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Review of Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Album

For her second album, Nicki Minaj promised to introduce us to her manic alter ego Roman Zolanski. With a memorable Grammy performance, we were ready for a Slim Shady worthy trip on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. We imagined something completely original and unique that would surprise us. Unfortunately it feels like Nicki chickened out.

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is a good album, but it’s not what we were promised. If she wanted to really impress, Nicki needed to commit to this alter ego for us to believe in it. She touches on it sporadically throughout the album, but not enough for you to really get a feel for what she is trying to say. She should have taken a cue from Eminem, who really made his three persona different people can you can hear a difference in them. Apart from the intro, Nicki rarely gives us a taste of what Roman Zolanski is all about. This is just another album.

Once the disappointment had worn off, we could appreciate Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded for what it was a very strong sophomore disc. It is far too long (the special edition has 19 songs). It would probably feel stronger with half the tracks.

But she proves she’s one of the best female emcees, possibly ever. She’s relentless and not afraid to go anywhere a man will. Not only is she a great rapper, Nicki has a stunning singing voice. She can match any pop star on the charts with her. Having so many songs makes it hard to really appreciate all of her talent, but lots of time to show off everything she can do. It is a bit of a catch 22. The gems are there waiting to make you dance, laugh or cry.

Love her or hate her, Nicki Minaj has landed and if her skills keep up, she’ll be here for a while. Watch the first video from Nicki’s new album here:

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