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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded


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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, like a Whitman's Sampler, has something chewy for everyone.

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If you believe that art and commerce and provocation and fun ? and hip- hop and disco and teen pop ? can all be one and the same, here's a record for you.

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The Guardian: 

You can see Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded as a great rap album dragged down by pandering, but you could equally see it as a triumph that one of the biggest pop records of the year leads off with a half-dozen tracks of blistering, filthy, idea-jammed hip-hop.

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It may not be a definitive knockout punch, but she can keep her title.

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Paste Magazine: 

Minaj is at her best-at her most compelling, most ingenious, most human-when she indulges every weird mannerism that comes into her busy brain.

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On all of these songs, Nicki is dartboard focused-- she's rapping harder here than on almost anything from Pink Friday... But much of Roman Reloaded sweats with a too-big-to-fail desperation.

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The result is a disjointed, artistically confused release that's not only way too long but also doesn't really ring true as an "album" at all, at least if your definition is a collection of new songs with a central premise or statement that one listens to from start to finish.

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By doubling down on her cartoonish elements, she's lost all remnants of lyrical ingenuity she around the time "Monster" first leaked, let alone her various mixtapes.

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