Monday, November 22, 2010

My Review Of 'Pink Friday'

Okay, so we've all heard the album, and we all love it, right?!  Well, here's what I think about Nicki's debut.  Feel free to share you opinions in the comments.

1. I'm The Best
Nicki introduces us to the album with this cocky little number. This is a great, upbeat start. "What the fuck they goin' say?" She really is the best. ♥♥♥♥

2. Roman's Revenge (f Eminem)
What can I say about this track that Nicki doesn't say herself? It's so great to hear her take swipes back at her public enemy number one, Lil Kim. Nicki goes hard, rahh rahh, like a dungeon dragon. Eminem brings the heat with his super fast verses and clever puns ("I swear to God, I'll piss a Happy Meal off"), although he may have crossed the line using the word "faggot" on the record of such a gay-friendly artist. ♥♥♥♥♥

3. Did It On 'Em
Hood Nicki is alive on this track and want you to know you're da dun dun. Nicki skillfully crafts pun after pun in the album's most boastful track. SB provides his Nicki hype in the background, and the simple, head nodding beat rides perfectly behind Nicki's number twos in the air. "You used to hair now you're gone, Nair." ♥♥♥♥♥

4. Right Thru Me
Nicki's latest single is a bittersweet ballad about a rocky relationship that is worth saving in the end. This is the first song where fans heard Nicki speak on her experience in love. ♥♥♥♥

5. Fly (f Rihanna)
This one has single potential, with a catchy, beautifully sang hook and good message. Nicki will rise above the challenges that face her. She came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive. These two divas certainly make a dynamic duo. ♥♥♥♥♥

6. Save Me
This song has no rapping. Instead, Nicki sings about driving for miles to get to the man she loves and crying on his shoulder. She has lost herself and this time, she needs to be saved. I absolutely love the drum and bass beat that kicks in from time to time on this track. This is unlike and song I've ever heard, especially by Nicki, who calls this her most personal song yet. ♥♥♥♥♥

7. Moment 4 Life (f Drake)
Nicki speaks here about her moment in the spotlight finally arriving. She's put in years of work to get here, and she's so happy to finally be dropping this album and being at the top of her game. Drake joins in, and he can relate since he is the hottest new male rapper out, as well. ♥♥♥♥♥

8. Check it Out (f Will.I.Am)
I'm a fan of the song sampled here, "Video Killed The Radio Star" so this was a fun way to revolutionize the song for this decade. The music has Will.I.Am written all over it, and once you hear the song, you wonder why they didn't work together sooner. These eccentric emcees mesh very well together, and this party song will have you moving. ♥♥♥♥

9. Blazin' (f Kanye West)
Nicki called this the album's most important verse after recording it. She has proven a lot of haters wrong with her success and she's none too modest about it now. "Your game over, bitch, Gaterade, wet towel". Kanye puts in work here, too, and together, its feels like you're blazin'. ♥♥♥♥♥

10. Here I Am
This song addresses the media and the critics who've taken shots at Nicki over the years. She may not be what you thought she would be, or what you want her to be, but here she is. And she can only do Nicki. The vocals in the song are crazy and Swizz really brings his A game on the beat. I think Nicki's made her point with the release of this top notch debut. ♥♥♥♥♥

11. Dear Old Nicki
This is a letter to the Nicki of a few years ago, before Nicki got signed to Young Money. Fans often compare the Nicki they see before them to the person she was a few years ago. Nicki has grown, changed, and evolved. She misses the old days as much as the Barbz, but is also excited about the new directions her life id taking. As long as the old Nicki doesn't disappear forever. I'm not a huge fan of the beat on this one, though. ♥♥♥

12. Your Love
This song was pre-Pink Friday and was added by popular demand. This a good, fun love song but it doesn't really represent the Nicki we see before us today. It's a little slice of Old Nicki, right here on the next track. ♥♥♥♥

13. Last Chance (f Natasha Bedingfield)
Another song with pop radio potential, "Last Chance" talks about seizing opportunity. I'm ready to shoot, one bullet in the gun. Natasha doesn't have a lot of notoriety in the states, but the girls sound great together. ♥♥♥♥♥

I'll update tomorrow with my review of the bonus tracks.

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