Pink Friday



Clever at times, but way too crass and violent for kids.
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What parents need to know

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

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.


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"




Nothing overly sexual or graphic; some minor innuendo.


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


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.

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,, 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.

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,, 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, 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.

Families can talk 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

Artist:Nicki Minaj
Release date:November 22, 2010
Label:Cash Money Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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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 "Fly" and "I'm the Best" and "dear old nicki" are really good. I think u should give this cd 5 stars.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byLittleMinajWarrior December 16, 2011

Awesome and powerful album, but get clean version! :) LOVE IT

This album is absolutely amazing. I can't think of many words for this. I love it! It's catchy, powerful, embracing, and awesome! I bought the clean version. If you buy that version, it's ON for 9+. My favorites are Roman's Revenge, Did It On Em', and Blow Ya Mind (which is on the deluxe edition). The language in this album (if you choose to get the explicit version) are f**k, sh*t, b*tch, d*mn, a**, hell, p*ss, d**k, p***y, c**t, c**k, h*, sl*t, and t*t. So basically every word, but again, I bought the edited version. This album is great, and from self-esteem songs, to love songs, to songs about enjoying life, you will love this. The only people I know who hate or dislike this are guys, and that's OK. This album is more for girls, but I do know TWO girls who hate this along with Nicki, but they are country girls, so that's their natural excuse. This album is good for dancing to, singing or rapping along with, or anything. It's so fun and so awesome, it makes you feel good about yourself. Self esteem songs like Fly could make you cry, and I'm The Best is about getting through a hard childhood and a bumpy road along life. There are no real sexual messages. And this album is not homosexual, Nicki says that she tells girls they are sexy and beautiful because they need to be told that to show them how special they are. Maybe she shouldn't call them sexy, but oh well, her choice. Nicki is a strong woman, and I respect that. She cares about her fans and children everywhere and wants to get her messages out. This album is clever, and rapid-fire attacking. And by the way, idiots, by "Number 2's in the air" she means HANDS. Are you like really negative or something. I've read lots of your reviews offense, but, you are so stupid! @VOLLEYBALL: How could you ban Roman's Revenge, it's the best song that has ever been created, it's clever. And keep this in mind, crackhead, it is all MADE UP, just a story they came up with for fun.... BACK TO REVIEW: I used to HATE rap before I heard this, now I LOVE RAP MUSIC!!! THANKS NICKI!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byfunky girl March 13, 2011


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