Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
November 28th, 2012 | 209 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Re-Up won’t convert anybody who dislikes her, but it's ultimately the edition with more bang for your buck if you’re a fan of Miss Minaj.

The title of Nicki Minaj's sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded sort of gave the impression that it could be considered an expansion of her debut Pink Friday, and that would be completely plausible with the two albums not being too different from each other. Minaj’s EP The Re-Up arrives only a short few months after Roman Reloaded as a bundle edition with that album, and even though that makes the full name of said edition amount to 3 subtitles as, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up”, it’s actually fitting that Nicki Minaj’s releases don’t have original names of their own, because nothing has changed about Minaj and her music for The Re-Up. In a way, it’s the perfect analogy to how Minaj has kept her act limited to the style of her unstable alter-ego “Roman” since her debut, and The Re-Up arriving so quickly with only 8 new songs makes it apparent that it was only released to help sustain the constant attention Minaj’s act receives.

Titles aside though, The Re-Up does contain an abundance of content. While the EP itself can be purchased singularly, the box set edition acts as a reissue of Roman Reloaded, containing that album in its entirety, as well as a DVD featuring music videos and behind the scenes footage.

As an MC, Minaj is nothing remotely remarkable in comparison to contemporary hip hop fronted by males. While her approach and delivery is refreshingly frantic, fierce, and frequently maniacal, the insanity feels aimless far too often, and only works as a front to make up for her lack of a good flow. To compare Minaj’s alter-ego “Roman” to Eminem’s controversial character with psychotic tendencies “Slim Shady”, Shady spouted manic verses of murder, sex, and drugs, but had a talented and stable flow, pace, and witty writing to back it up. The character of Roman has the personality down that solidifies Minaj’s position as the most ferocious of the few and far between female rappers since Lil Kim, but her form is very sloppy and un-oriented, and the lyrics that describe her blunt sexual topics aren’t anything so much clever as they are just downright vulgar and foul (and sometimes in idiotic poor taste).

The music that backs her isn’t exactly standout either. Minaj at least has variety, with songs ranging in genres from hip hop, to dance-pop and R&B, but this is very polished and processed music. The beats feel hallow and bland, and the production on the more poppy tracks are so sugary that they can be hard to digest. These pop tracks do see Minaj exposing a more conscious and sincere side of her personality, but even when her subject matter takes a serious tone, Minaj’s writing ability is much too thin to convey deep emotions. It’s also difficult to take Minaj seriously on these poppy songs after she chaotically blurts out nonsense such as “I am your leader, take me to your leader, I am your leader, suck a big dick.” on the previous hip hop cuts.

All in all, Minaj continues to be nothing more than a mediocre artist in all areas. Thanks to her personality and attitude, she’s without a doubt unique in the hip hop industry and in comparison to other rappers of her gender, but she still hasn’t pursued any musical avenues that are worth any merit. She can be funny, and her energy is mildly rousing, and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up is largely successful for the amount of that type of material it provides her fans with. It’s merely decent music, but there is a substantial amount of it on this edition, and Nicki Minaj’s Barbie minions couldn’t ask for a better deal in that respect.



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breakingthefragile
November 28th 2012


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Obviously avoid this if you're not into Minaj, which I suspect a good amount of
people are this site aren't, but dig right in if you enjoy her work. You know what
you're getting with this, that for sure.

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lz41
November 28th 2012


51 Comments


You have taken on the most difficult task in modern music and succeeded. Well done.


MichaelSnoxall
November 28th 2012


12163 Comments


So she's released the same album three times now?

breakingthefragile
November 28th 2012


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, essentially. Gets no better, and gets no worse.

MichaelSnoxall
November 28th 2012


12163 Comments


talk about marketing skills

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012


4435 Comments


Good review, Alex. POS'd. I've only heard 3 or so songs by her, including that ridiculous one called "Stupid Hoe" (which can be rather catchy).

Acanthus
November 28th 2012


9543 Comments


If you'd ever enjoy feeling like a true music elitist go watch a club full of people get down to one of her tracks.

Pumps the ego man.

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tommygun
November 28th 2012


24954 Comments


oh man

re re re re re

fuck this bitch

great review pos

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012


31218 Comments


But why would you willingly walk into a club that played her tunes?

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012


7343 Comments


If you'd ever enjoy feeling like a true music elitist go watch a club full of people get down to one of her tracks.

Pumps the ego man.




So true

Gyromania
November 28th 2012


15791 Comments


gj alex. typo in the summary btw

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Cygnatti
November 28th 2012


21352 Comments


...

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ThroneOfAgony
November 28th 2012


3485 Comments


Oh man, I just know this is terrible. Not even going to bother

VermicideReloadead
November 28th 2012


1433 Comments


Nicki Minaj makes music for people who only has 2 neurons that can't do a basic synapse. When I click by mistake one of her videos I said "Dude, this porn has some awful noise as a background sound" There is no way that shit like this deserves a rating above 1,5. She makes really retarded mainstream music.

DirEnRefused
November 28th 2012


2182 Comments


Nicki Minaj makes music for people who only has 2 neurons that can't do a basic synapse. When I
click by mistake one of her videos I said "Dude, this porn has some awful noise as a background sound"

dude that's hilarious dude have you considering stand-up

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012


3459 Comments


The music that backs her isn’t exactly standout either.


The music that backs her is atrocious. Pos, though, good review even though I highly disagree with the rating.

OmairSh
November 28th 2012


11163 Comments


Well at least she chose a good picture for the album cover

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ThroneOfAgony
November 28th 2012


3485 Comments


Lol what music? That retarded Stupid Hoe song is nothing but a clap and no melody alongside her fucking horrible skanky ass voice

Nicki Minaj- 0/5

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 28th 2012


10596 Comments


Isn't this the third version of this album in 2 years??

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toxin.
November 28th 2012


12498 Comments


Kinda reads like a 2.5. Still, way to give this a fair chance, although I'd probably hate this. pos'd



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