Nicki Minaj “Pink Friday” Review

Rapper Nicki Minaj seems to have exploded onto the Billboard charts almost overnight as the newest signed artist to Lil’ Wayne’s record company, “Young Money.” The Queens, New York  born rapper made a name for herself by co-starring on tracks with heavy hitters like Drake, Trey Songz, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Mariah Carey during the past year and has recently been named the new queen of hip hop.

Her much anticipated first album “Pink Friday,” hits stores this week and it’s not the classic that so many people are hoping it would be.

Minaj kicks off the album with “I’m the Best,” where she lets listeners know that she’s not your average female rapper.  Minaj  fires back at other artist that have taken shots at her (Lil’ Kim) with Roman’s Revenge featuring Eminem . “Right Thru Me,” gives crossover appeal in which Minaj showcases her vocal skills belting out on the tracks chorus. Other notable songs include “Fly,” featuring Rihanna, “Moment 4 Life featuring Drake,” “Your Love,” and “Check it out.”

I have to admit with the absence of  female rappers the past 5 years I was expecting the female version of Reasonable Doubt (Jay-Z’s first album). Pink Friday is a good album, but not great. Minaj revealed in an interview earlier this year that the songs that were supposed to go on the album were taken off in favor of adding new tracks. I can’t help but wonder if  the material that was originally supposed to go on the album would have featured more tracks of Minaj speaking to her genuine talent of uncanniness like “Romans Revenge.” Billboard Magazine recently referred to her as the “Lady GaGa of Hip Hop,” and after listening to Pink Friday in its entirety I’d have to respectfully disagree. While she does have a few solid songs on Pink Friday, she really held back on her first album. She’s truly talented, but Pink Friday doesn’t show how much.

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