Pink Friday

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  • Summary: After making an explosive debut appearing on other artist's songs, rapper Nicki Minaj finally releases her debut of electro-infused, bold, and hook-heavy hip-hop.
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  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. Dec 9, 2010
    80
    No matter how many boasts and taunts she drops, it's clear Minaj is proud of how far she's come.
  3. 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.
  4. Dec 9, 2010
    70
    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.
  5. Dec 9, 2010
    64
    Pink Friday, while certainly far from profound, is neatly rooted in predictability and vulgarity. But then again, would we have Minaj any other way?
  6. Dec 15, 2010
    60
    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.
  7. Jan 5, 2011
    30
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 78
  2. Negative: 16 out of 78
  1. Jan 7, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Best Album Ever, she is the best female Rapper Alive, she got not competition at all, this is why new york times name her the most influential female rapper of all the time. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2015
    10
    This album was so good! Well done Nicki Minaj you surprised me with this album. I like the half singing and half rapping throughout the album,This album was so good! Well done Nicki Minaj you surprised me with this album. I like the half singing and half rapping throughout the album, you have a really good voice Expand
  3. Jun 20, 2011
    10
    One of the most awaited albums of 2011 and it did not disappoint. The album is consistent, charming, makes everyone know who Nicki Minaj is.One of the most awaited albums of 2011 and it did not disappoint. The album is consistent, charming, makes everyone know who Nicki Minaj is. It has attitude and amazing lyrics. She can definitely compete with the likes of Eminem, Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne. The highlights of the album include "Roman's Revenge", "Did It On'em", "Super Bass" and "I'm The Best". Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2015
    7
    A strong debut from Nicki Minaj. None of this album failed to live up to Nicki's outstanding verse on Kanye West's "Monster" (well... maybe...A strong debut from Nicki Minaj. None of this album failed to live up to Nicki's outstanding verse on Kanye West's "Monster" (well... maybe... "Roman's Revenge"...) but most of it shows Nicki Minaj's talent as a rapper, as well as her vocals fit for singing (but not singing mediocre pop like "Super Bass" or "Check It Out"). The production is dull at times, but her rapping talent makes up for it. Grade: B. Highlights: "Roman's Revenge", "Save Me", "Moment 4 Life". Worst song: "Super Bass" Expand
  5. Feb 26, 2012
    6
    Romans Revenge Is The Best Track On This Album. She Should Include More Hip-Hop Influenced Beats And More Rapping On This Album Album, But IRomans Revenge Is The Best Track On This Album. She Should Include More Hip-Hop Influenced Beats And More Rapping On This Album Album, But I Like The Direction She's Going In. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2013
    5
    There are around 20 songs when you combine all the editions of this debut from Nicki so while some of them are pretty good, the majority fallThere are around 20 songs when you combine all the editions of this debut from Nicki so while some of them are pretty good, the majority fall into the latter. I'm not a massive Hip-Hop fan so it's just OK for me. Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2016
    0
    Ridiculous, a EDM/pop album, full of stupid songs and auto-tune, these rumors (it's not music) are f*cking horribles, how can you listen toRidiculous, a EDM/pop album, full of stupid songs and auto-tune, these rumors (it's not music) are f*cking horribles, how can you listen to this sh*t, WAKE UP!! And last thing, don't call this rap, because it's pop-rap/electropop. Worst songs are "Super Bass", "Your Love", "Fly", "I'm the Best" and "Dear Old Nicki", the other songs aren't good. Maybe one of the worst albums ever made in music Expand

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