Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Artist: Nicki Minaj
Album: Pink Friday
Release date: November 19, 2010
Record label: , ,

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday (Review & Overview)

The new Queen has arrived, It’s been almost 10 years since a new female rapper has exploded onto the scene the way Nicki Minaj has, and 7 years since a female rapper has had a number 1 record on Billboards. If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a month then you already know I’m a big co-signer of Nicki Ninaj (borderline obsessed) and just like Drake this site was one of the first to cover her, I”ll try to be unbiased as possible and stick to what’s fact.

It’s easy to say Nicki Minaj is the best female rapper alive at the moment, or that she is the Queen of Hip Hop. It’s easy to say those things because she doesn’t have any competition at the moment. The real question is, how good of a Hip Hop album is Pink Friday?

Lyrically the album is far above average compared to other album releases these days, on songs like “Roman’s Revenge” and “Blazin” she clearly displays that she possesses the lyrical prowess to hang with the likes of Kanye West and Eminem. She also shows off her song making abilities on “Save Me,” the only record on the album that’s considered to be on the R&B side. She then switches gears to the Pop side of things with “Check It Out” featuring will.i.am and still maintains enough Hip Hop for the record to be edgy.

“Dear Old Nicki” was a interesting record which was pretty much a open letter to the old Nicki Minaj, the one that most of her new fans are not aware of. I judge how good a album is by how many songs I skip, how many I play back, and how many times I play the album overall. The only track that didn’t make my favorites list was “I’m The Best” just for the simple fact that I didn’t really like the hook or the beat for that matter, but bars were on point. Apart from that this album has no fillers, it plays right through and the only songs your going to be skipping are the ones that have already been on the radio for months.

I’m already addicted songs like “Moment 4 Life,” “Blazin,” “Roman’s Revenge” and “Fly” and I’ve already played those specific songs back at least 50 times.

I enjoyed the album throughly, and will definitely be playing it for the rest of the year. I’m not sure if I’d label it a classic.

In conclusion this is a solid album from the new Queen of Hip Hop, and like she said you either love it or get over it.

I give it 4/5, leave your reviews and ratings below.

Digital Booklet, Artwork + Extras

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday Tracklist

  1. “I’m the Best”
  2. “Roman’s Revenge” feat. Eminem
  3. “Did It On’em”
  4. “Right Thru Me”
  5. “Fly” feat. Rihanna
  6. “Save Me”
  7. “Moment 4 Life” feat. Drake
  8. “Check It Out” feat. will.i.am
  9. “Blazin’” feat. Kanye West
  10. “Here I Am”
  11. “Dear Old Nicki”
  12. “Your Love”
  13. “Last Chance” feat. Natasha Bedingfield
  14. “Super Bass”
  15. “Blow Ya Mind”
  16. “Muny”
  17. “Girls Fall Like Dominoes” (iTunes Bonus)

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  • 29 comments
    Neisha G
    Neisha G

    True talent?? Anyone can say words that someone else wrote over a beat. SHIT my 6 yr old niece can do that shit lol.. Real talk when SHE start writing her own shit, then I MIGHT give her another chance.. I'm tired of female rappers spittin shit they dont write. What good are they? Honestly what talent does she have besides showin ass and titties?? Lol Fuck outta here.

    Zavious
    Zavious

    For one... there is no one is the female rap industry that pause Nicki's career. Pink Friday is just an introduction to what she has to offer to the rap game. I think everybody wanted Nicki Minaj to go hood and she calmed it down for everyone. I am not knocking anyone's hustle but Lil Kim had her shine and it is time for her to pass the thrown down even though I never agreed that she had it. Laureyn Hill is not the best female artist and she will never be, MC Lyte will always be the best female artist.

    dedee
    dedee

    HATERZ HATERZ HATERZ. NICKI MINAJ HAS TRUE TALENT.SHE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST CELEB OF OUR TIME. SO FUCK LIL KIM CUZ WE ALL KNOW THAT BITCH DON'T GOT NO TALENT AT ALL! SO GIVE IT A FUCKING REST....LIL KIM WAS NEVER THE QUEEN TO ME. LAUREN HILL IS WAS OKAY AND SOME STUPID BITCH NAME KEYS....WELL...SHE NOT EVEN IN THIS FUCKING SUBJECT. NICKI MINAJ IS THE FUCKING BEST OF THE BESTEST! #TeamMinajHoe!

    Lala
    Lala

    Also, if you haven't listened to her bonus tracks, fall back. Her album is amazing. <3

    Smooth Criminal
    Smooth Criminal

    this page is full of fucking Nicki Minaj haters,don't be claming it,s just an oppinion, 98% of you are fucking haters you all sick my fucking stomach, no wonder must of us blacks are at the bottom of the fucking barrel like crabs,when one tries to make it out we just jump on it,s back and pull it right back in,we all want perfection and there isn't such a thing,she isn't perfect but she is doing her thing,the only female in the game right now,rother you all like it are not she is opening the door more for other females to come in the game like the ones before her did for her, am off this shit enough said.

    Almighty
    Almighty

    Don't have to say you ain't hatin'. If you don't like it you don't like it. And Wayne and T.I. aren't that great. Mike, you're just easily impressed. Nicki can flow but her lyrics and beats are wack. Just like all music from the past 6 years. She's trying to use a formula that's playing out. Plus, the people have to anoint you. No one anointed Nicki. She is the self-proclaimed queen.

    Ronetta
    Ronetta

    So I'll say this first, my feeling on her and her album r so far from hate. I just don't really like her music. Just cuz her and the whole cmymb r supposed to be what's hot right now doesn't mean I'm gonna all in line. I can't knock her hustle but to me, nothin that I have heard from her moves me. I don't wanna hear more from her, I'm just not interested. I think that it is pretty clear that niggas help her write, they all sound the same, if u actually listen real closely to what Drake and Wayne and all them say, their metaphors r brilliant, I'll give em that but it is Like they r all coming from the same mind. As far as Lauryn Hill is concerned, just cuz u don't have music out doesnt make her any leas of an artist. MJ didn't have music out for a while and is still considered the King of Pop, I'm not comparing the two, just using him as an example. Just cuz there is a space that needs to be filled doesn't mean I'm gonna accept any old person who is mediocre at best, I like real music, music that I can bump to at any time, and since we've been talking about her, I can listen to the miseducation anytime, anyday, hands down.

    Mike
    Mike

    The Best Rappers Actually Have Somethin To Talk About Like The Late Great Pac And Biggie And The Ones Today Like Eminem, Kanye And T.I. And While Punchline Rap Is All Good It Dont Make The Best Rapper But It Seems Punchline Rap Is Whats Trendin When Ppl Like Waka Flocka And Gucci Mane Is Gettin Prop... Punchline Rap Aint Really Bout Anything And Really Has Never Has Nothin To Do Wit A Makin Sense As Far As Song Titles Go. As Far A Nicki Minaj Goes Her Punchlines Is Just As Good As Wayne And Drakes So How Can Anyone Say Nicki Minaj Is Not One Of The Best Punchline Rappers Out There... Honestly If U Dont Like Punchline Rap Dont Listen Or Dickride Any Rapper Out There Doin Punchlines...

    Almighty
    Almighty

    To Diesel, You don't lose your crown because you haven't made an album. You have to be dethroned first. Get it right!!

    Kema
    Kema

    First of all, Nicki is nowhere near even being crowned the Servant of hip hop, let alone queen. And Pink Friday for that matter can hardly be called hip hop. Like yall said, the title belongs to Lauryn Hill. Ask yourself, ten years from now yall still goin be listenin to Lauryn Hill's music. We won't be listenin to Pink Friday after 2 weeks from now. The album was put together horribly and she chose all the wrong beats. Kim was raw on her first album and Nicki's first can't compare at all. Also, she copping out with these one word punchlines and rhymes. Mediocre is an overstatement. She needs work. She's a good feature artist but a lyricist she is not. All these people dickriding and not even listenin to her words which make no sense...

    Diesel
    Diesel

    Album Is Kool... Nothin Bad And The Song That Stand Out Is Roman's Revenge I Can Play The Whole Album Thru Without Skippin A Song Its A 4 But I Expect More... Lil Kim Need To Shut Up Though

    Mista31
    Mista31

    Lauryn Hill? Please stop. Maybe a few years ago, but right now it's not evern close. I bought the album and I loved it. choze I agree with you, lyrically she is definitely on point and to her credit she's very entertaining at the same time; which your favorite "lyrical" rapper has trouble achieving. Who cares what title you give her, Queen, "Baddest B!tch", whatever, without a title she's fantastic. I hope she keeps on going for a long time.

    NotfeelingIt
    NotfeelingIt

    LOL @ Yal crowning her the Queen of Hip Hop! Sorry Nicki is nowhere near being the Queen. That title belongs to Lauryn Hill. People can complain about Lauryn Hill's music all they want but anything she puts out now is better than this album. i am very diappointed with Pink Friday. First Nicki takes Kim style, image, and flow then tries to do a Lauryn Hill with her album and failed.....SMH. She better hope another female doesn't come up anytime soon or this will be a big blow for her career. This is not a memorable album like the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Hardcare, Ill NaNa, Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Supa Dupa Fly, etc you get it? Very forgettble album. If no one steps up to challenge, she will have time to recover. But she has not earned the title Queen. She is a collab wh0re, nothing mor to here. Her mixtapes are better than this.

    DaReaLeST1
    DaReaLeST1

    WOW! I have always said that Lil' Nick has the potential lyrical flow. But i gotta agree Ronetta on the real,her songs make no sense. Lets get off her being the Queen of Hip hop, & the whole Lil' Kim thing. Nicki has even said herself she is not a rapper but a song maker, so now shes coming for beyonce, LMAO! just joking. Honestly tho, Nicki has not showed herself to be the queen of anything just a hot artist of the moment. Hip hop...music in generally is a fickle ass business. She definitely has the youth behind her becomes hip hop fans of a certain age cant rock with her for obvious reasons. But the author of this editorial was anything but unbiased and sticking to the facts. Its kind of funny that whenever a new chick comes out she always has to be the new queen or challenge the legacy that lil'kim has creative that lives thru nicki even to this day. Why can't females rock together? Why can't we do a Ladies Night to the next generation? Shout out to Kim! Whiz, Wale, Roscoe, J. Cole, none of these dudes were compared to big, jay, nas, they were just accepted as new artist. Allow the flavor of the month to simmer, if nicki can stand the test of time as Lil Kim as. Then she may have a run at the title. Female rappers will be very slim if there is always gonna be animosity built from The Queen's fans and vice verse. Diddy, and others had a chance to open the that lane with kim nicki trina lola rah & others. Nicki will lives as long as she can, and we can only wait. Its easier when the blueprint has been written out for you.

    MBA
    MBA

    Thus far after two listens, the album is forgettable. I held expectations since I personally think albums as a whole in any genre typically do not live up to what we imagine but nonetheless, the album was played and not a song stuck with me after either listen. She’ll be praised for the Eminem feature but I still consider the best put together song on the album, “Your Love.” Lyrically she has talent and it can’t be denied but as a cohesive project, the album doesn’t come together as it could’ve and in retrospect, based on what people may have imagined, it should’ve been a cohesive project. Overall, the album probably won’t receive another listen but that’s my opinion…others will surely beg to differ. She definitely has a ways to go before being handed any crown when compared to any other female rapper either yesteryear or current. There's no doubt in my mind the intention was there to create a successful display on this album but it fell short upon conclusion. I usually give new albums a listen while working out and also once more while heading to work. During the workout, the listen was completely in the back of my mind and that's not due to distraction of any kind. I've listened to many other albums during a session and it sometimes lowers my intensity since I'm paying so close attention, but that wasn't the case with hers. I was waiting on the edge of my seat per se, for something amazing to hit my ears, but to no avail it didn't happen. It's like sitting in the theater, giving a film a chance to dazzle you and to the very end, the build up left you hanging still waiting for something to occur. You then leave wondering, "what happened?" That's how I felt listening to this album.

    Ronetta
    Ronetta

    I am really sorry but I have a hard time believing that she has stepped her game up that much. Her raps r mediocre at best. When she isn't changing subject every other line, she is repeating the same word 10 times, over 2 bars. I'm not tryna knock anyone's hustle but there r way too many artists out who don't produce a high quality of music and the mindless masses soak it up while that real musically inclined and fitted and just the real fans of music,

    Mike
    Mike

    Lol But If U Not Makin Music Anymore Then Where Are U?? U Want Them To Do A Battle Rap Or Somethin... And U When U Stop Bein Queen U Can Leave The Spot Vacant Which They Did... Get It Right!!

    Mike
    Mike

    Lol Dont Nobody Listen To Lauryn Hill Anymore... U Can Only Crown A Queen In Her Prime And Right Now Thats Nicki Minaj... Her Punchlines Remind Me Of Wayne Who Is The King Of Punchline Who Drakes Even Takes After... Honestly I Cant Tell If U Like Her Or If U Just Hatin

    Diesel
    Diesel

    Oh Yeah And Nicki Is The Queen Cuz No Other Female Is No Where Near Her So Why Debate That!! SMH

    Lala
    Lala

    Sweetheart, do you or do you not realize that this is her FIRST album? When constantly compared to your favorite rappers, with a totally biased approach, of course you're not going to like her. Her style and rapping is TOTALLY different from every other rapper, you can not compare her to the likes of Kim or Hill. She has taken a more modern approach to hip hop. Nicki said it herself "I am not a word, I am not a line, I am not a girl that can ever be defined" stop trying to box her in. Her flow is so versatile, she is able to switch it up. Nicki has talent, no one can deny her of that, to completely disregard and dismiss her as an artist and as a lyricist is nothing short of unfair. Give her a chance before you start completely writing her off.

    Ronetta
    Ronetta

    That is so true. If u look at her, what difference does she bring? She talks about her body and flaunts it like Trina. Thinks she's part girly girl and barbie-like just like diamond, and calls herself tryna sing like lauryn! What has she done? She says nothin of substance although I will say that Wayne and Drake write excellent punchlines for her but when she has 5 Grammys in her arms or goes double platinum then maybe She could be in the hunt or race for the crown but until then, she's just a chick who got picked up by the right nigga, like Dr Phil's wife.

    Ronetta
    Ronetta

    Sorry I couldn't finish but I think she just needs more than WHAT she has done for everyone to be dixkriding. And truth be told, Lauyrn Hill is the best female rapper alive, point blank period. I don't care when her last album was, and she can actually sing too so...

    Kema
    Kema

    Everyone except u listens to lauryn hill still. I'm never hating. I just a realist and the real truth is nicki's rhymes = garbage. U obviously don't understand hip hop roots nor can u appreciate real music. And if nicki is in her prime right now, her career is going to be shorter than my patience for her music. Nicki minaj + pink friday= epic fail with no hope for her ever becoming a real emcee in the future. Beautiful lady but her music, style, rhymes, ability to pick beats, singing ability, and originality are sad

    Shawn
    Shawn

    Yeah But Nicki Has Been Trendin Since The Beam Me Up Scotty Mixtape Which Came Out Like 2-3 Years Ago!! And Have U Heard Nicki Do A Freestyle... He Heard One And It Was Damn Good!! It Almost Sound Like Yall Dont Wanna Give Her A Chance Cuz She Just Came Out Wit Her First Official Album Which Is Good!! Grammy's Mean Nothin To Me They Dont Know Real Hip Hop... But The Spot Is Vacant Since No Other Female Has Came Out Wit Anything And Nicki Is The Only One To Step Up!! And Dont Forget That Kim Was Picked Up By Biggie!! And Dont Say Wayne And Drake Write Her Raps If U Cant Prove It It Only Sounds Like Hate And If U Gonna Hate Why Waste Ya Time Judgin A Album...

    Chozen
    Chozen

    Correction, Lauyrn Hill was the best female rapper alive. Have you heard her new music, it's horrible.

    Ronetta
    Ronetta

    No I haven't heard any of her new music but her last album, the unplugged one, was awesome, raw but awesome nonetheless. Her voice is beautiful when she sings and when she spits, she beats nicki any day in my book. Plus, she writes her own lyrics so...