“I had to reinvent” is the first line on Nicki Minaj’s third album The Pinkprint. It’s a line that stands as all too true for a rapper facing opposition from both sides of her music spectrum. Her rap fans were souring on the decision to devote half of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded to pure pop, while her pop fans have likely already moved on – just because.
Nicki has somewhat been in damage control since Roman Reloaded, having later re-released it with additional tracks as The Re-Up to show her loyalty to hip-hop. Over the next year, she put out several non-album tracks to emphasize her devotion to rap, while returning to her role as the go-to guest rapper in urban music.Read more