Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded


2.0
poor

Review

by Dashnavar USER (7 Reviews)
April 1st, 2012 | 119 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nicki's sophomore effort plays more like two poorly conceived albums than one cohesive work.

On “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” Nicki tries to capitalize on the critical and commercial success of her hip-hop roots and her pop singles, respectively, by creating a half of the album that is distinctly Roman, and another half that is distinctly pop. But in the process of showing versatility, she stretches herself far too thin, actually creating two albums, jammed into one confusing work that clocks in at almost 70 minutes. Not only are there too many genres, the songs are poorly done as well.

The darker half of the album spans from tracks 1-9. On this half, Nicki uses her flamboyant male alter-ego Roman to show attitude. The lines show personality, and some of the production is surprisingly good. “Roman Holiday” sees Roman having an inner dialogue with his haters (or religious suppressors) with some brilliant, exorcist-themed production. The slight production of “Roman Reloaded” and “Beez In The Trap,” allows Roman to showcase the lines that allowed his rise to fame. “HOV Lane” is the standout though, Roman has no collaborators and he reminds everyone just why he's so amazing, dropping lines like “Every shoe is hot/When I'm out, I'm spotted/ They gon' frame the receipt if I sign the dotted.”

On the downside, some of the calls seem trite, especially in “I Am Your Leader” and “Come On A Cone” and their constant references to oral sex. The final, more R&B-influenced tracks are also poor. They all see Roman letting down his wall, but to a disappointing result. All of the verses of “Champion” are brilliantly dark and heartbreaking, and Minaj even pays homage to her late cousin, but the chorus seems too introspective for such an emotional song. “Right By My Side” is almost all singing, and Minaj's gets upstaged by Chris Brown's vocal capabilities. “Sex In The Lounge” isn't even Minaj's song, as she only gets the first verse, and it's boring, showing neither Roman or Minaj.

All of a sudden, the album makes a rocky transition into the second half of the album, the pop section. Had the R&B songs not been so boring, listeners might have been prepared for Nicki to kick in, but instead, “Starships” is immediately pumped out. As a RedOne production, the song is a fun 4/4 romp, and the raps show extreme personality. The track would have been a standout had the next 4 tracks, also produced by RedOne, not sounded exactly the same. Additionally, the auto tune makes Minaj's voice unrecognizable, and the rapping, if there is any, is either basic or nonsensical (“Hey, you, jump in this ride/It's real nice, and slippery inside”).

Minaj then starts to let her wall down, much like Roman does towards the end. However, she encounters the same problem as Roman does. In “Marilyn Monroe,” her limited vocal capabilities make her confessional seem fraudulent. The rest of the balladry encounters similar sonic, lyric and vocal problems. Finally, we have “Stupid Hoe.” After eight tracks of pop, the track couldn't have come at a better time, with Roman ripping you out of your seat for one final throwdown, with some disses that are better than people give the song credit for (“Who's gassin' this hoe, BP?”). Although the track is distinctly Roman, it finishes the album off on a more confusing note than it already had been.

Why mesh hardcore rap with light pop? Minaj tries to do so, but with the lack of transitions, the albums becomes incoherent. It's as if she chopped rap and pop right down the middle with an R&B knife and made two albums. As a result of trying to be "genre-breaking," Minaj bites off more than she can chew and she compromises the quality of her music. "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" is like Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." It tries to do more than it can, and it ends up being a complete mess.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dashnavar
April 1st 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Question: Do you think that the album would be better with a different tracklisting?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012


4442 Comments


Her songs "Superbass" and "Stupid Hoe" seem to be playing everywhere i go, she's gotten really famous. And honestly, a part of me finds those songs kind of catchy. But its really because ive heard them so many times in stores and radioplay that the music has become engraved in my brain.

Acanthus
April 1st 2012


9543 Comments


I admit to not knowing about her alter ego, but after Bowie this seems like a pale attempt at
something many consider already perfected.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

AtavanHalen
April 1st 2012


17927 Comments


woohoo here comes another 19 pages of misogyny, sexism, homophobia and petty arguments

Dashnavar
April 1st 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't really read through the comments of the other review... I haven't been writing decently at all recently, in school or on here and I've been trying to work on my block.

AsoTamaki
April 1st 2012


2525 Comments


"Nicki uses her flamboyant male alter-ego Roman"

Lol, what a joke. I will be staying away from this. And there's no way in hell a Nicki Minaj thread is gonna get to 19 pages.

Dashnavar
April 1st 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah do stay away from this. I don't think that even the best songs on the album will last me a week

LifeAsAChipmunk
April 1st 2012


4854 Comments


Honestly, I didn't mind her so much before...But Stupid Hoe is one of the worst songs ever.

HeathenEarthling
April 1st 2012


91 Comments


Interesting distribution of user ratings.

Dashnavar
April 1st 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think that it really is understandable. Certain people might really like it because of some standout tracks, and they might find the R&B a good transition into the dance pop. I just didn't really see anything I loved here, but it really isn't as slammable as expected.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012


7311 Comments


Oh lordy.

BLUEOmni
April 4th 2012


684 Comments


This woman needs to die. This is literally the worst musi- no... it's not music. It's the devil's cry.

BLUEOmni
April 4th 2012


684 Comments


I almost always acknowledge the differing musical experiences others have, but there's nothing to differ with here. This woman is the definition of nihilist; she's out to burn the world and reform it into nothing but a decayed crackpot. I don't want to live on this planet anymore, but I don't want to leave because of her. Let's just kill her :D

BLUEOmni
April 4th 2012


684 Comments


Is this even a woman? Or is this just a flock of locusts glued together? Yahweh and Michael need to stop making out and smite this mistake!

AsoTamaki
April 4th 2012


2525 Comments


Did you even listen to this, andcas? I hope not.

@BLUEOmni: Alright. Calm down, guy. Watch some moe anime or something.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012


15050 Comments


reviewed this 4 my school newspaper

BLUEOmni
April 4th 2012


684 Comments


Ya know, all I was doing was listening to was some DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, when Vevo prompted me to listen to this woman's new song. So I clicked it and died inside.

AsoTamaki
April 4th 2012


2525 Comments


Vevo is never to be trusted. Let that be a lesson to you.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012


15050 Comments


good:
come on a cone
i am your leader
roman reloaded
champion
starships
stupid hoe

and maybe roman holiday and beez in the trap sort of

rest is bad

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012


15050 Comments


cuz its awesome



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