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Pink Friday ... Roman Reloaded (Deluxe Edition)

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Nicki Minaj's sophomore effort was pre-release promoted as the "mixtape Nicki" gone legit, as her unpredictable, provocative, and artistically free alter ego "Roman Zolanski" bubbled to the top. That's sensible as this bold, layered artist is just as comfortable alongside Madonna during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show as she is hanging with the Cash Money crew during the after party, so a two-album roll out might be necessary, but this is the wrong part two. The first Pink Friday presented a street queen gone elegant (which is what you do when you go from mixtapes sold at quickie marts to Dr. Luke productions sold by publicly traded companies) and here, the Roman gone well-funded thing works for more than an EP's worth of cuts. "Starships" offers a Katy Perry-styled singer that can convincingly drop both a MF-bomb and a weed reference, while the vicious "Stupid Hoe" gives birth to the genre of millionaire booty music and suddenly, sipping sizzurp in your own private jet seems entirely possible. Then there's vaudeville-hop opener "Roman Holiday" where the rapper/singer adds performance artist to the list by doing a British constable impression over knotty electro, while "Come On a Cone" gives Nicki her own "A Milli" and states the album's purpose ("Now I'm not masturbatin'/But I'm feelin' myself") as only she can. A handful of equally inspired numbers that come from this angle of gangsta-girl-in- a-post-wonky-pop-world add to the excitement, and with RedOne and a batch of other innovative producers providing a kaleidoscope of beats, the first half of the album is an amusement park for production lovers. Still, as the Lil Kim side of Nicki heads into the wonderfully dangerous territory of Gangsta Boo, Khia, Peaches, and beyond, her Madonna side has drifted into the land of Kara DioGuardi and other craftspeople for hire, as you could offer most of the latter part of this album to Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, late-era Santana, or etc. The polished ballad "Marilyn Monroe" is a prime example and it would be an admirable second-tier track most anywhere else, but here, Nicki's simple musing about Marilyn and fame is one complicated, misunderstood blonde bombshell addressing another, but on a surface level when there's substantial stuff to explore. Cut the iffy pop off these 19 tracks and you're left with Roman's true four-star empire, but as it is, Roman Reloaded is a frustrating mix of significant and skippable.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Roman Holiday
Nicki Minaj
00:04:05

Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - W. Thomas, ComposerLyricist - The Blackout Movement, Producer - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Safaree Samuels, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lawrence Nacht, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Venditto, ComposerLyricist - Pink Friday Productions, Producer - Marissa Bregman, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

2
Come On A Cone
Nicki Minaj
00:03:05

Chauncey Hollis, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hit-Boy, Producer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

3
I Am Your Leader
Nicki Minaj
00:03:33

Cameron Giles, ComposerLyricist - W. Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Chauncey Hollis, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - John Rivers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cam'ron, FeaturedArtist - Rick Ross, FeaturedArtist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hit-Boy, Producer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

4
Beez In The Trap
Nicki Minaj
00:04:28

M. Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Tauheed Epps, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Finis "KY" White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 2 Chainz, FeaturedArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenoe, Producer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

5
HOV Lane
Nicki Minaj
00:03:13

R. Marrone, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - S. Samuels, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Garrick Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ryan & Smitty, Producer - Pink Friday Productions, Producer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

6
Roman Reloaded
Nicki Minaj
00:03:14

Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Gallardo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Berkman, A&R - Lil Wayne, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Ricardo Lamarre, ComposerLyricist - Safaree Samuels, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rico Beats, Producer - Dwayne "The President" Carter, Producer, Executive Producer - Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams, Producer, Executive Producer - Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams, Producer, Executive Producer - Michael “BANGER” Cadahia, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Victor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

7
Champion
Nicki Minaj
00:04:56

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Jay Jenkins, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Drake, FeaturedArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - T-Minus, Producer - Tyler Williams, ComposerLyricist - Nas, FeaturedArtist - Young Jeezy, FeaturedArtist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikhil Seetharam, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noah "40" Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Cadastre, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stewart White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

8
Right By My Side
Nicki Minaj
00:04:25

Chris Brown, FeaturedArtist - Warren Felder, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Flippa Mafia, Producer, Co-Producer - Ben Langmaid, ComposerLyricist - Andrew "Papa Justifi" Wansel, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ronald "Flip" Colson, ComposerLyricist - Oakwud, Producer - Esther Renay Dean, ComposerLyricist - "Pop" Wansel, Producer - Jameel Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Eleanor Jackson, ComposerLyricist - JProof, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

9
Sex In The Lounge
Nicki Minaj
00:03:27

Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Lil Wayne, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Bobby V., FeaturedArtist - Safaree Samuels, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pink Friday Productions, Producer - M.E. Productions, Producer - Matthew Jospeh Hall, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

10
Starships
Nicki Minaj
00:03:30

Carl Falk, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wayne Hector, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rami, Producer, Mixer, Vocal Arranger, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Rami Yacoub, ComposerLyricist - Joshua Berkman, A&R - Redone, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mohombi, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Nicki Minaj, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ariel Chobaz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Trevor Lyle Muzzy, Mixer, Vocal Arranger, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

11
Pound The Alarm
Nicki Minaj
00:03:25

Jeanette Olsson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Falk, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Bilal Hajji, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Rami Yacoub, ComposerLyricist - Redone, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Achraf "AJ Junior" Janussi, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Lyle Muzzy, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

12
Whip It
Nicki Minaj
00:03:15

Jeanette Olsson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Hector, ComposerLyricist - Bilal Hajji, ComposerLyricist - Alex Papaconstantinou, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Redone, Producer, Background Vocalist, Sound Editor, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Björn Djupström, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex P, Producer, Recording Engineer, Sound Editor, StudioPersonnel - Achraf "AJ Junior" Janussi, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Lyle Muzzy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Sound Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

13
Automatic
Nicki Minaj
00:03:17

Geraldo Sandell, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Redone, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jimmy Joker, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Trevor Lyle Muzzy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Sound Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

14
Beautiful Sinner
Nicki Minaj
00:03:47

A. Grant, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - J Browz, Bass Guitar, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Da Kid, Producer - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Cooper, Producer, Additional Producer - Esther Renay Dean, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Lyle Muzzy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

15
Marilyn Monroe
Nicki Minaj
00:03:16

Leah Haywood, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Rotem, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Gelly Kusuma, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.R. Rotem, Producer - Dreamlab, Producer, Assistant Producer - D. James, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Cooper, Producer, Additional Producer - Ross Golan, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

16
Young Forever
Nicki Minaj
00:03:06

Lukasz Gottwald, ComposerLyricist - Henry Walter, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roberts, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Luke, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Irene Richter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Phil Seaford, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott "Yarmov" Yarmovsky, Producer - Clint Gibbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Katie Mitzell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Cirkut, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Sheehan, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

17
Fire Burns
Nicki Minaj
00:02:59

Warren Felder, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Donnie Meadows, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Tanisha Broadwater, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Andrew "Papa Justifi" Wansel, ComposerLyricist - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Kalenna Harper, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oakwud, Producer - "Pop" Wansel, Producer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

18
Gun Shot
Nicki Minaj
00:04:39

D. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Ashanti Floyd, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Beenie Man, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kane Beatz, Producer - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Roahn Hylton, ComposerLyricist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Donald Tixie Dixon, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Wade Barrett, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

19
Stupid Hoe
Nicki Minaj
00:03:16

Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joshua Berkman, A&R - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Jon Sher, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tina Dunham, ComposerLyricist - Dwayne "The President" Carter, Producer, Executive Producer - Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams, Producer, Executive Producer - Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams, Producer, Executive Producer - DJ Diamond Kuts, Producer

℗ 2011 Cash Money Records Inc.

20
Turn Me On
David Guetta
00:03:19

Esther Dean, ComposerLyricist - Giorgio Tuinfort, Producer, ComposerLyricist - David Guetta, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Black Raw, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Nicki Minaj, FeaturedArtist - Rutger Kroese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 What A Music Ltd licence exclusive de EMI Music France

21
Va Va Voom
Nicki Minaj
00:03:03

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Lukasz Gottwald, ComposerLyricist - Henry Walter, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roberts, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Luke, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Irene Richter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - KoOol Kojak, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Phil Seaford, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Clint Gibbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Katie Mitzell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Cirkut, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Allan P. Grigg, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

22
Masquerade
Nicki Minaj
00:03:48

Max Martin, ComposerLyricist - Lukasz Gottwald, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Sandberg, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Walter, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Benny Blanco, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Onika Maraj, ComposerLyricist - Serban Ghenea, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roberts, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Luke, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Irene Richter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Nicki Minaj, MainArtist - Phil Seaford, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott "Yarmov" Yarmovsky, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Clint Gibbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Katie Mitzell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Cirkut, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Sheehan, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Sher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Chobaz, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rachael Findlen, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Eve Boase, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Patrizia Valentina, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Cash Money Records Inc.

Album Description

Nicki Minaj's sophomore effort was pre-release promoted as the "mixtape Nicki" gone legit, as her unpredictable, provocative, and artistically free alter ego "Roman Zolanski" bubbled to the top. That's sensible as this bold, layered artist is just as comfortable alongside Madonna during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show as she is hanging with the Cash Money crew during the after party, so a two-album roll out might be necessary, but this is the wrong part two. The first Pink Friday presented a street queen gone elegant (which is what you do when you go from mixtapes sold at quickie marts to Dr. Luke productions sold by publicly traded companies) and here, the Roman gone well-funded thing works for more than an EP's worth of cuts. "Starships" offers a Katy Perry-styled singer that can convincingly drop both a MF-bomb and a weed reference, while the vicious "Stupid Hoe" gives birth to the genre of millionaire booty music and suddenly, sipping sizzurp in your own private jet seems entirely possible. Then there's vaudeville-hop opener "Roman Holiday" where the rapper/singer adds performance artist to the list by doing a British constable impression over knotty electro, while "Come On a Cone" gives Nicki her own "A Milli" and states the album's purpose ("Now I'm not masturbatin'/But I'm feelin' myself") as only she can. A handful of equally inspired numbers that come from this angle of gangsta-girl-in- a-post-wonky-pop-world add to the excitement, and with RedOne and a batch of other innovative producers providing a kaleidoscope of beats, the first half of the album is an amusement park for production lovers. Still, as the Lil Kim side of Nicki heads into the wonderfully dangerous territory of Gangsta Boo, Khia, Peaches, and beyond, her Madonna side has drifted into the land of Kara DioGuardi and other craftspeople for hire, as you could offer most of the latter part of this album to Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, late-era Santana, or etc. The polished ballad "Marilyn Monroe" is a prime example and it would be an admirable second-tier track most anywhere else, but here, Nicki's simple musing about Marilyn and fame is one complicated, misunderstood blonde bombshell addressing another, but on a surface level when there's substantial stuff to explore. Cut the iffy pop off these 19 tracks and you're left with Roman's true four-star empire, but as it is, Roman Reloaded is a frustrating mix of significant and skippable.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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