketed into popularity on the hip hop charts. Not only have his albums have sold well, but he is also big in tours and YouTube, which all play a role in how Meek began to see his bankroll grow tremendously. So how exactly did Meek Mill gain a net worth of $3 Million? Here are some of the figures that we know of, that chart where all his money has come from.
Meek Mill has accumulated album sales that total $1 million, along with $665,834 from his singles sales. One of his biggest selling albums was, Dreams and Nightmares, in 2012. It sold over 414,000 copies, which alone earned him $4.5 million. His platinum singles, All Eyes on You and R.I.C.O, sold one million copies each, however, he has released 20 singles over the years. YouTube has been one of Mill's biggest money making deals and source of income for him. According to sources, Meek Mills has made $5.4 million from YouTube alone, and there are surely other forms of income that have not even been accounted for.
Like most celebrities, both film and music, endorsements can mean a big chunk of money. Meek Mill is no different than many other famous musicians in that he has accepted multiple endorsement deals and together, they have brought in millions of dollars for the rapper. A couple of his big endorsements are with Puma and Monster. It has been reported that Mill has received $5 million from his endorsements, which adds into his total net worth.
Yes, singers/rappers, they all love to perform in concerts. Not only is it a great way to connect to their fans, but ticket sales from concerts can really add up quick. Meek Mill has reportedly made $13.2 million from his concert sales over the years. Mill has been big on touring since 2012. He regularly performs between 7 and 75 shows in scheduled arenas that seat anywhere between 2,500 and 18,000 seats. With those kinds of numbers, money is easy to be made. Performing live every year has earned Meek Mill an average of $3.3 million, another major part of his career-building total net worth.
Meek Mill has obviously been a very successful musician and is building an impressive empire for himself, however, one thing many people don't stop to think about is where the IRS fits into the equation as well as payouts for other expenses. The IRS takes a huge cut into this type of earning. Mill's pays the IRS $10.8 million of his earnings, plus shells out $3.8 million to agents along with other expenses he has. All-in-all, after all of what he owes, if his net worth is still $13 million, then you know Meek Mill is not doing too badly.
Written by Maria McCutchen
Read more posts by Maria McCutchen