The proof, as they say, is always in the pudding..and if the last few days in Nicki Minaj‘s world are anything to go by, we’d say life is pretty sweet for the Rap star.
Unveiling a new eight track EP named ‘The Re-Up’ last Monday, this week saw her reap many a reward from the project after its sales forced its supporting LP, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ 79 spots up the Billboard 200 in the space of 7 days, placing it at #28.
So, just in case that wasn’t enough to put a smile on her face, she’s now scored a new personal best on a critical tip.
Ironically, despite only boast eight tracks, the release has scored a Metacritic score of 74/100- marking the highest score of her career with 2010’s ‘Pink Friday’ receiving 68/100 and ‘Reloaded’ nabbing 60/100.
Calculated by measuring reviews published by BBC Music, the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Phoenix to name just three, the project’s impeccably high score makes it the Rapper’s most critically acclaimed release, perhaps spearheaded by the fan favorites ‘Up In Flames‘ and the Cassie assisted ‘The Boys’.
With her third studio album set for launch next year, here’s hoping ‘The Re-Up’s success comes a lesson learned for the Rapper.
A lesson, that has seen her exceed expectations on a whole number of fronts with material that even she admits ‘is better’ than that of ‘Reloaded’.
So, here’s hoping album #3 delivers the quality and varied themes that made ‘Pink Friday‘ such a celebrated effort, and strikes a healthier balance between Pop, Hip Hop and the pizzazz that keeps Minaj ahead of the pack at all times.