Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

“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.

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Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

The world of rap has always been a young man’s game. And maybe that’s why Marshall Mathers, aka, Slim Shady, aka, Eminem is out to prove that, despite his age, he isn’t coming close to slowing down.

Not that 41 is old – to compare, Snoop Dogg is 42 and Jay-Z is 43. – but the idea that Eminem has been losing his touch has followed him since Encore, and for each subsequent album after.

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