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