Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Confusing mix of shocking, vulgar rap & radio-friendly pop.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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."

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBirthdayCake22 April 13, 2012

Nicki Minasty!

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

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... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bybreatheSWScarolina April 29, 2012

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 su... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymusicreviewer April 10, 2016

Nicki Minaj

This album has catchy song after catchy song, but that doesn't mean it's appropriate. It cusses and more but if your younger than 14 or whatever nicki... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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For kids who love hip-hop and pop

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