Nicki Minaj’s ‘Roman Holiday’ Reclaims iTunes Glory Following Pure Sales Boost

Published: Thursday 16th May 2019 by David

Perhaps the biggest character to emerge from Nicki Minaj‘s creative universe? Roman Zolanski, the troubled alter-ego the rapper created to combat the lady lyricists who took aim at her (see Lil Kim & Keys) in the earlier stages of her career.

Born to a Cockney mother, the ferocious teen’s life is turned upside down when he is banished to a Catholic boarding school after he and his equally feral friend Slim Shady launched an attack on Minaj’s enemies (see Roman’s Revenge & Moment 4 Life) and because his religious family learns that he is gay.

Horrified, his mother Martha enlists the help of a priest (and mind-altering drugs) she hopes will “cure” her wayward son.

Take your medication, Roman
Take a short vacation, Roman, you’ll be okay
You need to know your station, Roman
Some alterations on your clothes and your brain


Alas, the opposite occurs… leading to the scenes which took place in Minaj’s performance of his theme tune ‘Roman Holiday‘ at the 2012 Grammy Awards.


My flows is sick and I’m a lunatic
And this can’t be cured with no Elixir.

Now, seven years after the performance took place, the track has enjoyed a sales resurgence on iTunes.

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Memes featuring the song’s more dramatic moments reignited interest in the release and its parent album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ and sent the song soaring back into iTunes.



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The most telling part about the single’s resurgence? That the general public opted to purchase it over streaming it despite its availability on all major streaming platforms.


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  1. Jayy May 16, 2019

    I can tell from the TONE of this article and most other articles I’ve seen lately that the new management she’s hired has gathered the f*** out of these blogs. NM5 is coming. If you noticed the coverage of the Met Gala, she was hailed as QUEEN by the media (I personally thought her whole look was extremely underwhelming). The urban sheep will follow the mainstream when they catch on that the industry blackballing has ended. They only jumped on the hate train in the first place because they don’t think for themselves, even though there is also no denying Nicki’s attitude and recent antics didn’t help much either.. Here’s hoping to a new successful era where more bridges will be FORMED rather than burned

    • Danny Bey May 16, 2019

      I can agree with all of that but until I see she’s changed her attitude genuinely and for the better and started acting like a QUEEN instead of an entitled brat, she’ll remain cancelled on my book. And I used to be a big fan but her demeanor over the years has just turned me all the way off from her artistry. And that goes to say there’s a way to envoys and command respect as a queen and still be humble gracious and honest. Same goes for men being kings. The whole rapper ego attitude has gotten corny. Especially if you only rap about the same thing over and over again with no real substance.

      • Danny Bey May 16, 2019


      • Danny Bey May 16, 2019

        *INVOKE ???

  2. Urg May 16, 2019

    Um, no one cares, y’all need to leave Nicki alone and focus on Magen Thee Stallion.

    • E. May 16, 2019

      Why are you here?

  3. thatflopjuice May 16, 2019

    I love how Kim wanting Nicki to pay homage (which she should have done instead of sneak diss on songs) to her equates to “taking aim at her”. This is why the hate train exists, barbz! ? But go awff…

    • Faf May 16, 2019

      Wrong bc Kim didnt say s*** until ray j gassed her up being messy

      Nicki was a 25 yr old struggling artist when ym signed her it’s not her fault that baby wanted a younger Kim

      She chose to be mad at the wrong person

      • NickiisCancelled May 16, 2019

        It was wrong for Nicki to carrying on building up her barbz as Lil Kim haters based on business. She ain’t real period. But it’s okay because the same s*** happening to her with Cardi B. The whole barb fanbase is built on lies and hypocrisy and y’all think Nicki success changes things. ??? A fraud is a fraud is a fraud. Nicki can only truly win by buy raising a white flag and that’s that on that!

      • Thatflopjuice May 16, 2019

        Nicki was dissing her idol from her HOODSTARS days til she signed with Baby, y’all act like Kim has no right to feel how she felt. Disgusting. ? it’s okay tho… That karma is one helluva b**** baby!!

      • Caleb May 16, 2019

        She was 26 and a grown ass woman, only 6 years younger than Kim.

  4. Lol May 16, 2019

    You typed all this as if it’s hard to do lol.

  5. Danny Bey May 16, 2019

    *INVOKE…. omg I’m high lol

  6. thatflopjuice May 16, 2019

    It’s amazing how this clown had 10 years and no narrative that trumps other female rappers. Not even a wife or a mother. Nicki literally has no growth because she cares more about a chart entry than actually going through life experiences. Ladies and gentlemen, that is not an artist but rather a whole industry s****. Barbz gon kill their own fave just watch ?????????

    • Faf May 16, 2019

      She not a mother because she CHOSE not to be

      There’s a mother in the industry who’s married and she getting arrested for punching 20 yr old b****** at 39. That’s what u call no growth

      • NickiisCancelled May 16, 2019

        First off Remy ain’t do s***. Another example of barb hypocrisy you want us to stop believing the media portrayal and pay respect to Nicki yet run to the clout like ZOOM! when it comes to other female rappers. Y’all are a disgusting cult frfr. Brainwashed af and never get the last word.

      • Caleb May 16, 2019

        She’s not 39, she’s 38. She’s basically the same age as Nicki who wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for her beefing and talking like she wants to get in physical altercations in her music but is too scared to actually do it.

      • emchi May 17, 2019

        it’s crazy how peeps see what they want to see.

  7. Barb-wire May 16, 2019

    ??? I love this b**** yo! Only Nic crazy ass would perform that song the way she did. I love her so much lmfao.

    I’m still thirsting over the Megan thee stallion collabo though. That will be fiyah!!!

  8. NickiisCancelled May 16, 2019

    No one cares about this retarded ass song no matter how hard barbz try. It will never be important or pivotal to female rap ever.

    • Faf May 16, 2019

      Thanks for coming to the thread about it ???‍♀️ #icoNIC u will deal

      • NickiisCancelled May 16, 2019

        We will deal by supporting other female rappers on the charts to usher in the new generation. The hate train been doing a great job so far this year. ? Go aww though. P.s. nobody cared for this white America pandering watered down hip hop mess of a song when it first came out and we sure as hell don’t care for it now. Retarded ass vocals ???

    • Lisa May 16, 2019

      Roman Holiday was compared to Bohemian Rhapsody and Nicki was compared to Freddie Mercury as an ARTIST. That’s the real reason these gatekeepers hate this woman so much. They try to play her small and keep the public comparing her to other female rappers, but the truth is she washes the f*** out of the men. She’s the GOAT.

      • Thatflopjuice May 16, 2019

        “Nicki was compared to Freddie Mercury.” ??????????????????????????????????

  9. Barb-wire May 16, 2019

    Ghey ass Roman needs to come back though. That weirdo was nuts and sick on the beat ?.

    Here’s to hoping that Nic sees this re-entry on iTunes and see that we miss Roman.

  10. I hb&w both not sht May 16, 2019

    Y’all need to apologize to Nicki Minaj….no

  11. tika May 16, 2019

    I hate this song honestly!

  12. May 16, 2019

    that song and performance will always be one of my favs.

  13. Ropeburn May 16, 2019

    Yep. I been noticing people posting that meme all over the place.

  14. E. May 16, 2019

    Team Nicki for life. Carry On.

    • emchi May 17, 2019


  15. emchi May 17, 2019

    Ride or die Nicki fan, don’t give an eff what all you haterz say and do. IMHO, she’s top 3 of all rappers, dead or alive, whatever. Her talent is unmatched, don’t care that the grammys refused to give her any, they have lost all credibility when they chose to give best rap album to a person who cannot spit, freestyle, rap or write their own ish, who has the same flow in every ‘song’, and who was streamed to #1 BECAUSE of Nicki’s fight with the streaming services!!!.

    Ya all don’t realize Nicki’s too busy to be worrying bout anyone else…lol.

    Come at me all ya all want. I will never change my opinion of Nicki.

  16. Blaine Kelley May 17, 2019

    I’ve loved this song from the moment I heard it, so I’m glad to see it getting some much deserved love 7 years later.

    And hell yes, that Grammy performance was effing epic!

    Gimme some more crazy a$$ theatrical Nicki/Roman. I understand her whole push to act more “hood”/tough in recent years due to changes in the musical climate but I think she’s the best when she’s being A) Whacky or B) Vulnerable

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