Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Half rapping and half singing, half bragging and half kowtowing, brazening a "punt" rhyme here and proclaiming commonality with "girls that never thought they could win" there, she's proud to be shameless, with the hooks to back it up.
  2. 83
    Rap's first lady may never get the appreciation brashly expected from the aforementioned she. But Minaj has certainly earned it here.
  3. Apr 12, 2011
    Jamaica Queen;s potty-mouth hits rap home run on brutally enjoyable debut. [Feb. 2011, p. 105]
  4. Dec 9, 2010
    No matter how many boasts and taunts she drops, it's clear Minaj is proud of how far she's come.
  5. One hopes that with the confidence this record brings, she'll take a more permanent seat at hip-hop's high table. Because when she's at her best, she's the bestest there is.
  6. On the heels of the brilliant My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the misunderstood Recovery Minaj follows in style by putting out an album interested in both hip hop and music that simply sounds great.
  7. 75
    Pink Friday shows Minaj is on the cusp - considering her facility with accents, she could be the perfect person to find a new patois, one that's built of separate musical languages but without breaking any of them down.
  8. Jan 13, 2011
    Pink Friday was one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2010, largely due to curiosity. The reality is that it could have never lived up to the hype it prematurely received. Still, there's room for growth, and Nicki Minaj has both the skills and the following to keep moving up.
  9. Dec 16, 2010
    For whatever reason, though, the voices in her own head aren't strong enough to out-sway input from others, leading to a few unimpressive moments in the LP.
  10. Dec 9, 2010
    It's not everyone who can give Slim Shady a run for his money, but Minaj more than holds her own here, sounding both menacing and cartoon-like and even dropping into an approximation of a cockney accent at one point.
  11. Dec 9, 2010
    In the end, Pink Friday is an ambitious, glossy stunner if fashion week is your favorite time of year, but Minaj didn't earn her diva status this way.
  12. Dec 9, 2010
    On Pink Friday, the year's most anticipated hip-hop debut, she's already rapping about the superstar life.
  13. Dec 9, 2010
    Rap's most hotly anticipated debut works best if you don't think of it as a rap album at all.
  14. Dec 9, 2010
    Pink Friday isn't a classic by any means, then, but when Nicki Minaj is on fire nobody in hip hop – male or female – can extinguish her bright-burning talents.
  15. Dec 9, 2010
    Reinforcing the notion that all female MCs must also sing, Minaj spends half of the album crooning, and while her singing isn't bad, it's dialed into that radio-friendly sweet spot so aggressively that it loses all distinction.
  16. Dec 9, 2010
    The gulf between Minaj's public persona and her music here reminds me of the criticism laid at the feet of Lady Gaga -- that for all of her high-culture namedropping, wearable art, and big event videos, Gaga's music rarely reflects the full range of her conceptual constructions.
  17. Dec 9, 2010
    Pink Friday, while certainly far from profound, is neatly rooted in predictability and vulgarity. But then again, would we have Minaj any other way?
  18. 63
    There's nothing particularly wrong with what Minaj has given us - her pipes are worthy of wide-ranging pop stardom - but the album is a misallocation of the talent and quirk that thrust her into the spotlight in the first place.
  19. Sep 19, 2012
    Her split personality makes for an oddly polarised debut. [Feb 2011, p.84]
  20. Dec 15, 2010
    Living up to expectations is tough, especially ones as high as those that have been hovering over Minaj throughout 2010. But it's hard to see who actually wanted to hear a record like this, stripped of curiosities and bombast, that leaves the biggest talent in hip hop with more to prove than ever.
  21. Dec 9, 2010
    It's this seeming lack of confidence, contradictory to the poise she shows elsewhere, which identifies the problems with Pink Friday, an often wobbly first effort that shows enormous promise.
  22. Dec 9, 2010
    You're left with an album that's nearly fantastic, the frustrating sound of an artist who can't work out whether she should go her own way or try and fit in with the crowd, even when the right answer is staring her in the face.
  23. Dec 9, 2010
    Pink Friday wins merely on points, rather than the knockout punch it should have been.
  24. Dec 21, 2010
    Pink Friday lives or dies on Minaj's ability to fully embody all of the various personas she toys with, the singer, the rapper, the lover, the fighter, the tomboy, the girly girl, the big sister, the bitch. But she isn't always engaging, and she doesn't always sound at home with this material.
  25. Aug 2, 2011
    Pink Friday is full of boring....the most confounding thing about Pink Friday is that it lacks style, lacks weirdness, whatever your opinions of how deeply that weirdness goes.
  26. Jan 5, 2011
    Pink Friday is a real shame, albeit a very well-marketed one, and since it's found its niche, it's no surprise the album was a fair success for Minaj.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 63
  2. Negative: 12 out of 63
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    Most of the songs are bad auto-tuned and she seems to be an attention seeker/Gaga wannabe. The only good fact about "Pink Friday" is that the songs are really catchy and well-produced. Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2011
    I am a longtime hater of the music industry. Niki, do us a favor, and stop rapping, its not your thing! And on that one song, get rid of the ugly ass autotune. Full Review »
  3. Nov 26, 2010
    This was really disappointing for me. A lot of the lines are really dumb and not nearly as witty as the ones she rapped on other people's songs. Plus she uses the hashtag style WAY TOO MUCH. These pop songs are really mediocre and if it weren't for Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West, this album would be a disaster. Drake and Kanye provide the highest points on the album and they're not even at their best. I'm really hoping that Nicki works with better producers for her next album. She has the talent, but this album doesn't display it at all. Full Review »