Nicki Minaj has so much to say, that after reloading Roman, she had to re-up him up once again with her latest release.
The American Idol hostess had a lot on her well-propped chest, and employed the help of 8 brand new tracks to tell them all. Nicki carefully utilized the help of collaborators that range from Cassie, to Lil Wayne, Tyga, Ciara and her newest artist, Nigerian singer Parker.
The Re-Up is just that - Nicki on another level, taking shots at everyone from Chris Stokes and Mariah Carey - concerning their American Idol beef on her track "Freedom," - to name-dropping President Barack Obama and bossman Russell Simmons.
No telling why Nicki didn't add a few tracks to release The Re-Up as her next album, but we're sure her Barbs will be content with the speedy delivery of new Nicki anthems.
Check out our track-by track review of the project below.
“Up In Flames”
Looks like Nicki Minaj employed her good ol’ church choir for this installment of “Up in Flames.”
Nicki name-drops over the harmonic hums of a church choir while rolling down her resume of networking with heads of networks. But holiness aside, Nicki has a relapse to her trash-talking mixtape rap when she drops references like, “Even R.Kelly couldn’t touch the kid,” and “Ima violate you bitches like Chris Stokes.” Of course she couldn’t have a track that didn’t take stabs at her recent confrontation with Mariah Carey. Nicki raps: "I'll take it, sign on the dotted line/But I'm quick to the check a bitch if she outta line. Shout out Mike Darnell and Nigel/Why these bums so mad that the queen on Idol, huh?" Ouch.
Nicki isn’t letting go of the pink print with this track. Nicki dusts off her singing chords for this track that she chose as her performance piece at the 2012 American Music Awards. Reminiscent to her singing on “Right Through Me” Nicki sings songs of freedom on a smooth R&B beat that is a stark contrast to her gritty rhymes.
“Hell Yeah” Feat. Parker:
Nicki is going to back to her Trini roots with this one! The Trinidadian rap star blends island drums with the melodic voice of her newest (and first artist), the London-based Nigerian singer Parker Ighile. There's a touch of rock star drums for what will be our favorite track from the re-launch and definitely the one that will go hardest in the club, and with a name drop of boss man Russell Simmons, how could we not love it?
“High School” Feat. Lil Wayne:
Nicki goes back to where it all started, to stunt like her daddy with Lil Wayne on “High School.” Nicki employs the help of a little Auto-Tune for the sexy hook that opens up to refreshing bars from Wayne that almost, just almost, take us back to his “Lollipop” days.
“I’m Legit” Feat Ciara:
This gets our vote as the song to play on loop while getting ready to hit the club. Nicki employs Lil Wayne’s rap style to open up and neutralize her prior Romney shout-out with a line that says, “I did a freestyle and got a shout out from Obama.” The varying pace in Nicki’s rapping, coupled up with Ciara’s infectious vocals, make for a winner that will land a spot on the “Getting Ready” playlist.
“I Endorse These Strippers” Feat. Tyga & Thomas Brinx:
And what is an album these days without a good ol’ stripper anthem? Nicki Minaj is giving her endorsement to the strippers. Nicki gets a little raunchy over a two-step beat featuring Tyga and Thomas Brinx, who also show love for the strippers seeking endorsement on the pole. Best line? Hands down, “boobs boobs boobs boobs, lot of boobs,” because we presume that is exactly what the strippers will jiggle while they two-step to this.
“The Boys” Featuring Cassie
This track takes a futuristic wrangle on the club scene and is sure to find itself the subject of a plethora of vogue music remixes. Nicki’s strong vocals and rough raps lend themselves melodically to Cassie’s computerized voice over the hook. “The Boys” definitely has “dance in the mirror to this” material with staying power in the club scene.
“Va Va Voom”
You’ve heard this in constant rotation on just about every Top 40 radio station, so we already know how this ends.
The Re-Up is in stores now, with 8 new tracks to give you a re-up on your Nicki prescription.