How Nicki Minaj shot him to the mainstream


Nicki Minaj is completing a decade as one of the great figures in the history of rap. Although some of their singles developers met 10 years ago this year, was the second album from Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which became a superstar.

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Launched on 2 April 2012, the expansive sound of the album was indicative of how difficult it was to point out to Nicki stylistically. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was an album controversial that it attracted the attention of those who hated and at the same time made the base of fanatical supporters of Minaj out even more intense. Divisive in its diversity, the album solidified the stardom of Nicki in the middle of a landscape of hip-hop that is changing rapidly.

The rapper’s biggest game.

When you’re a rapper largest in an industry dominated by men, you will receive a lot of criticism unfair. With Minaj, however, even that feels like an understatement. Be “the greatest” makes you “unique” in the eyes of many consumers. You become a standard bearer of any kind of experimentation. And since the first Pink Friday got the success of Nicki’s singles-oriented as much to rap as the pop, is doubled in both directions in his second effort. There are some simple rap, but outbreaks poppier Roman Reloaded are most emblematic of its success.

It is not the album’s more synergistic, but Nicki was still resolving things. The album credits are a grab bag of producers of the time (this is the case of many albums of rap, but it’s especially true here), many of which had been addressed earlier successes for Nicki and others.

Nicki had success with Kane Beatz on ‘Bottoms Up’, ‘Bedrock’ and, what is more important, in the Friday Super Bass ’in Pink Friday, a single, and a bonus track, no less, who was so popular that impacted the direction of Roman Reloaded. “Champions” was one of the last great songs that T-Minus did before his semi-pause, RedOne helped to make Lady Gaga the greatest artist on the planet, and in 2012 Hit-Boy was one of the producers most popular from Mannie Fresh.

The names behind the boards are not the only iconic of the time. ‘Beez In The Trap’ boasted a feature from 2 Chainz in the midst of their legendary appearance. And while Minaj and Duck not repeated Friday Moment 4 Life ” from Pink Friday, when Roman Reloaded fell, it seemed that their alliance would last forever … but things are more complicated than that.

Importance is undeniable

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was also designed to discredit skeptics of Nicki to highlight the respect that was generated by the largest. Has features from cam’ron, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Nas and, of course, Lil Wayne. Even if the impact of the album was pop, the prominence and importance of Nicki in hip-hop was undeniable.

‘Starships’ was beyond in the direction of ‘Super Bass’, and was decidedly more pop than that some of them would have liked. But Drake or Kanye could have done the same thing many times, and no one would have worried about, that’s why the release of Roman Reloaded and the circumstances surrounding were also emblematic of the enduring problem of the rap with the misogyny.

Restructuring the balance

To say that gender has a gender imbalance would be frustrating, even if the current situation is much better than nearly a decade ago. Nicki played an important role paving the way for many female rappers that have emerged in its wake. Because there are relatively fewer women who make it, and because the rap is so competitive, the notion that there can only be one successful “Queen of Rap” in a given moment has permeated the culture. Despite the fact that more and more women begin to experience the success, the fans tend to face among them, even more so than with their male counterparts.

The more we move away from the release of Roman Reloaded, the more it feels like a harbinger of change. In 2012, the rap was still not the dominant force on the radio today; The success of songs like “Starships”, which reached a massively popular as the rap and the social networks evolved into something completely different, it is in part thanks for this. That it is sorted as pop, rap, or whatever you want, after “Starships” and Roman Reloaded, the rap was consumed with pop completely. The single was so big that it often overshadowed (and still does) the rest of the album, which is a shame. Even at their most ambitious, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was a sign of things to come.

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