17 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After making her name as a dynamite special ingredient to everyone else’s records, Nicki Minaj lands her own debut album, 2010’s Pink Friday. 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. Kanye performs up to her level 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.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

After making her name as a dynamite special ingredient to everyone else’s records, Nicki Minaj lands her own debut album, 2010’s Pink Friday. 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. Kanye performs up to her level 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.”

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