Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

 
Confusing mix of shocking, vulgar rap & radio-friendly pop.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most of the album is about fame and money, being the best, having sex, putting down others, and partying. "Marilyn Monroe" is about feeling low and lost, but trying to be who you are. "If you can't handle my worst, you ain't gettin' my best. Is this how Marilyn Monroe felt?"

Positive role models

Although Minaj likes to tout her skills, body, and money, it must be said that her status as a female rapper is noteworthy. However, her raunchy lyrics and overconfidence don't add up to a positive female role model.

Violence

In "Roman Reloaded" you hear gun clicks, and the song plays back and forth between violence and sex: "Bang my s--t, bang.... got my middle finger on the trigger, so that it mean f--k a n----a." In "I Am Your Leader" the lyrics are "Look sucka, this is my gun butter.... I bought a couple 9's plus the K's."

 

Sex

Lots of explicit, raunchy, sexual lyrics. "Sex in the Lounge" is obviously about having sex with someone. Lil Wayne shares some very crude lyrics: "I get that p----y wetter than a dirty sewer." Also, "If you wasn't so ugly I'd put my d--k in your face."

 

Language

Lots of bad language, including the "N" word, "bitches", "f--k", "p---y," "d--k," "mother f----r," s--t." Edited version is available.

Consumerism

Minaj drops labels, names, and brands like it's her job: Barbie, Mattel, Grammys, The Vatican, Louis Vuitton, Nintendo, Rolls Royce, Russell Simmons, Rihanna, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Marilyn Monroe, Angelina and Jennifer, and even Oprah.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not a lot of drinking and drugs mentioned, but there are messages about partying and being "high." Also, "cocaine on my tongue" and "fill my glass up a little more."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is very explicit, with lots of vulgar language ("N" word, "bitches", "f--k", "p---y," "d--k," "mother f----r," s--t") and raunchy, sexual lyrics ("I get that p----y wetter than a dirty sewer."). There are references to drugs and drinking as well as some linking of sex and violence. Nicki Minaj also likes to sing about being the best at everything and having lots of money to blow, continually dropping names and labels. The second half of the album becomes more mainstream and pop-friendly, but overall this album is best for older teens and up.

What's the story?

Female super-rapper Nicki Minaj and her sometime alter-ego Roman Polanski come together on the album PINK FRIDAY: ROMAN RELOADED. The 19 tracks include hits like "Starships," "Roman Reloaded," "Stupid Hoe," "Automatic," and "Beautiful Sinner." Chris Brown and Lil' Wayne are some big names featured on the album, which ranges from rap to hip-hop and synth-heavy pop.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

When you start listening to Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, it's typical, shocking Minaj, with the rapper interspersing her attempt at a Cockney accent with punchy lines about fame and money. Minaj is at her best, and sometimes crudest, when she spits raps in tracks like "HOV Lane."  The problem is that halfway through the album, Minaj does a complete 180 and the rest is oversynthesized techno-pop that's meant to be radio-friendly. Tracks like "Starships" and "Pound the Alarm" are catchy and dancefloor ready, but it makes one wonder who Minaj is trying to appeal to. Overall, sex and money rule much of the album, with the ridiculous "Stupid Hoe" being the last song Minaj chooses to leave us with.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that the first half of Minaj's album is mostly hip-hop and rap, with lots of vulgar lyrics and language, but the second half has more radio-friendly techno-pop sounds. Do you think Minaj is trying to appeal to too many people? Do you like the diversity of her music?

  • Do you think it's necessary for a female singer or rapper to push the limits in order to be relevant and/or successful? Does a female rapper need to be raunchy or sexy?

  • Can you think of any female hip-hop/rap stars who are able to stay relevant without being raunchy?

Music details

Artist:Nicki Minaj
Release date:April 3, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Universal Republic
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous March 22, 2013
age 18+
 

Not for Kids. This Whole Album is Rated NC-17.

The NC-17 Sex in the Whole Album.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written bybreatheSWScarolina April 29, 2012
age 18+
 

explicit yet appropriate

I love Nicki Minaj and i know that majority of teenagers have heard of her and or listen to her. She, unlike most rappers, is less raunchy then other rappers such as Lil Wayne and Drake. Her album is very explicit, with curse words in almost every songs. Majority of these words are in a sexual way. If you don't want your teenager to listen to it, it is much understandable, but if you trust your teenager to not say the words, like my parents, you should let them listen to it, but it is your chocie.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byBirthdayCake22 April 13, 2012
age 13+
 

Nicki Minasty!

She speaks of genitals! WRONG-O!
Parent of a 5, 9, 12, and 15 year old Written bypluggedinparent May 8, 2012
age 15+
 

nicki hits a new low..

That's the word that surfaces as I try to get my mind around the songs of Trinidadian-born, Queens-raised singer Nicki Minaj. It's because her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, feels a bit like a musical Frankenstein: an epic, 19-song effort cobbled together with a jarringly unlikely combination of parts. One minute, Nicki's singing from Eminem's Slim Shady songbook, stepping into her violent, mentally unstable and male alter ego, Roman Zolanski. Among other things, Roman likes to kidnap women who offend him and starve them to death in his basement. The next minute, Nicki's a straight-up gangsta rapper, proudly and filthily spitting some of the nastiest, most profane rhymes you've ever not wanted to hear about sex. And then something very strange happens: It's as if Nicki goes backstage and changes outfits. And personalities. Because when she comes out, she's demure and sad as she croons tunes of lost romance and broken hearts that would not sound at all out of place on a Rihanna release. Pro-Social Content "Champion" salutes impoverished, hardworking single mothers. On "Marilyn Monroe," Nicki admits, "I can be selfish," "I'm insecure" and "I make mistakes." Still, she longs for someone to love her despite her imperfections ("Take me or leave me/I'll never be perfect/Believe me, I'm worth it"). She also sings, "Truth is we mess up/Till we get it right/I don't want to end up losing my soul." The chorus of "Right by My Side" includes this romantic sentiment: "I'm not living life if you're not right by my side." Meanwhile, "Young Forever" daydreams fondly about a teenage boyfriend whom Nicki once hoped she'd marry ("I used to think that we'd reunite/I'd be your wife in the real life/I thought you'd come back for me"). And on reggae-tinged "Gun Shot," guest contributor Beenie Man talks about his love for a woman, saying, "You alone/ … You fulfill all of my desires." Objectionable Content The first six tracks, especially, find Nicki unleashing a manic stream of some of the foulest raps I've ever reviewed—a statement I suspect she would take as a compliment. F-words (often paired accusatorily with "mother") and s-words permeate line after line, and some of the songs' titles can't even be repeated here. The hit "Starships," to pick one example out of many, delivers this profane, suggestive phrase nine times: "We're higher than a m‑‑‑‑‑f‑‑‑er." She also appropriates male rappers' disturbing penchant for misogyny, repeatedly dismissing female critics and competitors as "b‑‑ches." And that's just the beginning of the album's problems. "Roman" raps proudly about the dying women in his basement: "This right here make a b‑‑ch die/ … But this what I do when a b‑‑ch breaks off/Ima put her in a dungeon under, under/No, those b‑‑ches ain't eating/They're dying of hunger" (on "Roman Holiday"). Multiple explicit (even pornographic) references to sex, oral sex and masturbation turn up as well. Nicki repeatedly talks about waving her "d‑‑k" in people's faces. Lil Wayne pairs an extraordinarily graphic depiction of oral sex with braggadocio about doing cocaine and smoking marijuana with two women in his bed at the same time. And on "Sex in the Lounge," there's more of the same from him, Nicki and Bobby V. "Beautiful Sinner" is utterly infatuated with a bad boy: "You're a cheat and a liar/But tonight you're everything I desire/You beautiful sinner/I love your wicked heart." Summary Advisory I'd like to be able to believe Nicki Minaj is sincere when she sings, "I don't want to end up losing my soul." But she makes it more than just difficult. It's a whole lot easier to believe her when she starts gushing about her attraction to wickedness. "Beautiful Sinner" goes so far as to compare an unrepentant cad's twisted heart to "a work of art." Then she adds, "I didn't know that bad could look so good/You are the type of bad that feels so good." Suffice it to say it's hard to find the light when you've dedicated your life to running toward night.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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