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Minaj delivers bigger, better ‘Pink Friday’

Nicki Minaj revamped her sophomore album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, with additional songs and bonus material, including DVD, for her fans with “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded- -The Re-Up.”

The album has already shown interest in the media with her single “Freedom” and “Va Va Voom” which was released earlier in October.

The entire album was released on Nov.19, portraying a Nicki Minaj that her fans missed. The eight additional tracks feature a variety of other rap artists from Tyga to Ciara.

The first track, “Up in Flames”, starts the album off with a hard attitude that Minaj usually portrays.  Although the song is not a total favorite for me, the track sets the mood for the rest of the songs.

“Freedom”, the second track, shows religious themes not only in Minaj’s lyrics but in the track’s music video as well. Her lyrics are tougher in the song, but the song is softened by the chorus as well as other choral elements towards the end of the track.

The third track, “Hell Yeah”, featuring Parker, isn’t a favorite of mine– but let me explain. The song has too much going on, including the annoying chorus that Parker sings. Minaj did great on the track, so I don’t think Parker’s part was completely necessary.

The track featuring Ciara, “I’m Legit”, has an erratic flow compared to the other tracks on the addition. Although I am not a fan of Ciara’s chorus, Minaj’s dropped beat brings a crazy good element to the song, one of my favorites by far.

“I Endorse These Strippers”, featuring Tyga and Thomas Brinx, is an interesting song. The beat is sick, but I don’t favor Minaj in this track. Tyga’s and Brinx’s verses are what make the song.

The seventh track, “The Boys”, featuring Cassie, is my favorite song on the additional tracks. The bridge sung by Cassie adds a great musical element to the song. Both verses from Minaj and Cassie flow well with the entire track–overall a great collaboration!

“High School”, featuring Lil Wayne, has a great beat line as well as a balance of rapping from both Minaj and Wayne.  Wayne’s feature occurs during the middle of the track and flows nicely. As a fan of both artists, the song is a favorite.

“Va Va Voom” finishes the new tracks on “The Re-Up” addition to “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” The track is a bit more pop dance party than Minaj’s other tracks. The music video for “Va Va Voom” was released Oct. 27 and has been viewed over 13 million times on YouTube.

Overall I enjoyed the new additions to Minaj’s previous album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”

“The Re-Up” shows the multiple musical sides Minaj is capable of while bringing back her tougher material through verses. I give the album 4 out of 5.

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