Where Does Meek Mill's "Wanna Know" Place On The "Greatest Letdowns Of All-Time" Scale?

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Meek Mill seems poised to put a new spin on "in with a bang, out with a whimper." Except by "bang" it's him sounding "like he's ordering McDonalds from the backseat" (ht Tristan) and by "whimper" it's "releasing a response diss so shitty even actual pieces of shit were like "Damn. That stinks." It was, to put it plainly, an epic letdown. But it got me thinking. As far as letdowns go, when the hype and anticipation for something far surpasses the actual product, where would this rate? If there was a letdown scale — with 1 being a minor letdown and 10 being the most major — where would this shitastic track place? And where would some other notable letdowns be?

Let's see.


When you buy a bag of chips, and the bag is already half empty

Someone seriously needs to get shanked for this


Taking a shower, but learning halfway through the shower that something is up with the hot water. It's not completely cold, though. Just lukewarm enough for you to finish while also managing to put a weggie in your entire day.


Seeing your favorite artist in concert…and have them perform nothing but shit from their new album.


The 2015 Dodge Charger. Yes, the 700 hp Hellcat is cool — and would be a lot cooler if they were actually still selling them this year — but no one who'd want a Charger ever thought to themselves "You know what would be really cool? A big-ass Dodge Dart!"



Meeting someone very attractive while out at some lounge or some event, having the best conversation you've ever had, and then, right when you're about to exchange contact information, hearing "Just got a text from my boyfriend/girlfriend. Do you mind if he/she joins us?"



Meek Mill's "Wanna Know" is an epic letdown because of the build up. But doesn't rate higher on the scale because, well, everyone with any real knowledge of Mill's career and skillset knew he was ill-equipped for this particular type of battle.


From "Maybe Meek Mill Should’ve Stayed in His Lane…?" (And no, I don't know how arrogant you have to be to quote your own words from another publication in your own piece. But thanks for asking, cause I'm curious too!)

Meek Mill’s problem is that he’s just not equipped with the skills necessary to succeed with this. Although he became popular through battle rapping… he wasn’t actually particularly good at it. He’s not particularly clever or witty; he doesn’t have particularly humorous punchlines; and no one in the history of history has ever raved about a Mill metaphor. He spits drug/murder bars. And often sounds like he’s trying to speak to someone while a blender is running. On a helicopter.

Which is great for the type of Scream Trap Rap he creates. He’ll always get play in strip clubs and on crossfit playlists. But, if attempting to go head-to-head with the current king of the hip-hop hill, you need more than murder bars.



The entire last season of Lost. Such a great and unique show having such a shitty last season is like going on the best first date ever, only to have them rob you at the end of it.



Mayweather vs Pacquiao, which would rate higher if not for the fact that most boxing fans knew what happened would happen. And we should have know that if we really wanted to watch two tiny, delusional, morally reprehensible, and emotionally stunted men tickle and bicker with each other for 30 minutes, we should have just watched Beavis and Butthead.



Adulthood, because while freedom and being able to eat whatever and whenever you want rocks, who wouldn't trade that for daily applesauce and chance to nap from 1pm to 3pm everyday?



Life. Because, well, lemme put it this way: Would you even be interested in seeing a movie where you knew everyone —- every single character; important and peripheral; sympathetic and evil —- dies at the end?

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB and a columnist for GQ.com. His debut memoir in essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins), is available for preorder.