I remember the first time I heard NIcki Minaj’s verse on “Monster,” because I was freaking out. I was thinking that it was just absolutely ridiculous that this person I had never heard of absolutely murdered a song with Kanye and Jay-Z on it. I swear I didn’t even go on to “So Appalled” for at least a day because I just had “Monster” on repeat. Nicki’s verse on that album will be one of the standout moments from that album forever for me. So naturally I listened to Pink Friday, because when someone has a verse that good I have to listen to their other music.
I was disappointed. Nothing happened on that album to make me think that this was the person who was on “Monster.” The pop influence on Pink Friday was overwhelming, songs like “Right Thru Me,” “Check It Out,” “Moment 4 Life,” and “Super Bass” were just straight pop - no matter how much I enjoyed “Check It Out” when I was 14. There are songs where she did try to rap like “Monster,” particularly on the tracks “Roman’s Revenge” and “Did It On'em.” The latter track is definitely the better of the two, however, I wish it did not have the ad-libs on the chorus. Roman’s Revenge is not even salvageable though, it is trash.
Then Pinkprint came out and I was somewhat excited. I didn’t know what to really expect, but it was good. It seemed like Nicki had finally gotten close to the sound that I think will become her signature sound. Songs like “Pills N Potions,” “The Crying Game,” “All Things Go,” “Four Door Aventador,” and “Feeling Myself” showed a good range of Nicki’s skills. Of course it had some bad tracks (the infamous “Anaconda”) and some weak ones (“Get On Your Knees”), but overall it was a good album. When Nicki really spits she is at her best and her choruses and singing parts have improved significantly. Specifically “Four Door Aventador” where Nicki actually kind of goes in. The album seems like a product of the positive change Nicki has made to her image, by removing those silly ass wigs and ridiculous costumes and just being a human. A person who feels human emotion and makes mistakes. This change has made Minaj’s image and music better.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)