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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reviewing Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’

There is yet to be a bad album of Nicki Minaj. The singer has refused to do what others want or expect of her and has always done what she wants. That seems to be paying off because her latest album, The Pinkprint, which was released December 15th wasn’t a dud either. As a matter of fact, this could be her best album so far. Nicki has chosen not to use her bipolar tendencies for rap and pop songs. Instead, even though it seems like a miracle, the nearly-comatose singer has proven that it’s completely possible for these two genres i.e. rap and pop that are constantly warring to co-exist.

Rap is associated with a masculine touch whereas pop is associated with a feminine element. Nicki has introduced her first breakup album where she mixes these two genres. The first two singles namely ‘Bed of Lies’ featuring Skyler-Grey and ‘Pills N Potions’ produced by Dr. Luke were quite unexciting, but what really shines through is The Pinkprint. This particular song forces the listener to deal with an emotion that’s not usually associated with the Queen of Rap and that’s vulnerability. The singer has touched on the sensitive area of heartbreak before as well, but it was more pronounced in the three-song stretch of the new album.

There are some brutal songs in the album as well, which are downright painful and showcase the singer’s pain of the tragedies she has suffered in songs like ‘I Lied’ and ‘Crying Game’. Then, the singer goes back to being the rap champion with Beyonce in ‘Feelin Myself’. ‘Truffle Butter’, the bonus song, ‘Grand Piano’ and ‘Win Again’ all make the album a real breakthrough for Nicki.

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