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Nicki Minaj, one of raps hottest acts right now, recently released a re-issue of her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded titled Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up. The reissue features the original disc, plus a separate disc of eight new tracks, and a behind the scenes DVD. The album has found moderate success, but in my personal opinion it still falls short.
I like Nicki Minaj, I’m a fan, I believe she’s very talented, and I really liked her debut album Pink Friday, but I believe this album doesn’t match up. With Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, I feel like Minaj may have lost a touch. It seems she is escaping her fierce hip hop flow at times for the more pop-electro club sound. While she has a good voice, her forte is her bad-girl flow. I would have hoped to see it more utilized on this album. It’s there in some portions, but for the most part, the songs are bland.
In total, the re-issue tallies at 27 songs total, and in my opinion, not many of them stand out, mostly outside of hits like “Starships” or “The Boys.” To be completely honest, there are a couple terrible songs here too such as “I Endorse These Strippers”. Some songs find themselves in the realm of simply strange, including “Roman Holiday.” I simply feel like the album is a let-down following Pink Friday.
However, it has found decent success commercially. It reached number 29 on the Billboard 200, selling 36,000 copies. It features a list of top guests too, including Lil Wayne, Ciara, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, and Cassie amongst others.
I'm giving this album a 2 out of 5. Maybe I have to listen to it a couple more times, but I had higher hopes for the album. I think Nicki Minaj is trying to simply do too much with her rise in popularity. I just hope to see her stick to her originality in the next album with her bad-ass attitude, and flows that can knockout her male counterparts. I still think there are some big things yet to come from Minaj, and I’ll keep my ears open for it.
Nicki Minaj – “The Boys” Ft Cassie (Explicit)