For months folks have been chomping at the bit to get at Pink Friday. Does it live up to the hype? Does anything ever?Minaj comes strong, hard, and quick with tight rhymes paired with poppy techno beats and eighties revival (Simple Minds, Annie Lennox, The Buggles). No doubt, this is a formidable debut worthy of your attention.The album is not without its flaws. Nicki spits power on Roman’s Revenge, but whiny whiteboy Eminem’s tired woman-beating rants drag her down and undermine her credibility. Why ladies like Minaj and Rihanna dim their shine with that misogynistic troll, I’ll never understand.Nicki’s at her best grimy and bass-heavy on Did it on ‘Em, though this moody track isn’t a likely hit single.
“If I had a dick, I would pull it out and piss on ‘em.”
Rihanna does some interesting vocal work on Fly, but I wish these two ball-busters had recorded a track with sharper teeth. Collaboration-heavy Pink Friday also includes moments with will.i.am, Kanye West, and Drake. Occasionally, all this collabo feels like gilding the lily.
Mostly, I’m just grateful for a fierce, uncompromising talent bringing something fresh to the scene. Welcome Miz Minaj.