ALBUM REVIEW: Nicki Minaj “Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded”

“I’m addicted to fame” declares rapper-of-the-moment Nicki Minaj on the sensual “Sex In The Lounge”, which marks the turning point of the colourful star’s much-anticipated sophomore release “Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded”. Having exploded into the mainstream with her accomplished and distinct debut “Pink Friday, Minaj has clearly become a lover of her newly found privileged position.

While she professes her love for fame, Minaj is equally enamoured with the associated fortune. Album lowlight and title track “Roman Reloaded” is a poorly pitched and unashamed celebration of both her and collaborator Lil’ Wayne’s rapidly rising affluence at a time where their global fanbase struggle to pay entry for their increasingly expensive tours.

Add into the equation a confused approach to album cohesiveness and “Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded” could be written off as a shambles. While it opens as a sophisticated, though self-obsessed rap record, it explodes at the halfway point into a Katy Perry meet Ke$ha pop foray.

While the opening half is arguably consistent, it offers only two highlights – the sexy sleek “Right By My Side” and chant-worthy “I Am Your Leader”. In stark contrast, Minaj easily proves herself capable of wearing a Pop Princess crown. Lead single “Starships” may be the album highlight, but the incessant “Whip It” , the frenzy inducing “Pound The Alarm” and girly sing-along “Marilyn Monroe” are equally noteworthy.

“Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded” fails to really impress as a complete product. With Minaj battling between her credible rapper roots and pop princess ambitions, the album would have better approached as separate projects. Disappointingly rapper Minaj has got lost in her own ego and seems too obsessed with financial gain to have really delivered, yet pop Minaj ticks all the boxes and will have those dancefloors flooded in no time at all.

We say ditch the attempt at credibility and let your down and party as that is clearly where your heart currently lies…

Rating: 2/5 (for Rap Queen Minaj), 4/5(for Pop Princess Minaj)
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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