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Armless Fun !
on 24 November 2010
If you don't like bad language you may struggle with this.
If on the other hand you don't mind a bit of top-class
potty-mouthed creativity you may very well love it to bits!
Nicki Minaj (aka Onika Tanya Maraj) shoots from the hip on
her debut album 'Pink Friday' and takes no prisoners. She is
mad and bad and just a little bit dangerous to know and to tell
you the truth, dirty or not, this is a very fine first outing.
Ms Minaj can sing. No doubt about it. Listen to the chorus on the
deliciously funky opening track 'Im The Best' if you need proof.
However, it's the rapping which really shines! This lady can spit
out words with the kind of fierce delivery and rhythmic attack
which only the very best in the genre can muster. Hooking up
with Eminem on the positively outrageous 'Roman's Revenge' is
an inspired pairing. Mr Mathers meets his match and sounds like
he's enjoying every last moment! Stripped-down, awkward, angular
and totally thrilling, you can feel the sparks flying between them!!
'Did It On 'em' is rude. Very rude indeed and very, very funny.
I kept thinking : "Noooooo...You can't say that...you just can't!"
- but she does and she doesn't give a damn! Coming out of a less
convincing mouth the scatological lyrics might well have sounded
immature and gratuitous. Here the profanity is blissfully correct.
Rihanna returns a favour collaborating with Ms Minaj on the lovely
duet 'Fly' (they perform together on 'Raining Men' on Rihanna's new
album 'Loud'). Both Divas deliver deliciously powerful performances.
'Save Me' has a strong tune cut through with skittering drum & bass
rhythms. The marriage of styles works wonderfully well.
Kanye West pops in to say "hello" on 'Blazin'. It's a mid-paced
arrangement full of luminous synth washes and big faltering beats.
Truth-be-told Mr West is not at his best. His rapterlude sounds
positively dull next to Ms Minaj's bright and breezy rhyming.
'Dear Old Nicki' is a curiously elegant confection brimming over
with just the right kind of "told-you-so" confidence and spite.
Final track 'Last Chance' finds Ms Minaje ripping up the lino
with Natasha Bedingfield. The words spin in the air like a manic
cloud of summer swallows. A generously uplifting conclusion.
If 'Pink Friday' is a taste of things to come then I'm
already hungry for the next course. Bring it on! Soon!!
Bold, brash and maddeningly addictive.