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Two weeks have passed since the release of Nicki Minaj’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, ‘Pink Friday 2.’ Fans were eagerly awaiting the follow-up to her successful debut album, ‘Pink Friday,’ which was released a decade ago. With the dust settled, it’s now time to take a closer look at what people really think about ‘Pink Friday 2.’
A Refinement of Minaj’s Style
Fans have praised the album so far for sticking true to Minaj’s trademark style while also displaying her artistic growth. Critic reviews have called it “a record of real ambition” and “a consolidation and refinement of everything Minaj can do.”
Those who enjoyed her earlier work appreciate the album’s catchy hooks, confident lyrics, and signature blend of rap and pop. They argue that it showcases Minaj’s growth as an artist while staying true to her unique style.
Star-Studded Lineup of Collaborations
Nicki Minaj has always been known for great collaborations, and ‘Pink Friday 2’ is no different. The album includes collaborations with an impressive roster of artists, including Drake, Lil Wayne, and J. Cole.
Listeners appreciate the chemistry between Minaj and her collaborators, highlighting standout tracks like “Needle” with Drake, which is so far one of the most streamed songs on the album.
Quality Production and Sound
In addition to Minaj’s lyricism and style, fans have praised the album for its quality production and overall style. The album was co-produced by a variety of producers working on individual songs, including notable producer Murda Beatz.
The album utilizes samples more than Minaj’s previous works did, including a sample of Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” on the song “Are You Gone Already.” Eilish’s brother and producer Finneas is credited as a producer on this song as well.
Critic and Fan Reviews
‘Pink Friday 2’ has received mixed but mostly positive reviews from critics. At an average rating of 70 out of 100, the album even scored higher than its 2010 predecessor ‘Pink Friday,’ which scored 68 out of 100.
As for fans, they’ve taken to social media to express their support for Minaj and their love for the album. One loving fan stated, “So Proud of NICKI she’s doing so great! And this Album is already Iconic.” Many praise her for staying true to herself and delivering an album that showcases her growth as an artist. Others appreciate the album for its catchy hooks and infectious beats, making it a perfect addition to their playlists.
In addition to the generally positive reviews, ‘Pink Friday 2’ has been a huge commercial success. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts, making Minaj the first female rapper to have three albums reach number one.
The album sold an impressive 228,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, including over 90,000 actual album sales. With the album release, Minaj also broke the record for the largest vinyl sales week by a female rapper.