Nicki Minaj has finally released her anticipated sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and the 19-track LP was crafted with the intent to satisfy both her hip-hop fan base and her legion of loyal Barbz. The first half the album boasts rap songs with features from Nas, Young Jeezy, Drake, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, while the second half includes dance-pop tracks such as “Starships” and “Pound The Alarm.” With so many songs to choose from–what’s your favorite? Hit the poll below to cast your vote.
Roman Reloaded has more rap features than her 2010 debut: 2 Chainz shows up for “Beez in the Trap” and Wayne appears twice, once on the title track and then again on “Sex in the Lounge.” Nicki then gives the hood some inspiration with Nas, Drake and Young Jeezy in tow on the uplifting “Champion,” but shortly after that, the bipolar LP takes a sharp turn. Rather than mix hip-hop with her ever-growing pop sensibilities, Nicki presents Roman Reloaded as a two-parter.
RedOne’s pulsating sound dominates on the Harajuku Barbie’s current top 10 single “Starships” and continues for five songs straight — the sequencing is not coincidental. “Pound the Alarm” is an adrenaline-laced fist-pumper, and “Whip It” proves that the reigning rap queen picked up quite a few tricks touring alongside Britney Spears last year.
Over the course of 19 tracks, the Barbs should find a song to suit their every mood.
To celebrate Tuesday’s (April 3) release of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, we will be examining the “Evolution of Nicki Minaj” throughout the week. Check MTV News every day to see how the Southside Jamaica, Queens, Barbie went from a promising mixtape standout to rap’s reigning queen.