Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday (Universal)

Rapper Nicki Minaj made headlines last week when her male assistant struck her in the face with a suitcase, the latest incident in what has clearly been a drama-filled ride. Minaj sounds nothing like Kelis, Prince, Rihanna or M.I.A, but she does sound as though she’s had a tough life. This is evidenced through her cussin’, her growlin’ and her lyrics, when even on Right Thru Me (which appears to be some kind of love song) the phrase “how do you do that shit” is repeated unromantically throughout. Other lyrics make you suspect that Minaj has made several poor relationship choices. Elsewhere she rhymes “terminator” with “terminate her”, at once displaying poor rhyming skills and a very bad attitude.

The lyrics “me against my enemies, me against my friends, somehow they seem to become the same thing” makes you question Minaj’s level of insight into her own personality. The nineteen tracks on Pink Friday are overwhelmingly negative and angry, but without the grace and originality that other negative and angry artists bring to their work (Peaches could have been a good exemplar). As it stands, Pink Friday isn’t the kind of album you’d want to bring into your life unless you enjoy taking bad trips… though on the plus side, “spot the horrible 90s sample” could be a good drinking game to play if for some reason you found yourself listening to this album.

Rapper Nicki Minaj sounds nothing like Kelis, Prince, Rihanna or M.I.A, but she does sound like your annoying druggie neighbour documenting her domestics over some funky beats. Warning: listening to this album may induce you to assault people with suitcases.

Kathryn van Beek       www.joyriderpromotions.com

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