Nicki Minaj / Pink Friday / Universal
Nicki Minaj claims she’s a purebred artist, but her indecisive nature has her confused on whether to uncage a bark or cuddle with mature pop. Pink Friday isn’t the ruthless rap record most perceive it to be; its feminine curves demand rough hands but secretly prefer a smooth R&B touch. Entering a game that’s more of a man’s world, the 25-year-old throws a cold shoulder at skeptics with a dark-cherry militant growl. On “Blazin”, the bright lights have made her bold: “Soccer moms need to organize a pep rall / Your game over b*tch, Gatorade, wet towel,” she snarls before guest collab Kanye West delivers his cut.
Even the Young Money swagger and fiery Eminem duet “Roman’s Revenge” can’t save Minaj from playing the multi-talented card. She accepts the role of a typical female hip-hop artist, playing with apple-of-my-eye beats (“Your Love”) and toying with the sparkle of electro pop (“Fly”, “Save Me”) that matches her bubblegum pink do. Minaj tries to rekindle a spark with Drake but witnesses her control on the track become submissive to her opponent. Pink Friday indeed shows a challenger poised to claim a title, but one unaware of its direction and how it will refrain from becoming another average ring girl with a dulcet voice.
Download: “Roman’s Revenge”, “Moment 4 Life (ft. Drake)”
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