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Monday, November 22, 2010

PINK FRIDAY Review: Oh, Darling Nicki. Where Are You?

Where is the real Nicki Minaj?

You know, the one from the popular features, like the "Monster" verse? Or the one from "Itty Bitty Piggy?" Or even the one from the "Hello Good Morning or "Lil Freak" remixes?"

Where's the chick that had the club rockin' to "I Get Crazy?" Or the artist who had her "Barbz" reciting all the words to her verse on "5 Star Chick?"

I'm just wondering because she certainly didn't show up on her debut album, "Pink Friday," that was released today.

Aside from the Lil' Kim diss record, "Roman's Revenge," the album is a huge disappointment that lacks everything people really enjoyed about the Queens rapstress. Where's the rah-rah-rah in-your-face lyricist that commands the attention of any crowd? After the third track, "Did It On'em," the whole album goes south.

The over-the-top animated verses that featured multiple voice changes seemed to have been kept a minimum, and instead swapped with pointless pop singing. "Right Through Me," "Save Me" and "Your Love" are just a few prime examples. I understand the importance of connecting with a mainstream crowd, but this is a joke. People liked those bizarre animated voices - "then I press the little button on the sit back chair!"

I guess the sit back chair went back, and Nicki took a nap on this album.

The highly-anticipated album features top-billing artists, including Rihanna, who sings the sappy chorus on the subpar, "Fly." I think Rihanna wisely snagged the better song ("Raining Men" feat. Minaj) for her own album.

That's not the only bad feature. "Check It Out" features will.i.am, who tried to create some Black Eyed Peas-style magic for the self-proclaimed Harajuku Barbie. Instead, he created an amazingly cheesy and annoying song that not even Fergie would hum in the shower.

Minaj's Young Money labelmate Drake comes to the rescue on "Moment 4 Life," and Kanye West returns the "Monster" favor by appearing on "Blazin," two of few bright spots on the album. Hard to go wrong when you throw Kanye or Drake on a track.

The big surprise is just how mellow the album is. It just doesn't have the edge to match her wacky persona. Definitely not what I would have expected from the 13-track debut from one of the most charismatic rappers in the game. And certainly wouldn't expect a pop collabo with Natasha Bedingfield on "Last Chance!?" Save that for her album, not your debut!

If you get the deluxe edition, you will pick up some decent bonus tracks. But the damage is done.

I'm sure there was a lot of music recorded for this release. How they decided on these 13 tracks? I'll never know. Obviously, there was plenty of bad decision making. Just like the decision making that resulted in "Massive Attack" being her first single. See how well that worked out? The song was a massive failure and didn't even make the final cut.

Sorry, five star chick - your album is barely a two-and-a-half, even if it's not all your fault.

1 comment:

Lori said...

Thanks for this review, Feenz! I haven't gotten the album yet, but you painted a very vivid picture about what Nicki's album is versus what the world would expect from her.

I'm disappointed that the animated character that I like is hardly alive on her debut album. I had a feeling her album wouldn't match up with what we got from her all this time!!! With that said, is she writing her own verses???