Nicki Minaj, one of the most controversial and artistic female hip hop artist we have seen in a long while, is set to drop her debut album “Pink Friday” on November 23rd.
Having the chance to listen to the album before it’s release was very beneficial to me and the coins in my
Most female rappers such as Lil Kim, Eve, Trina, and even Foxy Brown, used their debut albums to
showcase who they are and what we should expect from them. Nicki, who has appeared on many hit
songs including “Hello Goodmorning” with Diddy and Rick Ross and has granted us the permission
to meet her many other personalities, rapping alongside heavy hitters such as Drake, Trey Songz, and Lil Wayne
may be doing that with this new album but will her fans like it?
“Pink Friday” showcases another side to Ms. Minaj. The album doesn’t follow the same urban, gritty,
hip hop and R&B collab formula that most female rappers have used in the past and what most fans
would expect from her. Instead the cd is very heavily Pop influenced. Being from a roster of
Young Money artist like Lil Wayne, who’s last album “I am not a human being” made it to #1 on the billboard
charts and included the kind of tracks that many have grown to love from such an artist. One would think Nicki would have
delivered a much better album. Not that the entire cd is bad, but as a fan, i had to ask myself, Did I wait
this long for this s***?
Gone are the many personalities Nicki has displayed while rhyming on other hits, and in it’s place is Nicki
Minaj the singer. She sings a lot more than one would have expected on this album and some fans are
complaining the album has too many mainstream pop songs than desired. “Check it out” a song featuring
Black Eyed Peas front man Will I Am, Save Me, Fly featuring Rihanna, and Last Change featuring another
pop artist Natasha Bedingfield are amongst those pop influenced songs, songs so heavily drowned out
by pop, you could easily hear them on any top 40 pop radio station after the latest Gaga or Britney song.
So then I thought about it and I got it! The label is trying to cross Nicki over.
This is uncommon for many new rap artist, especially one of Nicki’s calliber, who has done many mix tapes
and hardcore hip hop records with some of the best there is. A long awaited album like this should have lived
up to many people’s expectations and not aimed almost completely at white America. Not trying to sound racist
but as a fan of real hip hop music, I can certainly tell you that, this cd is not Hip Hop at all. Its Hip Pop!
In 1984 Clive Davis used this same method with a new then pop diva named Whitney Houston, and it worked.
releasing songs like “How will i know” and “I wanna dance with somebody” helped launch the very successful
career that Ms. Houston would go on to have, but then again Whitney is a singer.
Ooops that’s right, Nicki Minaj is too. So will this same tactic work for Nicki Minaj?
I will not rant on and on about this album, but I will say that there are a few cuts on it that make the cd
worth buying or downloading. “Here I am”, “Right through me”, “Your love”, Moment
for life ft Drake”, “Do it to them” and “Romans Revenge ft Eminem”. Those tracks escaped the pop wash out
and remind you of the Nicki we all grew to love. If you are a pop lover then this album is for you, if not then
I suggest you download just the singles you like instead of spending 16 bucks on this album, its not worth it.
Better luck next time Nicki! Album Grade (C+)