15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Everything Nicki Minaj touches turns if not into gold then at least into something much more interesting. After making her name as a dynamite special ingredient on either people’s records, she stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the stellar guests on her full-length debut. Only Eminem on the truly nasty “Roman’s Revenge” can keep pace with her rapid-fire attack, as she tries out new personas—Roman Zolanski and his mom, Martha—with gleeful ease. Minaj tackles hip-hop and princess pop à la Gwen Stefani (“Right Thru Me”). She lets Rihanna deliver the radio-friendly sweet hook of “Fly” while she talks herself in blazing circles. “Moment 4 Life” is Minaj and Drake mixing it with newfound intensity, while Kanye features on the manic panic of “Blazin’”. “Check It Out” with will.i.am rides the sample of the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The Deluxe Version of the album includes five bonus tracks, including the ’80s dance groove “Girls Fall Like Dominoes”. If anyone represents 2010, it is Darling Nicki.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Everything Nicki Minaj touches turns if not into gold then at least into something much more interesting. After making her name as a dynamite special ingredient on either people’s records, she stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the stellar guests on her full-length debut. Only Eminem on the truly nasty “Roman’s Revenge” can keep pace with her rapid-fire attack, as she tries out new personas—Roman Zolanski and his mom, Martha—with gleeful ease. Minaj tackles hip-hop and princess pop à la Gwen Stefani (“Right Thru Me”). She lets Rihanna deliver the radio-friendly sweet hook of “Fly” while she talks herself in blazing circles. “Moment 4 Life” is Minaj and Drake mixing it with newfound intensity, while Kanye features on the manic panic of “Blazin’”. “Check It Out” with will.i.am rides the sample of the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The Deluxe Version of the album includes five bonus tracks, including the ’80s dance groove “Girls Fall Like Dominoes”. If anyone represents 2010, it is Darling Nicki.

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