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Album Review: Nicki Minaj’s Revamped Album - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up

Posted by Brittany Barth on 12/08 at 11:05 AM

Grade: A-

If you’re a fan of hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj and have anxiously been awaiting the arrival of her new material, look no further than her revamped album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up. It’s basically her sophomore album if it had taken a dose of steroids.

In addition to the twenty-one tracks that Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded includes, The Re-Up provides the bonus of seven new tracks. While this may be exciting for the fans that did not purchase Nicki’s sophomore album, The Re-Up does not exactly benefit the fans that did. This newest album should have been released as an EP or separate album so that those who purchased Roman Reloaded would not have to re-purchase songs that they already own. While this may be an unfortunate situation for some fans, it also allows those who did not purchase Roman Reloaded to get the best of both worlds.

What The Re-Up may lack in its marketability is made up for with Nicki’s talent. The new tracks that this album now includes are sure to leave fans satisfied thanks to the versatility, aggression and vibrant personality the rapper is known for.

She kicks off The Re-Up with the song, “Up In Flames”. A choir accompanies Nicki throughout the song, as she showcases verses that are commanding and assertive. The music behind her lyrics is dramatic, driven by bass notes.

The second track, “Freedom,” takes a softer approach. While Nicki’s rap remains passionate, the music beneath it is dreamy and soothing.

Hell Yeah,” featuring Parker (who I’m assuming is an emerging artist because he is a mystery on the Internet) is fast-paced, fun and addictive.

High School” featuring Lil Wayne (definitely not a mystery) is sexy both lyrically and musically. Disclaimer: this song is definitely a track that contributed to The Re-Up being labeled as “explicit”.

The fifth track, “I’m Legit” featuring Ciara is the most kick ass of the new songs. It’ll definitely be the newest addition to your party playlist, and you’re “go-to” song for whenever you need an ego boost. The song also showcases Nicki’s incredible ability to rap so fast it makes your jaw drop.

Much like “High School,” the sixth track “I Endorse These Strippers” featuring Tyga, maintains a sexy sound throughout. This is also (as you can guess from the title) one of the more explicit songs the album provides.

The seventh track, the last of the new material Nicki provides on The Re-Up, is entitled, “The Boys” featuring Cassie. This is definitely my least favorite track because the song is disjointed. Overall, the sound is very aggressive but is broken by a chorus that is soft and feminine. It is out-of-place in a song that has such a hard edge. The song would benefit from either pairing the chorus with a more appropriate sound or removing it entirely.

The Re-Up offers material that proves to audiences why Nicki Minaj has been such a success in the industry. Since her debut, her music has remained unique and consistent. She has commanded respect because of her unrivaled talent as a female rapper. If you’re looking for a reminder as to why you became a Nicki fan, you need to check out The Re-Up.

{name} Author: Brittany Barth
Bio: My name is Brittany Barth, an English major currently in my senior year at Penn State. I am a lover of food, John Mayer, all things nautical and cats. It has always been a dream of mine to be the lead singer of a (successful) band. After graduation, my goal is to become a Young Adult fiction novelist, but I would love to be an advice columnist prior to that. I am excited about graduation and what the future holds for me!


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