Nicki Minaj reminds me a lot of Eminem, whether it's the different voices and inflections that she utilizes, the energy or the funny punchlines. Sadly, she's a little too much like Eminem with her first project. Pink Friday is an incredibily ordinary album from an extraordinary talent. Nicki's debut suffers from trying too hard to be pop. She's built enough of a buzz before the album ever dropped so to try so hard for mainstream success is a bit of a mystery as well as crippled the album.
Lots of the songs seemed very plastic and cold. There's a serious lack of energy in way too many of the songs. The fact that we decided to review the Deluxe Edition saved the rating from being worse than it is. This project needed a lot more of the manic Minaj that brings to mind a combo of Eminem, Busta Rhymes & Redman on a Four Loko IV.
I would hope that you'd know the drill for Music Reviews In A Minute by now, but if you don't . . . Dayrell's ratings are in red and mine are in black.
01. I'm The Best: ***/****
02. Roman's Revenge (Featuring Eminem): *****/*****
03. Did It On 'Em: ****/****
04. Right Thru Me: **/***
05. Fly (featuring Rihanna): ***/***
06. Save Me: ***/**
07. Moment 4 Life (Featuring Drake): ***/***
08. Check It Out (Featuring will.i.am): **/***
09. Blazin (Featuring Kanye West): ***/***
10. Here I Am: ***/***
11. Dear Old Nicki: ***/***
12. Your Love: ***/***
13. Last Chance (Featuring Natasha Bedingfield): **/**
14. Super Bass: **/****
15. Blow Ya Mind: ***/***
16. Muny: ***/*****
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