Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Extra tracks
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Despite the similarity in title to its predecessor, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is in fact an album of entirely new material from the hottest female hip-hop and RnB star to emerge for many years. The album includes the club and chart hit "Starships", along with "Roman Holiday".
Having signed with Young Money, Nicki Minaj rose to prominence through collaborations with the likes of Rihanna and Mariah Carey, and then her own tracks from debut album Pink Friday, including "Your Love", "Check it Out" (featuring will.i.am) and "Moment For Life" (featuring Drake).
This deluxe edition includes a selection of bonus tracks.
All eyes are on Nicki Minaj, and not just on a superficial level. The runaway commercial success of debut album Pink Friday, combined with the New York Times recently labelling her "the most influential female rapper of all time", means her second studio set Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded has some serious scrutiny to face.
Early chatter suggested it was a concept album performed entirely in the guise of Minaj’s gay male alter-ego, Roman Zolanski. And while there’s a definite thread furthering Roman’s narrative, it’s by no means at the forefront – evidently, it’s hard to camouflage a personality as immense and as deafening as Minaj’s.
There’s a sense of flagrant abandon in almost every note of PF: RR. Major-key, tap-along pop sensibilities; disquieting lyrical content; wide-eyed, over-pronounced Valley Girl patter; a reworking of O Come All Ye Faithful; shuddering, skeletal beats. And that’s just the opening track. The album unfolds an immeasurable amalgam of genres and inspirations, all fused together in a diamond-encrusted bubble of futuristic, day-glo hip hop. The energy is palpable, the pace rarely lets up, and personality pervades throughout.
At a heady 19 tracks (all complete efforts, without a clichéd hip hop interlude in sight), a handful of songs do get mislaid along the way – Right by My Side would have drowned amongst its noisier neighbours were it not for the attachment of Chris Brown, while the sluggish Sex in the Lounge barely registers at all.
It’s not a question of volume, though, as many of the other serene numbers stand tall: Young Forever and Marilyn Monroe display the same tender vulnerabilities of breakthrough anthem Your Love, a necessary and successful respite in an album so boastful. But it’s a knowing, tongue-in-cheek boastfulness – one that it’s impossible to begrudge Minaj in light of her accomplishments. And in spite of the overt use of humour – often crude, often puerile, but continually effective – you’re always left with the impression Minaj takes what she does very seriously.
Few artists in Minaj’s position would dare to take risks as bold as this, and yet, it doesn’t feel as though she even sees it as risky – she’s breezily doing her thing, and the weight of whichever labels are bestowed upon her is irrelevant. Whatever the supposed role of Nicki Minaj within the hip hop hierarchy, whatever box she’s pushed into, she’ll have a hard time fitting in. Because, above all else, PF: RR cements her as a truly unique entity.
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Top Customer Reviews
The music which has soundtracked my life has been as varied and chameleonic as I never would have expected.
Having started at 13 with Frank Ifield (...no, why should that embarrass me?!!) and The Tornados, inspiration and excitement has come to me from acts as diverse as Alan Price, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Beach Boys, Love, The Doors, Yes, Genesis, Tangerine Dream, Pat Metheny, Donna Summer, Van der Graaf Generator, Todd Rundgren, Steve Reich, Renaissance, Lush, and many, many others, to give me a wonderful collection of around 9000 records, none of which I regret buying (OK, some were a bit tragic, but they still represent moments in time, and I'd never part with a single one). You'd think by now I'd have heard everything I could ever wish to hear, and had lost my capacity to be impressed.
Prior to Ms Minaj, I had already bought stuff by Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown, so I was familiar with the rap oeuvre. But when I heard about Nicki, and decided to check her out on YouTube, I was absolutely blown away.Read more ›
The tracks that i enjoy are:
Come on a cone
I am your leader
Va Va Voom
Pound the alarm
However all the others I just skip.
but with a very powerful and unusual voice?? I have to say at this point I haven't actualy bought either album, just a selection of five songs that i've heard on radio one, starships, fly, dominoes, super bass, and pound the alarm. Now I'm sure there are a few hard core rappers reading this that are thinking " omg nicki what have you done!!!" ...but rest assured i am nothing if not choosy, and Nicki must have something very special if i've bought rap!!! I'm given to understand she writes her own stuff? ...perhaps that's what it is!
...Anyway I would welcome some comments from a more typical fanbase to explain this new ( for me ) phenomenon!! and also, having dipped my toe in the water, where I might go next??
UPDATE! ....Have now ordered both Pink Friday ( super bass ediion ) and Roman Reloaded. Both from Amazon. Haven't actualy got them yet - ....c'mmon guys, sort it out!!
I love how the album begins with songs from her alter ego Roman Zolanski, Beez In The Trap standing out as one of her singles. Then she gives us a string of unavoidable dance tunes from Starships to Automatic, the beat just doesn't stop and she proves she can do pop just as well as she can rap. To wrap up the album we are blessed with some softer melodies like Marylin Monroe and Young Forever which are reminiscent of last album's Dear Old Nicki and Save Me.
This is a really interesting album and there certainly is something for everyone. Just don't make the mistake of writing it off at the first listen. Leave it for a day, come back to it 'ith an open mind and you will surely enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this Nicki Minaj album its really really good 10/10 she is awesome! Big fan! xPublished 2 months ago by Louise