Yesterday’s “All Eyes On You” video must have been the last straw for Safaree, who officially took his grievances to the booth with “Lifeline.” Despite cringing with that opening chorus, the song improves as it goes along and Safaree definitely went in on that closing verse. This isn’t going to change the narrative since Nicki and Meek have legions of fans, but I respect Safaree for attempting to defend himself from the heapings of social media slander those two have inflicted on him.

Now the bigger question — buy or sell on the belief that Safaree was a ghostwriter for Nicki? Dude sounds exactly like her on this. Maybe he was doing it for effect, but this raises a few more interesting questions in light of the ongoing Drake fiasco.

Speaking of Drake, he should’ve given that “Charged Up” beat to Safaree.


Love ballads in the midst of a brewing battle? Timing aside, Nicki Minaj is looking lovely in this clip for the Omeeka duet “All Eyes On You.” That scooter shot is unintentional comedy. Meek latest set, Dreams Worth More Than Money, is in stores now.

Bobbi Kristina Dies at 22

Posted: July 26, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina has died this evening in Atlanta. She was 22 years old.

Kristina had been in hospice care since June 24 after family members were advised there was no chance of recovery from a medically induced coma and life support. Co-guardians Pat Houston and Bobby Brown agreed to withdraw all medication.

Kristina had been unconscious since January 31 when she was found submerged underwater in her bathtub. According to TMZ, authorities are preparing to bring murder charges against her boyfriend Nick Gordon due to bruising found on Kristina’s face and body.

Kristina’s passing comes three years after her mother Whitney died of a drug overdose in her bathtub.

(AP Photo/John Locher)

(AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS — Mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi waited a full year for his shot against WBO, WBA and IBF light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

Mohammedi’s moment of truth would last less than three full rounds.

Kovalev’s precision and power resulted in two knockdowns and a dominant TKO stoppage at the Mandalay Bay. Mohammedi’s only advantage was handspeed, which Kovalev nullified with stiff counter rights over the challenger’s guard. Kovalev’s right began and ended the second round knockdown sequence, while a straight left concluded the final knockdown in the third. Mohammedi later claimed the final left hand he received resulted in a thumb to the eye.

In his post-fight interview, Kovalev confirmed preliminary talks are in place to face Andre Ward next year. Kovalev’s promoter Main Events is aiming for a November 28 bout in Russia, preferably against Artur Beterbiev. Advised by Al Haymon and fighting under the Premier Boxing Champions brand, a Kovalev-Beterbiev fight will likely prove to be a difficult negotiation. Previously, Haymon and Main Events failed to come to terms for Kovalev to face PBC fighter and WBC linear champion Adonis Stevenson.

PASCAL WINS CONTROVERSIAL DECISION OVER GONZALEZ: The fight of the night without question. Gonzalez stormed out landing heavy power shots and buckled Pascal several times in the early rounds. Gonzalez appeared much stronger, but Pascal gained his bearings and clawed back in with his own brutal shots, most notably stunning Gonzalez in rounds 6 and 10. I scored the fight 96-94 for Gonzalez, preferring the Cuban’s aggression and consistent work in backing up Pascal and forcing clinches. The judges had it unanimous for Pascal with the same score, meaning they favored Pascal’s higher accuracy and counter-punching. Gonzalez was in tears after the verdict, but his effort ensures he’s a player in the division. I’d prefer a return bout between these two over Pascal getting a rematch (and another severe beating) from Kovalev.


After a week of getting his reputation dragged through the mud, Drake has re-emerged on OVO Radio to drop “Charged Up.” Although names aren’t checked, Drake clearly goes at Meek Mill in the opening bars, referring to him as a “charity case” and someone who “snitched without interrogation.” He later dismisses Meek’s stature by alluding to Nicki Minaj being the better emcee (“No woman ever had me starstruck/Or was able to tell me to get my bars up”).

While there will be jokes (myself included) about whether a team of writers got this together for Drake, Meek Mill still needs to finally hop off of Twitter and address this in the booth.

*UPDATE* Someone take away Meek’s Twitter.

Sergey Kovalev vs Nadjib Mohammedi IBF-WBA-WBO  Light Heavyweight Championship weigh-in Sergey Kovalev 174.5 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 173 Photo credit: WILL HART

Sergey Kovalev vs Nadjib Mohammedi
IBF-WBA-WBO Light Heavyweight Championship
Sergey Kovalev 174.5 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 173
Photo credit: WILL HART

LAS VEGAS — WBO, WBA, and IBF light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Nadjib Mohammedi were on target yesterday for tonight’s HBO title match. Kovalev tipped the scales at 174.5 and Mohammedi at 173.

KOVALEV-MOHAMMEDI PREDICTION: This fight should be competitive in the early rounds due to Mohammedi’s faster hands and awkward angles. The challenger is also a good athlete, which has allowed him to get away with wide punches, having his chin up in the air, and pulling straight back from punches. Kovalev’s jab will be key in keeping Mohammedi off balance and from jumping in with power shots. By the fourth, I expect Mohammedi to be in retreat where he’ll be a sitting duck for Kovalev’s technically sound offense. KOVALEV TKO6

Pascal vs. Gonzalez: The co-feature pits former champion and recent Kovalev victim Jean Pascal against Yuniesky Gonzalez. This is a catchweight bout with Pascal coming in at 178 and Gonzalez 177. Since Kovalev is light on future opponents, expect the winner of this bout to get a title shot.

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Quentin Miller has broken his silence on the week-long controversy surrounding the extent of his writing contributions to Drake’s IYRTITL and verse on Meek Mill’s “R.I.C.O.” Below is Miller’s statement unedited.

Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with One of my idols..

i told him i worked in a bakery and his exact words were “Fuck that, your destined for greatness”…

Hearing that from someone that I’ve been  studying since 2009, bar for bar…. Theres no way to describe that..

Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. i remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking “Why am I here?” like.. what does he need me for??

The answer is.. Nothing…

I watched this man piece together words in front of me…

I watched him write/ replace bars 2- 3 at a time on 6pm in NY.. I witnessed him light up, go in and freestyle madonna….

I took notes from the best in the game….

I remember him Showing me the thank you notes in NY before the album dropped.. Showing me the QM, telling me they put me on the credits (Ghostwritter???) … He attached  my name to something that touched the world..

When nobody would pay attention, drake saw something in me and reached out… Of all people… drizzy..

Two artist in exact opposite spaces in their career.. We came together and made something special..

I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together ..

Thats all i have to say on it.. back to this 1317 shit…

– Q.M.


This was a good statement, but one that won’t absolve Drake from addressing this himself. The fact he’s been in hiding all week is not a good look. You’ll recall when there was the Nas ghostwriting controversy a few years back, everyone involved including Nasir himself issued direct statements refuting the allegations.

Q says he only co-wrote for the tracks he was credited for on IYRTITL. So does that mean Meek is mistaken or lying in claiming that the “R.I.C.O.” verse was penned by Miller? Or is it true and there’s another writer behind the reference track Meek allegedly heard?

At this point, the only excuse for Drake’s silence is he better be crafting the most vicious diss since “Ether” for Meek.