Three years after resurrecting Female Rap, 2010 saw the release of ‘Pink Friday‘- the debut album by Nicki Minaj.
Hailed for its provocative and a times poetic ( ‘Catch Me’, ‘Here I Am‘) numbers, the LP now stands with sales of over 2.5 million copies worldwide, successfully outselling Rihanna‘s ‘Loud‘ without ever spawning a US #1 single.
Now, four months after releasing its follow up ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’, she has compared the two with the benefit of her hindsight.
Her conclusion below…
Speaking to Coolum News, the Pop star explained:
Sometimes I felt the first album was a little too revealing, too emotional at times, and the other thing about your first album is that you’ve had all these emotions pent up inside to release – and that’s what you do on your debut.
On her second album:
On the second album I was more concerned about just having fun.
Perhaps as a response to her success with ‘Turn Me On’, it’s clear Minaj made a marked effort to embrace the ‘upbeat’ with ‘Roman Reloaded‘.
Our only gripe with that is that while ‘Masquerade‘ and ‘Va Va Voom’ are just as powerful as her more reflective numbers, ‘Reloaded’ would be better served if a filler like ‘Sex In The Lounge’ was replaced with a cut akin to ‘Save Me’.
For, for all it’s whimsicality, finding depth in ‘Reloaded’ may prove too difficult to find for any unfamiliar with Minaj or her story.
Here’s hoping album #3 strikes a clean balance between both.