Two videos from Nicki Mianj in one week, that’s what happens when Tidal drops exclusives. Well actually three videos when you count David Guetta’s, ‘Hey Mama.’ First up was her smash and long-awaited visual to her track ‘Feeling Myself’ (click HERE for video review) featuring Beyoncé from her album The Pinkprint (click HERE for album review). This time around it’s the video for what could be a Pop/Summer smash, ‘The Night is Still Young. Definitely not one of my favorites from the album.
Nicki Minaj released her long-awaited third studio album, The Pinkprint, on December 15th. The standard album features 16 tracks, deluxe 19 tracks, and the iTunes edition features a bonus track, ‘Truffle Butter’. The regular and deluxe of the iTunes edition both feature ‘Truffle Butter’, only difference is you get _ tracks fFeatures include: Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Lunchmoney Lewis, Skylar Grey, and Meek Mill.
The album overall has definitely grown on me. I wasn’t completely a fan as I heard ‘Pills n Potions’ followed by ‘Anaconda’. When she released ‘Pills n Potions’, I was thinking, is this how you come back to the scene? In between that ‘Lookin Ass’ dropped, even though it didn’t make the album, followed by her dope bars on ‘Chiraq’. After that I was ready for more and ‘Pills n Potions’ was irrelevant. Then she released ‘Anaconda’ and I thought, is this her way of including a hip hop classic yet still having a pop vibe? The first track, ‘All Things Go’ was a life update followed by heart break, ‘I Lied’ an ‘Crying Game’, before getting into some radio friendly tracks especially her smash with Beyoncé. The middle of the album before getting into ‘Pills n Potions’ was a little bit of this and little bit of that. ‘Trini Dem Girls’ is a nice track that I didn’t expect to like as much as I do.
Rumor has it she had a thing with Meek Mill which she denies, but he is featured on the album on two tracks ‘Buy a Heart’ and ‘Big Daddy’. My favorite from the two would be ‘Buy a Heart’. That’s another track I could hear on the radio. Both tracks because of the beat and the feature could definitely hit the airwaves. ‘Big Daddy’ is definitely more so for the hip hop heads. After ‘Grand Piano’ Nicki gets back to the bars on ‘Shanghai’, but I’m not a fan of the beat. I get the theme of it based on the title, but eh. To end the album, unless you have the iTunes version, ‘Win Again’ is alright. I would’ve liked a bigger punch to end it because Nicki does have bars. When you add in ‘Truffle Butter’ from the iTunes version THAT is a way to end an album. The beat, the bars, the total package. Dope song. Why is it titled truffle butter? That I have yet to figure out.
Side note, it wouldn’t be a Nicki album if she didn’t rap about “sonning” someone. That was one thing that annoyed me lyrically is that there had to be like 4 or 5 tracks that she said that just in different ways. After the first two times I had to check my Spotify to make sure I didn’t have the track on repeat.
My Top 5 —
- ‘The Crying Game’
- ‘I Lied’
- ‘Grand Piano’
- ‘Truffle Butter’ (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
- ‘Feeling Myself’ (by default; “Pretty on Fleek, Pretty Pretty on Fleek”)
Tracks I DON’T Like —
- ‘Pills n Potions’
At first I didn’t like ‘Get on Your Knees’ featuring Ariana Grande, but as the beat builded it wasn’t so bad.
Click below for reviews that I have done of previously released singles:
I would’ve liked better transitions of the tracks as I like albums that flow with themes. I’m not saying she should’ve chose different tracks, but going from a track like ‘Grand Piano’ to ‘Big Daddy’ is a jump. It shows that Nicki is versatile, but the transitions could’ve been better as in placement of songs. Rating wise, I give the album a solid 4/5.
Check out my review to The Pinkprint Movie HERE and as always click the links above. Listen to the album below via Spotify:
Nicki Minaj has been in full promo mode with her new album, The Pinkprint, and she’s released a mini-movie. The 16 minute video features an intro of ‘All Things Go’ before splitting into three parts for tracks: ‘The Crying Game’, ‘I Lied’, and ‘Grand Piano’.
‘The Crying Game’ is her getting into a fight with her boyfriend (or whatever),Willy Monfret ,after a night out.That green dress she has on looks great. She leaves him standing there as the video shows her driving around in her Range Rover, tears shed hear and there. Ladies in a relationship can understand getting into a fight and driving around in your feelings. You’re driving, but you’re still in your feelings not really paying attention. The track abruptly ends when Nicki’s truck is hit on the passenger side.
I was expecting part 2, ‘I Lied’, to show that she was in a hospital or something, but she ended up in the back of a car driven by Boris Kodjoe. This song is showing another side of Nicki as she sings more than she raps. It’s showing that she doesn’t want to move on because of what she’s previously dealt with, but that’s all lies. It’s just a way of protecting herself from being hurt again. She gets the little butterfly stitch and she casually gets semi-intimate with “the other guy” that seems to care.
Part 3, ‘Grand Piano’, shows Nicki in a red dress and back with her boyfriend. They are out somewhere as people stop and stare and look at them. The video fits well with the lyrics of the song. Another one of Nicki singing. People look on knowing how the guy treats her yet she stays. Most importantly, she stays. So he plays her heart like a grand piano and she says play on. It ends with her driving off with him in a fancy car with “the other guy” looking on. I guess she made her decision.
I’m very impressed and I love that it’s not all over the place. There’s a theme to it and all three songs are amazing. My favorite out of the three is ‘Crying Game’. Full review of The Pinkprint coming soon.
Spare 16 minutes below:
Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
French Montana – ‘Don’t Panic
Nicki Minaj x Drake x Lil Wayne – ‘Truffle Butter’
Fetty Wap – ‘Trap Queen’
Alesso x Tove Lo – ‘Heroes (we could be)’
Calvin Harris x John Newman – ‘Blame’