Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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by Nicki Minaj
     
 

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Nicki Minaj's sophomore effort was pre-release promoted as the "mixtape Nicki" gone legit, as her unpredictable, provocative, and artistically free alter ego "Roman Zolanski" bubbled to the top. That's sensible as this bold, layered artist is just as comfortable alongside Madonna during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show as she is hanging with

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Nicki Minaj's sophomore effort was pre-release promoted as the "mixtape Nicki" gone legit, as her unpredictable, provocative, and artistically free alter ego "Roman Zolanski" bubbled to the top. That's sensible as this bold, layered artist is just as comfortable alongside Madonna during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show as she is hanging with the Cash Money crew during the after party, so a two-album roll out might be necessary, but this is the wrong part two. The first Pink Friday presented a street queen gone elegant (which is what you do when you go from mixtapes sold at quickie marts to Dr. Luke productions sold by publicly traded companies) and here, the Roman gone well-funded thing works for more than an EP's worth of cuts. "Starships" offers a Katy Perry-styled singer that can convincingly drop both a MF-bomb and a weed reference, while the vicious "Stupid Hoe" gives birth to the genre of millionaire booty music and suddenly, sipping sizzurp in your own private jet seems entirely possible. Then there's vaudeville-hop opener "Roman Holiday" where the rapper/singer adds performance artist to the list by doing a British constable impression over knotty electro, while "Come On a Cone" gives Nicki her own "A Milli" and states the album's purpose ("Now I'm not masturbatin'/But I'm feelin' myself") as only she can. A handful of equally inspired numbers that come from this angle of gangsta-girl-in- a-post-wonky-pop-world add to the excitement, and with RedOne and a batch of other innovative producers providing a kaleidoscope of beats, the first half of the album is an amusement park for production lovers. Still, as the Lil Kim side of Nicki heads into the wonderfully dangerous territory of Gangsta Boo, Khia, Peaches, and beyond, her Madonna side has drifted into the land of Kara DioGuardi and other craftspeople for hire, as you could offer most of the latter part of this album to Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, late-era Santana, or etc. The polished ballad "Marilyn Monroe" is a prime example and it would be an admirable second-tier track most anywhere else, but here, Nicki's simple musing about Marilyn and fame is one complicated, misunderstood blonde bombshell addressing another, but on a surface level when there's substantial stuff to explore. Cut the iffy pop off these 19 tracks and you're left with Roman's true four-star empire, but as it is, Roman Reloaded is a frustrating mix of significant and skippable.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2012
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602527944067
catalogNumber:
001653002
Rank:
33678

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nicki Minaj   Primary Artist
Wayne Hector   Vocals
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
RedOne   Background Vocals
Carl Falk   Guitar,Vocals
Kalenna Harper   Vocals
Teddy Sky   Background Vocals
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji   Background Vocals
AJ Junior   Background Vocals
Mohombi   Vocals
Marissa Bregman   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Rivers   Engineer
Kane   Producer
Blackout   Producer
Ke'Noe   Producer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Nicholas Cooper   Vocal Producer
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
J.R. Rotem   Producer
Dreamlab   Producer
RedOne   Producer,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Hit Boy   Producer
Nicki Minaj   Executive Producer
Dwayne "Tha President" Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Finis "KY" White   Engineer
Rami   Producer,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Noah Shebib   Engineer
Carl Falk   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Alex Da Kid   Producer
Gelly Kusuma   Engineer
Alex P.   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Donald "Tixie" Dixon   Engineer
Stuart White   Engineer
T-Minus   Producer
Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams   Executive Producer
Michael "Banger" Cadahia   Engineer
Elizabeth Gallardo   Recording Assistant
Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams   Executive Producer
Trevor Muzzy   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Noel Cadastre   Recording Assistant
Cortez Bryant   Executive Producer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Producer
Safaree Samuels   Composer,Executive Producer
Rico Beats   Producer
Clint Gibbs   Recording Assistant
Smitty   Producer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Jimmy Joker   Producer,Instrumentation
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jermaine Preyan   Executive Producer
Ryan   Producer
Jon Sher   Recording Assistant
Jahshari Wilson   Cover Design
Oakwud   Producer
Nikhil Seethram   Composer,Producer
JProof   Producer
Flippa123   Producer
DJ Diamond Kuts   Producer

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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
YMCMB___ More than 1 year ago
Good album but too many pop songs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicki minaj is awesome. this album is good, except I really don't like the song "stupid hoe" I think that's its not appropriate. but other than that her other songs are good.