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


Aug 20, 2019

The Pink Print, That’s The Real Queen Album

Nicki Minaj’s Pink Print proved to be one truly stellar album, from the awards to the number of albums sold – she shifted the industry on its axis. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 244,000 album units sold in its first week, of which 198,000 were pure sales. More than just a female rapper, she’s a trendsetter and record breaker. In 2018, Onika became the first female rapper ever to sell at least five million copies of each of her albums, which includes Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up and of course, The Pink Print. The Pink Print solidified Nicki as an artist not just a rapper. She even created a mini-film to accompany the album – that’s epic. She’s an undeniable MC, no doubt, and this album boasted with hits like “The Crying Game,” featuring Jessie Ware, “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown and “Feeling Myself” featuring the one and only Beyoncé. When an artist organically creates music, tells their narrative and incubates in their creative process, the music hearkens as such. Nicki, at the time of this album’s release in 2014, hit what I’ve deemed as the “Drake” faze of her career. The “Drake” faze is that untouchable moment in your music career where everything you touch literally turns to gold, hence the fact that we know that every song Drake features on turns into a top charting record – you get the point. Everyone knew her name and everyone adored her music but she didn’t have any real competition. Remy Ma was still incarcerated, Lil Kim wasn’t releasing music, Trina took a break etc. thus she was really only competing with herself. Her only task at hand was to out-do her previous works which she did with the Pink Print, however, if we roll into present day, four years later, she releases the Queen album. Queen laced in 19 tracks amid features from Lil Wayne, The Weeknd and Foxy Brown, to name a few is a valiant effort but falls shy of my expectations. Overall, sonically speaking it is a solid body of work but not an impressive one in my opinion. Rappers lose that “It” factor when they start “trying” to be rappers. The grit she possessed in The Pink Print with records like “Four Door Aventador” where she raps, “I'm in the V like a widow's peak / It's just me and my Rolls Royce pillow seats / Why they staring at me? I brung MacLaren with me /Yo, matter of fact, I think I'ma bring Donna Karan with me.” She loves a good name-drop. Her wordplay gets even crazier as she goes on to rap, “And you my son, I don't know, it's just the parent in me / I am the best, I am the queen, it's so apparent it me.” Her witty pen game thus transcended her into the revered artist she is today but her gifted bars set an expectation that we expected her to fulfill.

Jun 04, 2019

Sweetest Addiction

It was the year 2011 and I just resumed for my final session at the university. I got an apartment off campus in a place where we called student villa. The villa had 20 apartments, 5 on each opposite block. As the introvert that I was then, I would always do my things away from everyone. I barely had an encounter with any of the other students in the hostel. As a result of the number of apartments, there were numerous occupants, each with his/her own attitude, lifestyle and taste in music. None of which bothered me, not forgetting to state the fact that most of them lived a high-volume-music blaring lifestyle, worst of all was their taste in music. Whenever most of them were playing a song, I'd be in my room cringing and covering my ears with the pillow, but there was this particular girl that stayed directly opposite my room. The songs she listened to felt different, especially one very album she played it early in the morning, as early as 5am. I didn't know whose album it was but she sounded nothing like the regular female artiste. She was a hybrid of R&B and Hip-Hop. One morning, a particular song from the album got my adrenaline so triggered and I couldn't take it anymore, I left my room with the aim of approaching her room to ask for the artiste's name, thankfully I found her outside doing her laundry. I got to ask her and she told me the artiste's name is Nicki Minaj, she even offered to lend me the album which I gladly accepted, I went back into my room, inserted the disc and listened to the album at a very hushed tone at first, then gradually, I turned up the volume until it became so loud; Nicki Minaj made me do what I hated most of my neighbors for, and I was not even sorry about it. The album and Nicki Minaj as an artiste became an addiction for me like they were to the girl that introduced me to her music. It was indeed a sweet addiction. Nicki Minaj is definitely one of the best gifts that the year 2010 brought for us all, along came a her debut album, Pink Friday. Onika Tanya Marají whose moniker is Nicki Minaj, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, whose parents happened to be Gospel singers, which explained where she must have gotten her singing abilities from, but it doesn’t explain her Rap prowess. I'll say that's divine. She made me love rap music in a different way because she did rap music in a different way. The album was released November 22, 2010 and it featured some top heavyweights like Eminem, Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West and Will.I.Am. Pink Friday debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, finding its way to number 1 on the chart. Having a first week sales of 375,000 copies, it's safe to say Pink Friday can be regarded as a successful project, also putting into consideration that it is her first debut studio album. The album had a total sale of Two million traditional copies in the United States as at February 2018, the Recording Industry Association of America later certified it Triple Platinum. Pink Friday was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 54th edition of the Grammy Awards that took place in 2012. "Moment 4 life", one of the biggest songs off the album also got nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance in the Grammy Awards as well.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension
Feb 01, 2019

Nicki Minajs ‘Queen’ Contains Much To Like, Yet Her Empire Remains Under Siege

From obscurity to mainstream appeal, female Hip Hop has always been a head scratcher for me. The door is open, no doubt, but that access point leads to a single-seater throne room, I feel, rather than a forum. I have always found it absurd that for nearly a decade now, it has all been about Nicki. Where was the support for other women rappers? Nicki Minaj is that enigma of a mainstream rapper – who possessed a real underground battle style starting out, yet seemed to sell her Hip Hop soul initially for the bonanza that Pop crossovers promised. I can’t fault her – Hip Hop became about money at all costs – even if that meant singing Synth Pop. Plus, you gotta think about what was on the radio, as she was competing with the candy coated excesses of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. In the rap world, all support went to Nicki, and her rap style was adopted several years later by a crop of other plastic cookie cutter girl rappers – eventually, the strip club would become synonymous with the trap – while Nicki would be tested for the first time, by Remy Ma, who brought a realer NY vibe, and Cardi B, who might have been a stripper rapper at first, yet soon became bankable on unique personality alone. Cardi has come closest to dethroning her in the public eye, and by now, it is more a popularity contest than anything else. So lets talk facts then. Queen is my favorite thing that she has done, though admittedly, I never cared a whole lot for her other albums. She certainly out raps Cardi B here – but again to my main point – why is there such limited space for girls in rap, that two rappers with completely different styles must be the queen or bust?

Written by @taylor

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