There can be no denying the female MC’s takeover of the music scene since famously signing to Young Money Records under meeting the two greatest insirations to her music, Drizzy and Weezy. The public often gives the star behind hit single “Super Bass” a lot of bad press because she commercialised her sound and began to create mainstream music, however, to say that Nicki has abandoned her MC roots would be a false accusation. After working with Drake on Moment For Life, Kanye West on Monster and a whole host of urban artists, not every song Nicki makes has to sound like Guetta “Turn Me On“.
For this reason, Roman Reloaded can only be described as an album made in three parts to match three of her aliases. The first four tracks of the album, Nicki unleashes Roman Zolanski, her alter-ego twin brother who makes the crunk, West Coast sounding hip-hop sounds that unfortunately let this album down. The second portion of the album reminds listeners why she’s known as Queen Nicki because she unites some of R&B’s best acts including Chris Brown, Bobby V and Drake. The final part of the album appeals to the masses; from the clubs to the radio stations to teenage girls and above all to global music sales. With four productions from Red One, this part of the album will be overplayed before you know it because this side of Nicki is known as Barbie. For example, Starships needs no introduction, and in a short space of time, Automatic, Whip It and Pound The Alarm could easily match it’s success. We also get to see how Nicki has been inspired by the late Marilyn Monroe and dedicates a song to her….
“If you can’t handle me at my worse, then you ain’t getting my best. This is must be how Marilyn Monroe feels”
However, the true Onika Minaj comes out on a couple of stand out tracks, from smooth R&B cuts like “Right By My Side” with Chris Brown to the deep reflectiveness of “Champion” and love making songs like “Sex In The Lounge” featuring Bobby V and Lil Wayne . This is a side of Nicki that we want to keep seeing, we saw it on Pink Friday the debut album with Right Thru Me, and finally we hear it again on Fire Burns, a really unique Nicki Minaj song. Special mention should also go to the Beenie Man assisted track “Gun Shot” because there simply isn’t enough reggae influence in the current urban music trends.The recently released “Stupid Hoe” takes digs at fellow female rapper Lil Kim in a not so subtle manner. Nicki even goes so far as to impersonate her in the video wearing a blonde wig.
Video stills have already hit the interwebs for Starships, but it would be interesting to see a video from Chris Brown and Nicki as they wouldn’t be able to recreate an on screen romance like Drake in Moment For Life, it wouldn’t fit their dynamic. Overall, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is album that will be judged very quickly beacause of it’s three sides to much critique more than praise. My advice would be to listen to the side that appeals to you as a listener more and let the other tracks grow on you. Whilst Guetta has certainly transformed the music industry into a clubber’s delight, the Young Money crew will do their best to stop it completely wiping out urban music.