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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.


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."



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."



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


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?


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
Label:Universal Republic
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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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 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

Nicki Minasty!

She speaks of genitals! WRONG-O!
Teen, 17 years old Written byevolinag December 9, 2013

Brilliant, varied album is heavy on language and sex.

"Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" marks the beginning of a new Nicki Minaj era. While her first album "Pink Friday" was right to please the fan of pure fun hiphop and RNB, "Roman Reloaded" tries to mess around with different genres and tries out something new. While some of the songs still remain being old-fashioned rap that don't hold back anything, Minaj also likes to show us her skills at making dancable and catchy techno, dance and pop songs. There wasn't such a variety in a record for years. "Starships" sets the tone for pure fun summer mood, while songs like "Beez in the Trap" stick to her roots in crass rap. There are earworms like "Whip It", and some tracks whose synthesizers sound as amazing as they last did in the 1980s, such as on "Beautiful Sinner". Some fans of old Minaj propably won't like the albums more pop-ish songs, whilst new fans won't be all that fascinating by her gangsta rapping, but the album has enough variety to please them both. And if you get the deluxe edition, you get her all-time favourite David Guetta collaboration "Turn Me On" as well. --- Like the first album, Nicki Minaj's second one doesn't hold back any bad words and uses them in a more sexual way this time. F-words are used very frequently and therr are some n- and d-words as well. "Stupid Hoe" is the most extreme track on the album when it comes to language, though it's nothing sexual. Some threats and aggressive lyrics are used as usual in gangsta rap song. There are references to drugs and alcohol.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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