Monday, November 29, 2010
Nicki Minaj is Pretty in "Pink"
Originally scheduled to drop on Black Friday to tie in with her "Pink Friday" title, Nicki Minaj's debut album arrived in stores a week ago from today, Monday, November 22. While Tuesday is the designated day for CDs/DVDs to be released, Minaj found a way... yet again... to think outside the box and show how different she is. Releasing it on a Monday. Get it, girl.
The CD has been out for a week now, and the reviews are in. A lot of people are giving it luke warm (at best) reviews, and I get it. But do I agree? Of course not.
The biggest criticism of the album is that it is filled with slow, ballad-like songs, and Nicki doesn't show the side of her we've all come to love. While it's true that "Pink Friday" doesn't seem like it's coming from the same crazy bitch that brought us the verses in Kanye's "Monster" or Ludacris's "My Chick Bad," it's still an unfair critique. Why? Because Nicki is a self proclaimed Barbie, and she is showing us another role that she can slip into. Why can Barbie have so many sides - teacher, figure skater, astronaut, actress, socialite, President of the United States - but Nicki has to keep up appearances as "Crazy Bitch Nicki" 100%?
Yes, I like Nicki the best when she's slipping into British accents and threatening people's lives (as she does in "Roman's Revenge" with Eminem), but I can also appreciate her mellow, toned down raps, as well. In fact, two of the slowest songs on the album, "Fly" featuring Rihanna and "Save Me" are two of my favorite tracks.
No, it's not as good as some of the other albums that have been released recently... (Will anything beat Kanye's? I'm not sure.), but it's better than some of the other ones out there (Taylor & Rihanna, I love your work... but I'm talking to you.) In interviews, Nicki said that she wanted this album to be for everyone, and it shows. "Crazy Bitch Nicki" makes an appearance for a song or two, but there's also some pop vibes and ballads... Not one song sounds like any other song on the CD, and some other artists out there right now can't really say the same thing about their albums.
As we've all seen before, Nicki KILLS it when she is working with others. If I were her kindergarten teacher, I would give this girl an "A+" under "Plays Well With Others." I've already mentioned "Monster" and "My Chick Bad," but she's torn up so many other tracks this year with so many other artists. Willow Smith, Usher, Jay Sean, Trey Songz. And it shows in her album, as well. Her best tracks are those featuring other artists - from previously mentioned Eminem and Rihanna to Will.i.am, Drake, and Kanye... the gang's all here, and they are WORKIN' IT.
Would I prefer Nicki's next album to be the one everyone expected? "Crazy Nicki" going bonkers and spitting rhymes in different accents? Obviously. But until then, I'll have "Pink Friday" on repeat.