Monday, December 06, 2010
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
After a couple of much-hyped-about mixtapes, it became clear to everyone with an ear that Nicki Minaj is a very gifted lady, capable of delivering crazily intense and over-the-top performances like an almost natural thing. But with her first proper debut album, she's now confusing everyone, or at least most of music critics, and actually getting more mixed reviews than anything else.
Well, to those less positive reviews I say: you're wrong! Yes, Pink Friday is not (only) a hip-hop album, which could be a shame because Nicki is indeed one of the greatest rappers currently out there, possessing an incendiary attitude that has already given us some legendary results (hear: Kanye West's track Monster and her show-stealing verse). But there's also much more to her than that and Pink Friday actually does us a good service in showcasing so many of her other multiple talents.
So there is, of course, some really awesome leftfield hip-hop moments (Roman's Revenge), but there's also more: from cute midtempo love songs (Your Love) to pure pop gold moments (Check It Out), this album does it all with an impressive range.
Best of all: everything sounds so gleeful, colorful and fresh, while she always seems genuinely excited for doing what she's doing. Result is never less than mind-blowing contagious. (9/10)
Nicki Minaj feat. Eminem - Roman's Revenge (mp3 via Fluxblog)
Nicki Minaj - Your Love (video)