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.