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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8 Comments on “nicki minaj’s “pink friday” reviews are in!

  1. I LOVE HER ALBUM ! & I LOVE NICKI MINAJ SO MUCH !!!! 🙂 MUAH !!! <3

  2. Nicki is awesome….I love her entire album…she is what makes me feel stronger as a women each and everyday….
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

    Your biggest Fan!

  3. Your pink friday video is good,interesting,creative and i dont see the reason why some persons will still be complaining,omg you are good,just forget about the haters

  4. Nicki is achieving what I’m dreaming about and I’m so excited for her. I hope all of her dreams continue to rise. I’m pursuing mine. I just wanted to Thank her 4 being a dream-model 4 me. God Bless!!!!!!!

  5. I thought the album was great because Nicki used all of her personalities in one. she gave us bad bitch Nicki from Queens, snobby little babrie Nicki, insaine Nicki with a mental dissorder, and emotional Nicki with a soft and sentered heart. I have not skiped a song and dont plain to; and I bought the delux version!!! I also want to point out how hard she went on “Blazin” because that reminded me of “So Hard” with wayne when she spits fast and crazy so quick you have to look up the lyrics to see if you heard it right. My personal top three are “Moment 4 Life”, “Save Me”, and I cant chose between “Did it on em” and “Blazin”. Oh and one more thing…..ITS PINK FRIDAY HOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Nicki is not a Rapper & shes isnt a Singer either. Shes an artist. Sure, some of her fts go harder than her Songs on Pink Friday (which i bought :D) But thats what fts are for, her mixtapes were plain straight up & raw. But this album. Speechless, just like she said, no need for skipping tracks, cause its the SHITT!!! She has the up beat Check It Out & the old nicki on Muny & Did It On ‘Em & then she has Save Me & Moment For Life, which are my two favorite. She may not be your cup of tea, which is fine, but she has talent & a future ahead of her like no other & that you cant deny.

  7. NICKI MINAJ IS AN INSPERATION TO ME AS WELL AS MANY,AND IM 49YRS OLD I LOVE ANYTHING THAT SHE SPITS OUT OF HER MOUTH AND SHE IS GROWING INTO A BEAUTIFULL YOUNG LADY IM GLAD SHE IS GROWING UP AND NOT ACTING LIKE A HOODRAT! NOT TRYING TO CURSE EVERYONE THATS BEING MEAN TO HER.STAY SWEET NICKI THE WORLD LOVES YOU JUST LIKE YOU ARE!LOVE NICKI MINAJ BIGGEST FAN!

  8. I love the cd, I like because it”s nothing out like it, it’s not the same ol’ . My Fav songs are Moment for Life, Roman’s Revenge, and Save Me. But I love the whole cd, so good job Nicki. O yeah please do not give Kim any light, do not respond to her, just do you, and keep making good music for your fans. Don’t govr her a reason to get back into the game.

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