Monday, July 20th, 2015

Meek Mill ft. Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj – All Eyes on You

To be fair, we’re not all as bored as this pair looks…


Jonathan Bradley: Meek is on Nicki territory here, which is a strange environ for this bristly and tight-wound man. More even than Jay, who eased his prowess into pop-rap like Sinatra, Nicki is Big’s heir when it comes to making for herself a natural domain in chart styles. She sounds at home here, but she isn’t doing much: her most memorable line is cheap wordplay about a child’s game. Meek Mill, her counterpart, has named his song after one by Chris Wallace’s dual opposite, 2Pac, and it’s not the only overt Shakur reference he makes on Dreams Worth More Than Money. These are counterparts whose shared lines are naturalistic, and the song is livelier for it, but one rapper is out of place and the other is not pulling her weight.

Alfred Soto: Meek and paramour Nicki Minaj generate frisson, even with Chris Brown insisting it’s a threesome. This crossover dream may come true: it’s getting radio play. He should’ve released the other Minaj collaboration “Bad For You.”

Thomas Inskeep: Meek and Nicki have their “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” moment and interpolate Biggie and Bone Thugs’s “Notorious Thugs” in the process, while Chris Brown continues as the Nate Dogg of the ’10s. (Well, if Nate Dogg had had his own hits while being the hip hop hook singer du jour of the ’90s.) This is a synthesis that works across the board; nothing feels forced. 

Micha Cavaseno: I don’t know why we live in a world where Nicki and Meek couldn’t sell this fine bit of ballad rap on their own, but apparently we have to prop up the myth that Chris Brown can sing anymore too. The editing room of Adobe Audition awaits me; with dramatic mood jumps accelerated by The Monarch and Kevin Cossom moving slightly out of generic “importance” and into something closely resembling actual poignancy for the 2015 Romance Film of the Rap Industry.

Ramzi Awn: Meek and Nick is a good concept, and “All Eyes on You” has good bones. The fact that Nicki and especially Brown contribute little to the single’s success is both unfortunate and ideal for Meek; in effect, all eyes are indeed on him.

Brad Shoup: More of a meet-grim, with Nicki scowling her interest while elongated bass notes soar overhead. Chris Brown aside, this is a tightly-constructed track. You can see Minaj and Meek comparing notepads. The effect is deathly serious, the conversation rolling in slow-motion, hardening into legend. I guess the bright pop stuff is for when she actually doesn’t care.

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