Sunday, 15 April 2012

A Slightly Pinked Off Barb

Released: April 3rd 2012

Like every Nicki Minaj fan, I was excited, no in fact I was beyond excited, I couldn't wait for 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" to drop on the 3rd of April and like a true 'barb' I even wanted to purchase it. But I started reading some reviews of it and realised that it wasn't getting many thumbs up. Like everyone else, yes I'm afraid I'm going to be a little secular on this point but I didn't really like the album as a whole, point blank. It would be a lie if I said I didn't like it entirely because I do like some of the songs, I'll expand on that a little more throughout this post.

Firstly though, I dislike the fact that Nicki Minaj has fallen into the commercialised trap that many of these artists seems to been falling for nowadays, I guess when these celebs see the never ending zeros on the end of a check; they all fall to their knees (no pun intended). I must say that I am disappointed, very disappointed.
I looked forward to the album so much because I loved 'Pink Friday' but in comparison to the Nicki Minaj that voiced it, let's just say maybe 'Roman Reloaded' was just an impersonator with a few catchy lines. I'm not trying to be disrespectful, I'm merely just expressing my opinion.

On the contrary, some of the songs are catchy and I do enjoy them. My favourites are 'Stupid hoe' (caption to the right) only because I love the beat and even though it is literally about two lines that are mostly repeated throughout the whole song, I can't help but moving to it. I am guilty. 'I am your leader', I like how she came on the first part of the song, that's the Nicki that I like. And I actually love 'Marilyn Manroe' but I think there are some subliminal messages behind it, people may just see it as just another song but if you actually listen to the words she says she's "caught in a curse" and at another point she says "I don't want to end up loosing my soul". I think it's my overall favourite song out of the entire album. Other song songs that I like are, 'Champion', 'Roman Reloaded' also one of my overall favourites and finally 'Beez in the trap'.
The album starts of with a slightly raw Nicki Minaj, then it goes into a more commercialised dance/pop Nicki. My guess is that she's trying to reach out to a wider audience, that's understandable in a way but I still expected a lot more from this album. I thought she was really going to unleash Roman and go hard like she did on 'Did it on em' and 'Roman's revenge' but I guess not. It's all about show biz and whatever ways they can rake in more money, then that's whats' got to be done.

Although I am not too keen on 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded', that doesn't mean I'm going to stop listening to Nicki because in all honesty, she may be trying too hard to be different or letting the media bend her in whatever direction they want to, but at the end of they day; I still think she's an inspiration. She may not be the best role model for children and maybe deemed a sell out because she's switched up her game but truth be told she's made history and a name for herself. If you've been following Nicki for a few years now and I must admit that I'm not expert or a fanatic but at one point she did say that if she didn't get signed to Young Money; she would have had a pop deal. So really that kind of explains why she has diverted down that route a little bit, I just hope she doesn't plan on staying down there for long.
Question: If you could sing as well as rap, wouldn't you like to converge and try out other areas of music as well? I know I said I was disappointed with her album, which I am, but I understand an ounce of where she's coming from. No, I'm not an expert and no, I don't know what it's like being a star but anyone with sense would know that it's all in the name of show biz, as well as expanding and experimenting.

I think I'm going to leave it at that, as I have babbled on for quite some time. So to conclude I will just say that, the album is worth a listen to because your opinions may differ from mine and I'm still a barb, just a slightly disappointed one.

Note: I just thought I'd get that off my chest. Do have a listen to the album and be the judge for yourself. Feel free to leave comments, good or bad. Thanks for reading. Tanny xx. 

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