A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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?
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