Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded [Deluxe Edition]

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded [Deluxe Edition]

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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 withSee more details below

Overview

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. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2012
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0602527993003
catalogNumber:
5003364
Rank:
36067

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Tracks

  1. Roman Holiday  - Nicki Minaj
  2. Come on a Cone  - Nicki Minaj
  3. I am Your Leader  - Nicki Minaj
  4. Beez in the Trap  - 2 Chainz
  5. HOV Lane  - Nicki Minaj
  6. Roman Reloaded  - Nicki Minaj
  7. Champion  - Nicki Minaj
  8. Right by My Side  - Nicki Minaj
  9. Sex in the Lounge  - Nicki Minaj
  10. Starships  - Nicki Minaj
  11. Pound the Alarm  - Nicki Minaj
  12. Whip It  - Nicki Minaj
  13. Automatic  - Nicki Minaj
  14. Beautiful Sinner  - Nicki Minaj
  15. Marilyn Monroe  - Nicki Minaj
  16. Young Forever  - Nicki Minaj
  17. Fire Burns  - Nicki Minaj
  18. Gun Shot  - Nicki Minaj
  19. Stupid Hoe  - Nicki Minaj
  20. Turn Me On  - Nicki Minaj
  21. Va Va Voom  - Nicki Minaj
  22. Masquerade  - Nicki Minaj

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nicki Minaj   Primary Artist
Wayne Hector   Vocals
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
RedOne   Background Vocals
Martin Sandberg   Vocals
Carl Falk   Guitar,Vocals
Kalenna Harper   Vocals
Kelly Sheehan   Vocals
Teddy Sky   Background Vocals
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji   Background Vocals
AJ Junior   Background Vocals
Mohombi   Vocals
Lukasz Gottwald   Vocals
Marissa Bregman   Vocals
Rachael Findlen   Vocals
Patrizia Valentina   Vocals
Eve Boase   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Rivers   Engineer
Kane   Producer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Blackout   Producer
Ke'Noe   Producer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
David Guetta   Composer,Producer
Nicholas Cooper   Vocal Producer
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Editing
J.R. Rotem   Producer
Giorgio Tuinfort   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
Koool Kojak   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
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
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering
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
Rutger "Ruffi" Kroese   Vocal Mixing
Trevor Muzzy   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Noel Cadastre   Recording Assistant
Cortez Bryant   Executive Producer
Black Raw   Mastering,Additional Production
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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