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November 2010
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nicki minaj’s “pink friday” reviews are in!

This week is one of the biggest for new album releases in recent memory, with high-profile albums from Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Ke$ha, Jay-Z and Justin Bieber all hitting the streets. Those albums are all coming from artists who have established followings and track records, but there is one debut coming out this week that has hip-hop fans turning their heads and raising their eyebrows. Through a series of well-received mixtapes and guest spots, Nicki Minaj has very quickly made a name for herself as a killer lyricist and a dynamic rhymer with as unique a style as we’ve seen in the rap world. Her hotly-anticipated debut album Pink Friday is out now, and it appears to be one of the most polarizing albums to hit the mainstream in a while.

Some of the critical reactions have been extremely enthusiastic. Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ rating, and writer Brad Wete said that though Nicki has made a name for herself with wacky voices and strange characters, it’s her focus on fundamentals that really puts Pink Friday over. “Oddly enough, the accented voices and self-assured rhymes that propelled Nicki to stardom are hardly what make this a solid album,” he wrote. “It’s those moments when the eccentric wigs are off and aliases put away that the best songs are revealed. Like when she steps off of her throne, vulnerable and helpless on ‘Save Me,’ uncovering a talent she kept hidden throughout her sidekick days: She sings. Well, if I might add.”

Allison Stewart of The Washington Post agreed, noting that Minaj manages to show a surprising number of different colors on her album. She specifically calls out the quieter tunes, noting “to anyone who heard [Pink Friday’s] early, hardcore-heavy leaks, these softer, usually romantic tracks may feel like compromises, meant to reassure mainstream listeners that Minaj is a semi-proper girl with, you know, feelings, not just a piranha with a gymnastic flow.”

The Los Angeles Times found Pink Friday a little uneven but inspiring for its boldness. “Pink Friday shows Minaj is on the cusp — considering her facility with accents, she could be the perfect person to find a new patois, one that’s built of separate musical languages but without breaking any of them down,” writer Margaret Wappler observed. “Or she could get caught in the net, punished by the relentless category police or her own doubt of how far she can roam. But one thing is for certain: she’s got the fight and the imagination on her side — and a good neon wig never hurt a girl either.”

In fact, even the negative reviews gave Minaj props for experimenting. Associated Press writer Mesfin Fekadu got a little tired of all of Minaj’s boasting but was inspired whenever she switched it up. “When Minaj is not caught up with being No. 1, she shines,” Fekadu wrote. “On ‘Save Me,’ she strips down and presents a more humble side of herself. The Drake-assisted ‘Moment 4 Life’ has Minaj excited about her accomplishments — and cherishing her winning moment. As she should be.” And Marc Hogan from Spin is a little disappointed by Pink Friday but is still glad Nicki Minaj exists. “As an MC showcase, the album falls short, with no verses as memorable as those she dropped for Robin Thicke, Usher, Trey Songz, Ludacris or Mariah Carey,” he wrote in his review. “But this self-styled Harajuku Barbie certainly can compete with the big boys, and she doesn’t let anyone forget it.”

What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s new album? Let us know in the comments!

Don’t miss the documentary “Nicki Minaj: My Time Now,” premiering Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!

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November 2010
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natasha bedingfield speaks on “last chance” collabo

The songs from “Strip Me” aren’t the only way for fans to hear Bedingfield these days, however. She also shows up in the worlds of country and hip-hop, guesting on “Easy” from Rascal Flatts’ new album “Nothing Like This” and on “Last Chance” from Nicki Minaj’s debut, “Pink Friday.”

“I’ve always had very eclectic and varied tastes in music,” Bedingfield says. “I think you’re always going to see that from me, just working with people in different genres. I love it. Rascal Flatts were fantastic; I’ve always been into folk music and Americana, people like Johnny Cash, so I feel that’s quite linked to country music. And I know Rascal Flatts are classified as pop/country, definitely more in that world. So it was like opening a window for me.

“And with Nicki, I come from London and we’ve got a heavy influence in hip-hop. She called me and was like, ‘I’d love for you to sing on this. I’m a huge fan,’ and I was instantly like, ‘I’ll do this.’ I heard the song she’d written and it gave me goosebumps. I was like, ‘I’ve got to be on that.’ I was in Detroit, doing some promotion, so I went into Eminem’s studio and it was amazing, really catching off Eminem’s vibe. He wasn’t there, but his studio is great.”

Source: Billboard

23
November 2010
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nicki minaj stops by 100.3 the beat footage

Nicki Minaj recently stopped in Philly to promote her new album “Pink Friday,” and a select group of lucky 100.3 The Beat listeners were treated to an early listen of her album. They were also able to watch her being interviewed live by our afternoon personality Kendra G AND get autographs from her!

23
November 2010
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honey magazine & nicki minaj ‘think pink’

Hip hop has been turned out by a tiny, Pepto-pink cotton candy wig-wearing superhero. Yes, folks, it’s a Barbie world. A place where tracks taste sweeter with a little Nicki spit. Twitter streams are more hilarious when Nicki Minaj joins the convo. Videos are IMAX when she saunters on screen. Concerts more riotous. And this is all before her debut album dropped. As you prep for Pink Friday, check out what the Young Money maiden had to say about her last 9-5, a massive fan attack, and the last time she cried.

23
November 2010
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nicki minaj + mac launch “pink 4 friday” lipstick photos

( CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MAC LAUNCH PHOTOS IN THE GALLERY )

Nicki Minaj was present earlier today in Times Square for the MAC launch of her exclusive limited edition lipstick, “Pink 4 Friday”. Check out the photos by clicking the thumbnails or the link above!

23
November 2010
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nicki minaj speaks on possibility of a ‘gay rapper’

We caught up with the fab fem rapper Nicki Minaj at the American Music Awards Sunday, and—since the glam gal has drummed up more attention to the hip-hop LGBT community than any act of late—we had to ask if she thought we’d see a homolicious rapper on the scene anytime soon:

“Of course, of course!” Nick gushed to us.

So what do we have to do? That is, to make it OK to spit some rhymes about pimping a penis?

“I think we just have to be open-minded,” said Nicki, who’s left tongues wagging with her seemingly ambiguous sexuality—she talks about smooching “bad bitches” and giving love to the fellas, but never clarifying exactly which way she swings.

“You know, we have to do what we do, and not worry about what they accept.”

At least we’ve got gals like Nicki to help get the closet door open—even if it’s just an itty, bitty bit. As she would say, That’s fetch. Don’t you think?

23
November 2010
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“pink 4 friday” mac lipstick + t-shirts

A Limited Edition Lipstick personally designed by Nicki Minaj to celebrate the release of her debut album Pink Friday. Featuring a bright, creamy pink satin formula, Nicki’s shade is only available online for four Fridays starting November 26, 2010, while supplies last. Pro discount not applicable.
3 g / 0.1 US oz US$14.50

To check out the website for future purchasing click here and bookmark it! Great as a holiday gift!

Also, Hot Topic is offering a Nicki Minaj t-shirt now that you can check out by clicking here!

23
November 2010
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emotional clip of “my time now” mtv documentary

“Everything in Trinidad reminds me of my family that is no longer here,” Nicki Minaj begins in a scene from her forthcoming MTV News documentary “My Time Now” (airing Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV). And for Minaj, recalling her late loved ones from the island nation overwhelms the typically freewheeling MC with emotion.

During the scene, the Young Money diva’s coolly confident façade crumbles, and tears stream down her cheeks when a filmmaker asks her about her late grandmother, who took care of the lyricist before she emigrated to America. The “Right Thru Me” artist gazes intently at her interviewer as she struggles to maintain her game face, nodding faintly as she concedes her grandmother would be proud of her achievements and the woman she has become.

But as soon as the tears begin to roll, Minaj jumps to preserve her makeup — and her bold reputation — reaching for a mirror to fix her expertly applied maquillage. But, ultimately, she succumbs to the emotion and begins to weep harder, covering her face with her hot-pink manicured fingers.

The moment is a rare glimpse at the rising superstar’s vulnerabilities that are typically obscured by her hard-hitting rhymes and zany-yet-sexed-up persona. In the film, cameras document Minaj’s return to Trinidad for the first time in seven years, as she reconnects with family, lavishes loved ones with shopping sprees and navigates throngs of screaming fans. The accomplished MC breaks down the sacrifices her family had to make in order to forge a better life for the young Minaj in the U.S.

“A lot of times, when you’re from the islands, your parents leave and then send for you because it’s easier when they have established themselves; when they have a place to stay, when they have a job. I thought it was gonna be for a few days, it turned into two years without my mother,” she says of living with relatives.

The “Your Love” hitmaker also opens up about leaving her native Trinidad to join her parents in New York to chase the American dream. Unfortunately for the starry-eyed young Minaj, her first impressions of life Stateside were nightmarish.

“I thought it was gonna be like a castle. Like white picket fence, like a fairy tale. I got off the plane and it was cold. I remember the smell. I could always remember the smell when I got out of the airport of the snow, and I had never seen snow,” she says. “I remember the house. I remember that the furniture wasn’t put down. It was, like, piled up on each other ,and I didn’t understand why, ’cause I thought it was gonna look like a big castle.”

Far from a castle, Minaj’s home was rocked by conflict, which kept the Queens youngster on edge.

“I started hearing a lot of arguing, and I didn’t know why. I was always very nervous, very afraid. So I knew that wasn’t normal. My father would yell and curse a lot,” she recalls.

The MC candidly reveals that her dad’s drug abuse compromised the stability of the household.

“It was right in the crack era. We didn’t know, but he fell victim to crack shortly after he moved to America,” she says. “When you’re on crack, you can’t keep a job. And when you can’t keep a job, you don’t have money. And when you don’t have money, you steal. And you steal from your family.”

Don’t miss the documentary “Nicki Minaj: My Time Now,” premiering Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!