20 Songs, 1 Hour 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Pinkprint has traces of the candy-coloured hooks and wicked-fast lyricism that make Nicki Minaj one of the most versatile superstars in the game, but there’s little of the dance-pop dazzle that propelled her earlier crossover hits like “Super Bass” and “Starships". Instead, Minaj’s third album is filled with slinking tempos and heavy-hitting collaborations—Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown turn up before the halfway point. Simmering downtempo tunes like “Only”, “Get on Your Knees” and “Pills N Potions” can come across as confessional or coy, but Minaj's whiplash-inducing verses on the Sir Mix-a-Lot–sampling “Anaconda” and the punchline-packed “I’m Feeling Myself” leave us in awe of her commanding presence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Pinkprint has traces of the candy-coloured hooks and wicked-fast lyricism that make Nicki Minaj one of the most versatile superstars in the game, but there’s little of the dance-pop dazzle that propelled her earlier crossover hits like “Super Bass” and “Starships". Instead, Minaj’s third album is filled with slinking tempos and heavy-hitting collaborations—Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown turn up before the halfway point. Simmering downtempo tunes like “Only”, “Get on Your Knees” and “Pills N Potions” can come across as confessional or coy, but Minaj's whiplash-inducing verses on the Sir Mix-a-Lot–sampling “Anaconda” and the punchline-packed “I’m Feeling Myself” leave us in awe of her commanding presence.

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