Pink Friday

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Clever at times, but way too crass and violent for kids.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

Song "Did It on Em" uses bowels, yes bowels, as an act of revenge. She says "Yeah, I just s--ted on 'em at least 15 times," and even prompts fans to stick their "number 2's" in the air. In addition, there's a lot of talk about money and fame that sends a negative message.  Although Minaj bites back at her critics and rivals in some of her songs, there's a sense of pride and strength in her that is somewhat hopeful. 

 

Positive role models & representations

The fact that Minaj tries to avoid explicit sexual references in her music, unlike many hip-hop artists, is admirable, as is her status as a "femcee" in a highly male-dominated genre. But her use of crass language and emphasis on money and fame isn't something parents would want their kids to emulate.

Violence

There are many references to violence and physical aggression: "Every last woman on Earth, I'll kill you off, and I still wouldn't f--k you." and "Bitches ain't got it in 'em, I kill 'em and then I skin 'em"

 

 

Sex

Nothing overly sexual or graphic; some minor innuendo.

Language

Lots of language that is inappropriate for kids, such as the n-word, slurs for homosexuals, "motherf----r," "c--t," "bitches," etc.

Consumerism

References to movies and celebs and brands such as BMW, Jimmy Choo, Disney.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Doesn't dwell on partying or drinking, but mentions drugs (such as heroin and weed) and pill-popping as well as alcoholic drinks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nicki Minaj is being hailed as the new "Queen of Hip-Hop." Her debut album features heavy hitters such as Eminem, Kanye West, will.i.am, Rihanna, and Natasha Bedingfield, and although there isn't a lot of sex in her music, there's still a lot of vulgar language, cockiness, and vengeful lyrics that are not appropriate for kids or young teens. There are also a few references to drugs, alcohol, and graphic violence. One song is about defecating as an act of revenge.

User Reviews

Adult Written byDean-Monroe January 23, 2011

Pink Friday is amazing.

Nicki Minaj has become a true role model for anyone who was told that they can't make it. Even though her lyrics include harsh words, words are just words... Continue reading
Adult Written byMartin_Canine March 28, 2015

Refreshing mix of rap and pop; the usual hip hop profanity

Nicki Minaj is a phenomenon. She has that special ability of appealing to both the hip hop heads as well as the lovers of catchy pop, which is in fact a rare co... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLadyGaGa96 February 6, 2011

Perfect for 13+

I personally love this cd. And I'm 14. Me and mom listen to this cd in the car and she's fine with it. Just get the clean version. Songs like "Fl... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2012

Good

I am 12, and i bought both albums. I listened to it today, and it was REALLY GOOD. The only inapropriate song is mainly " I did it on 'em", which... Continue reading

What's the story?

PINK FRIDAY is the highly-anticipated debut album of rising "femcee" and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj. Featuring Eminem, Kanye West, will.i.am, Rhianna, Natasha Bedingfield, and Drake, the album includes 13 tracks and a digital booklet. Although there's a parental advisory warning, an edited version is also available.

Is it any good?

With all the hype surrounding Nicki Minaj and her alliances with stars like Eminem, Kanye West, and will.i.am, you'd think this album would blow your mind and solidify Minaj's place as the new "Queen of Hip-Hop." There are glimpses of her talent for biting words and wit in "Roman's Revenge" and "Blazin." "Dear Old Nicki" plays on the multiple personalities of Minaj, but overall the album tries to do too many different things and please too many people. "Check it Out" is catchy, but hardly the material of a hardcore "femcee." Much of the album is synth-pop with dragging melodies. Still, Minaj proves that she could be a new fem-force to reckon with in the genres of rap and hip-hop; hopefully she will continue to find her voice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Minaj uses a lot of bad language and isn't afraid to pick fights and fire back at critics. Do you think that it's necessary for a hip-hop artist to use curse words and rap about vulgar and violent things to be successful?

  • Several big-name musicians are featured on this album. Does this fact alone make you more or less inclined to purchase this CD? Do you think it makes a difference? Would you buy the album if it were just Nicki Minaj singing on it?

  • Is Nicki Minaj a role model? Why or why not?

Music details

For kids who love hip-hop

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