Nicki Minaj ‘Pink Friday’ – Album Review
Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj, her debut album, plays like several diary entries written at different times in the rapper’s life. It covers a variety of subject matter from the Young Money rapper and is fashioned against a predominantly upbeat backdrop. Let’s look at it in detail in this Pink Friday album review.
The Kane Beatz-produced opener “I’m the Best” commands and declares Minaj’s ferocious spit into the mic style and reminds the listener of the culture present in her mixtapes, whereas the tone of “Roman’s Revenge” is harsh, fierce, sadistic, and is one of Pink Friday‘s masterpieces. Joining with Eminem, both rappers flow in their alter egos and the bar magic works with Swizz Beatz providing the beat. “Roman’s Revenge” has been rumored to be an all-out blitzkrieg on rapper Lil’ Kim.
There are multiple collabos on Pink Friday such as the pop-sounding “Fly” featuring Rihanna. It is a tale of stepping out into the unknown towards achieving goals and dreams, while the celebration of “Moment 4 Life” feels like it could have been featured on fellow Young Money cohort Drake’s Thank Me Later, released earlier this year.
While there are exchanges between Minaj and others on a majority of the cuts, it is on the solos that Minaj takes off such as on “Here I Am,” “Save Me” and Pink Friday‘s first single “Your Love.” Of the soloistic songs present on Pink Friday, two of the most personable are “Here I Am,” with its race car sound sprinkled through a sobering piano, and the standout “Right Thru Me,” which complements her rhyming with R&B emotion.
Pink Friday is a decent debut album from Nicki Minaj. It offers a foretaste of her range as a rapper, keeping with the black Barbie doll theme and crazy buzz that she has received. It is catchy but falls short of being memorable alongside other projects released by female rappers in the past. It is not a disappointment, but it gives you a feeling that Minaj isn’t capable of stretching her style into something more hardcore and less top 40.
Pink Friday album review
This album receives a PAR
PARL… Kinda Great
Pink Friday album picks
Nicki Minaj ft. Kanye West – Blazin
Nicki Minaj ft. Eminem – Roman’s Revenge
Willow Smith ft. Nicki Minaj – Whip My Hair (Remix)
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