Album Review: Nicki Minaj – ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’

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This “rapper” became one of my favourite artist’s when I discovered her mixtapes and her debut album. You cannot deny that Nicki Minaj, at one point in your life was one of your favourite female rappers to listen to. Her debut album, ‘Pink Friday’, was a huge success, it went platinum after a month of its release. We all thought that Minaj was going to be a dominant female in Hip-Hop. I wrote a review on her debut album when it was released. Just like Melanie Fiona’s debut album, ‘Pink Friday’ was one of my most played albums in 2010. Minaj has now released the follow-up to her debut album titled ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’. However, will I be playing this album continuously as I did with her previous album?

When Minaj started off this era I was very confused. A track titled ‘Roman in Moscow’ surfaced on the internet, which had everyone questioning how this album would sound; as ‘Roman in Moscow’ was appalling! After ‘Roman in Moscow’, she announced the first single off the album, ‘Stupid Hoe’. The dislikes on YouTube speaks for the song itself. The music video for the latter currently has 506,263 dislikes and has 233,642 likes. For those who have no mathematical intellect, the music video has more dislikes than likes. So, as nobody was dazzled by ‘Roman in Moscow’ or ‘Stupid Hoe’, what was next for Minaj? She releases a dance record, ‘Starships’. Which if you’re a fan of Minaj for her Rapping skill’s you would’ve been highly disappointed by ‘Starships’. ‘Starships’ is very pop-culture which is the definition of this album.

The opening of the album is defiantly the highlight of the record, especially for the Hip-Hop fans, or should I say “for the people that know quality music!”

The album opens up with the track ‘Roman Holiday’, which Minaj performed at the 2012 Grammy Awards. This track most certainly makes me laugh. Why, you ask? Because I was sitting there questioning Minaj’s writing skills! In the middle of the track Minaj starts mumbling lyrics, not only that but you have lyrics such as: “Witch………… Twitch……………. Bitch” When I heard these lyrics I couldn’t help but laugh. However, I did enjoy the track. Call me deluded, but I enjoy it when Minaj spazzes out. Maybe I have a personality disorder like Minaj? Only time will tell. Have you seen Minaj perform ‘Roman Holiday’ at the Grammy Awards? Watch it below:

Minaj then carries on the Hip-Hop vibe throughout the opening of the album. Can’t forget to mention, ‘Come on a Cone’ where Minaj breaks out singing about putting a dick in somebody’s face. The opening of the album is definitely the highlight of the record, especially for the Hip-Hop fans, or should I say “for the people that know quality music!” ‘I Am Your Leader’ we hear from absent rapper Cam’ron and the jelly-belly rapper Rick Ross. ‘I Am Your Leader’ is said to be a huge fan-favourite on the album. However, I only like the chorus; the track doesn’t appeal to me at all. On the other hand, I definitely took a liking to the track ‘Hov Lane’, ‘Beez in the Trap’ which features 2-Chainz and ‘Roman Reloaded’ which features label mate Lil’ Wayne. Unfortunately, after these tracks I started to lose interest in the album. Even the track ‘Right by My Side’, which features my favourite male artist, Chris Brown, couldn’t bring back my interest for the album.

If Minaj wants to be successful in Pop-culture she needs to have a look at Missy Elliott’s career.

As previously stated, I lost interest in the album after specific tracks. The reason behind this is because the album went from Hip-Hop to Pop. Minaj didn’t waste any time with the transition of genres on the record. After the track ‘Sex in the Lounge’ which features Bobby Valentino and Lil’ Wayne the album just becomes a David Guetta project. I became so disappointed in Minaj, I understand that as an artist you must experiment with different sounds, and I understand that she wants to have a lasting career. However, Minaj must realise that she cannot sing, and her singing all over these dance tracks is not acceptable! I could understand if Minaj rapped over these dance tracks like she did with David Guetta’s ‘Where Them Girls At’ but Minaj is just singing and dropping weak verses here and there and it’s disappointing!

When it comes to the “Pink Friday: David Guetta Reloaded” side of the album the only tracks I enjoyed were ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and ‘Young Forever’. However, the deluxe edition track ‘Va Va Voom’ might grow on me; It is very smooth and I have a weakness for smooth tracks.

Overall, I am very disappointed in this album. Minaj’s debut album was a SOLID record and I was hoping she would continue to release good hip-hop music. She has just proven that she gave me false hope. Minaj’s excuse for this unpleasant music is because she is a “Business Woman”. Lately I have noticed that when artists claim they are a ‘Business person’ it means that they are looking for a hit, something that will boost the zeros in their bank balance. Point out all the artists that say they are a ‘Musician’ and point out the artists that say they are ‘Business people’, compare their music and you have a sociology theory. If Minaj wants to be successful in Pop-culture she needs to have a look at Missy Elliott’s career. Elliott has done dance/pop tracks; however, the reason why Elliott was able to crossover is because she brought “hip-pop” into the industry. Elliott kept it very hip-hop when she crossed over and that is what Minaj needs to do!

Outstanding Tracks

  • Roman Holiday
  • Come On a Cone
  • Beez in the Trap (Feat. 2-Chainz)
  • Hov Lane
  • Roman Reloaded (Feat. Lil’ Wanye)
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Young Forever

Minaj has recently released the video to her upcoming single ‘Beez in the Trap (feat. 2-Chainz)’. Watch it below:

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Chris Brown – Next to You (Feat. Justin Bieber) [Music Video]

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The final version of Chris Brown’s “Next to You” video has been released. It was leaked a couple of weeks ago. The video is like a Movie. Check out the description of the video from Rap-Up

The Colin Tilley-directed clip opens with Brown and Bieber enjoying time with their girlfriends. Soon after the apocalypse hits Earth, causing mass destruction and separating them from their loved ones. Breezy searchesthrough the ravaged streets for his girl, but when he finds her, she is hit by a car and he must take a leap of faith to rescue her. Bieber’s story has a happy ending, but Chris’ future remains uncertain. Can love save the day?

OH! Trust Justin Bieber to have a Happy Ending and for Chris to walk away wondering if the Love of his life is going to be alive or not! I Like the video though! Its quite cool! Chris did that Run that he did in Takers! I was Praising Jesus when I saw that run! And did u see Chris catch the spirit in the dancing!? LOL! I really like this video. Someone make a version without Justin Bieber in it 🙂

Chipmunk – Take off (feat. Trey Songz) [Official Music Video]

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The video for Chipmunks new single “Take Off” featuring Trey Songz has finally been released. Check out the Video below. It is nothing spectacular.

T Y P I C A L Chipmunk video. I’m still waiting for the Music Video/Song to top of Champion! *Taps Foot*.

 

 

 

 

Chris Brown – Should’ve Kissed You [New Music Video]

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A New music video has surfaced of Chris Brown’s recent album “F.A.M.E”. I didn’t know he was making a video for this song! THE VIDEO IS BANGING!!!! Chris Brown is Amazing!

I wasn’t feeling this song when I first heard the album but this video is so different! Check out Chris Brown with his Vans and the Sea just brushing up against them! I respect him for doing something SO different with this video! He could have easily had some light skinned chick and just could have been obsessed with her, but this video right here…. I like this! I am real proud of him!

Chris Brown & Rihanna following each other On Twitter. R U Happy about it?

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Last night (To the UK) Chris Brown and Rihanna followed each other on Twitter. It was a BIG shock to both RihannaNavy (Rihanna’s Fans/Stans) and Team Breezy (We all know who Team Breezy is :-)). However it seems like one party ain’t happy about the situation at all.

Everyone clearly knows what happened between Chris Brown & Rihanna. If you don’t know you must Google it because I am not here for that. I personally am glad they are following each other because it’s time to FORGIVE and move on. In March Rihanna relaxed the restraining Order against Chris Brown; which meant that they can now speak to each other publicly and attend the same events without any restrictions. Chris Brown was originally ordered to not come within 50 Yards of Rihanna and 10 yards if they attended the same public events.

A Rihanna fan tweeted Rihanna this:

“I never thought you would go back with him! You better not, Its your life but you do have people that look up to you. e.g. young girls”

Rihanna Replies:

“It’s fuckin’ Twitter, not the alter. Calm Down!” 

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WELL! Me personally I am happy they are following each other. Rihanna is single Chris isn’t BUT it is obvious that the love that they had was strong. HOWEVER Rihanna cannot be talking to her FANS like that! It wasn’t even a Fan it was a STAN! How r u gonna swear after your fans!? And people claim that Chris Brown is Unprofessional for throwing chair’s out of a window!? To be honest I can see why Her and Chris was fighting that night because Rihanna CLEARLY is CHEEKY and is not afraid to show it.However she and Chris are still young and you can see that by their actions! If you ask me there made for each other!

Moving on I think it will be nice to see them two give Love a 2nd try! Chris has been through enough now. It’s clear he didn’t mean to do what he did and the Media has token it far! Let bygones be Bygone’s! As for Chris Brown’s girlfriend… You need to be prepared for when Chris chucks up the Deuces.

Chris Brown’s Mother says: “He needs to Deal With it”

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Chris Brown’s Mother Joyce Hawkins had a interview with Sister2Sister publisher Jamie Foster Brown to talk about her son’s recent outburst at “Good Morning America”. She also talks about the Girls that Mr. Brown brings home!

I agree with her! His mother has spoken, and thats all that their is to it!

Chris Brown – She Ain’t You [Music Video]

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Chris Brown has dropped another single of his Gold certified album “F.A.M.E”. The video is a tribute to his idol Michael Jackson! Check out the video, its very cool!

Chris Brown is G R E A T :-). Please excuse me while I go in Hibernation to learn the dance routine!

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