Nicki Minaj: ‘Roman Reloaded’ Represents ‘Freedom’

Nicki Minaj

With less than a month to go before its release, more details are starting to emerge on Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The fierce femcee took to Twitter to inform her fans of what’s in store.

“I am ABSOLUTELY in LOVE w/this f@%#ing ALBUM!!!!!!! Like!!! AbsoFCNGlutely in LOVE barbz!!!!!!!!!!!!” tweeted an excited Nicki.

When asked to describe the album in one word, she responded, “FREEDOM.”

The follow-up to her 2010 debut Pink Friday will feature 22 tracks when it arrives on April 3. She is planning to release at least one more “teaser” before the project drops.

A tour is set to follow, touching down in the U.S. this summer. Dates will be announced soon.

Nicki has been in the studio with Hit-Boy, Dr. Luke, Ester Dean (“Super Bass”), and Rico Beats (“Roman Reloaded”), among others. “There’s more surprises this time,” said “Your Love” producer Pop of Pop & Oak. “I think she’s proven, like, ‘Yo, I can rap. I’m probably the best girl to really do this shit ever.’ Now she’s more comfortable and she’s having a little more fun.”

A video for “Starships” was recently shot. The RedOne-produced single is currently No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.



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90 Comments

  1. RAH RAH

    O.

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    Lil Kim Reply:

    @RAH RAH, O.M.G. Nicki Minaj is going to slay my entire existence once again like she did with Pink Friday! She putting out her 2nd album before mines even comes out! *slits wrists*

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    Rap-Upper Reply:

    @Lil Kim, Calm down. We all know this album is gonna be shit. Everyone single she has released from it has been a sad Lil’ Kim diss.

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    Logic Reply:

    @Rap-Upper, more like slavery of the simple minds…eh?

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    janelle Reply:

    @Rap-Upper, thats not even true so yall are really meat ridding

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    Aimanos Reply:

    @Lil Kim, I agree. Its such a shame because Nicki proved she is a very talented rapper on her mixtapes but Pink Friday was rubish. Roman Reloaded is going to be worse. She sits there busting shots at Lil’ Kim and thats it.. -_-

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    Hannah Reply:

    @Aimanos, I agree.All her rap songs from the album were dedicated to Lil’ Kim and are lyrically weak. Dear old Nicki please call back. WISH THEY WOULD JUST COLLAB ALREADY !

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    Spartenia Reply:

    @Hannah,
    Yeah. I hear people talking about how courteous she’s being by dropping 22 singles, but she already released about 5 or 6 of them. Basically it’s a smart idea at this time. It’s basically 2 albums worth of music. Everyone should be able to like atleast a couple of the tracks. I’ll wait for the leak & go from there. If I like it then I’ll get it. If I don’t, then it cost me nothing. I expect lots of pop. I like pop AND other genres, I just feel that she’s a better rapper (circa 2010 on back… W/ the exception of Superbass) then anything else. With her Pepsi commercial & maybe a few other things pumping she may see #’s her first week… Maybe about 100,000- 150,000 more than last time.

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    Spartenia Reply:

    @Spartenia,
    Regardless of what Others or my self say… Shes about to break a record for highest charting female rapper in the UK since Missy Elliott with “Starships” which is basically their type of music. I don’t have an issue with her crossing over, I do have an issue with her getting hip-hop accolades for shiiii that’s not even hip-hop. My thoughts are this, why should she get a pass if people like Flo Rida, Pitbull, Ke$ha & the Black Eyed Peas get snubbed for doing the SAME (even better) crossover music? Why don’t we give them credit too. She’s doing stuff that’s no better than Fergie IMO (except Fergie can perform & really sing). I’m not HATING before the people start… (I actually REALLY liked her at one point) but now she’s ridding off hype to me. “Starships” is aiight… I can sling my hair to it, but it’s average & is apart of this dance music craze. It’s just a $$$$ move & I can’t be entirely mad. Just cut the shiiii about this being hip-hop because she raps occasionally.

    Kody Reply:

    @Spartenia, you must be dumb bc stupid hoe and roman in moscow are not even on the damn cd and neither are the so called leaked songs.. EVERYONE ASSumes its about kim but nicki aint gotta worry about that bitch for a long ass time you damn haters take too much time to bitch about something fuckk!

    KimNationCaribbean Reply:

    @Lil Kim, damn ” Lil Kim stay on y’all brains”

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  2. Jordan

    Mad hype!! 4 weeks left!

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    @Lewis_Bennett Reply:

    @Jordan, AAAAHHHH SO EXCITED!!!

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  3. Daire

    This album is gonna be shit, Nicki has completly sold out,defintley not gonna buy it

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    Jordan K. Reply:

    @Daire, Nicki hasn’t sold out. There’s a difference between selling out and crossing over. She’s mainstream now and has to cater to people who like the pop songs like Super Bass and people who like her rap songs too. She didn’t ask for Super Bass to be so big but it was and now Starships is becoming big too. She’s multifaceted, get over it and stop being so one track minded, this is the entertainment business and she is just that. An entertainer.

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    JussSayin Reply:

    @Jordan K.,
    She just took it to far. In my opinion.
    You didnt see Michael Jackson or Madonna trying to be a rapper when it was a fad.
    Not hating on her crossing over.. get your money girl!!! But.. she aint getting mines. I wont spend money to listen to song like Starships. For that I will buy LMFAO and Katy Perry.
    I dont know.. i think it was too soon.. to over exaggerated. Again.. thats just MY opinion.

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    Jordan K. Reply:

    @JussSayin, I respect others opinions but listen to the album first. It’s called Roman Reloaded for a reason. I’m sure there will be rap songs for every rap fan’s liking on there.

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    JussSayin Reply:

    @Jordan K.,
    Oh nah for sure.. when the album leaks.. i will definitely listen to it.
    IF its good and im blown away.. I will probably buy it.
    IF its full of starship songs AND the other rap songs are like Stupid Ho, Roman Revenge, Roman Holiday (Roman Reloaded is ok). Then i will just move that folder to the trash.
    I wish she had released ONE good rap song (not dedicated to Lil Kim) and ONE good pop song.
    I think I would have respected that a little more!

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    Spartenia Reply:

    @JussSayin,
    I agree w/ this statement 10000009986432%

    WonderLand19 Reply:

    @JussSayin, Co-Sign
    This Nicki is not the nicki i fell in love with and who brought ‘Pink Friday’. That Nicki gave me lyrics, production and freshness that was needed in the industry. People are makin the excuse saying the quality of music has changed becaused she is trying to ‘Cross- over’ or get that “White” money. For me, Onika has got lazy and is releasing utter rubbish because SHE thinks its pop. I love Pop music so i find it disrepectful when she claims its Pop. NO, its just crap music. Plus, her so called ‘Hip Hop’ tracks are below advantage at best. Right now, Onika doesn’t know who she wants to be. One day shes Nicki, the other Lady Gaga, the next Rihanna, the next Katy Perry, the next LMFAO, the next lil Wayne. Nothing this era has impressed me and her attitude has turned me off big time. When the world is telling her the grammy performance was wack, she justed went on attack mold. Calling us haters.
    i wont be buying this album and i dont think this will be the big hit her ‘Barbz’ are making out it will be. Her “Cross-Over” market dont buy albums. They buy singles. Her hard-core urban market buy albums and we are not feeling her. I feel this album is gonna flop because she wasnt able to balance both the “Urban” and “pop” fans. You never saw Missy being reduced to this. Her material was allways strong and had cross- over appeal. When Nicki’s back, i’ll be back.

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    mmmm Reply:

    @WonderLand19, yea I agree, It woulda been cool if she let ppl know she wanted to dabble in other genre’s I think she’s just getting lazy like you said and she kinda transitioned really fast look at usher he can weave in and out of genres and He’ll still make great songs cause he’s a great artist with onika it seemed like mon she’s a rapper then tues she’s a popstar to me she’s just moving with what will make her a quick buck;i don’t think she really has a passion for pop.

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    Spartenia Reply:

    @mmmm,
    I agree totally.

    Abz Reply:

    @JussSayin, its easier to change from rapper to singer than singer to rapper

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    Esi53 Reply:

    @Abz, That’s true.. I mean look at Chris Brown. I still view him as a singer, not a rapper. It’s just weird.

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  4. Jordan K.

    Get ready for it.

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  5. sheem

    Not even gonna lie I’m not really a Nicki fan but I’m gonna cop the album.

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    Jordan K. Reply:

    @sheem, Yup, she’s gonna have a big variety of songs on there…22…she’s proud of this work and I know on April 3rd some people will be impressed even though they don’t admit it.

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  6. JussSayin

    I wonder if fans realize she a SMART ass girl.
    She drops all these singles.. and people pay for them on Itunes (She gets paid).
    She drops the album and people buy it. (She gets paid… again).

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    nojusthenry Reply:

    @JussSayin,
    if you buy a song from itunes, the album is cheaper… u dont pay for the songs twice.. thats why it gives the option to “complete your album”

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  7. SaJO

    THIS ALBUM IS GONNA BE AMAZING. IM SURE ITS NOT GOING TO BE A STREET HIP-HOP ALBUM… BUT JUST A FUN ALBUM OVERALL… WHICH IS WHAT I NEEEEEEEED!!!

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  8. ActionFifure_TM (Donnie)

    I’m So Ready For The Album.. We’re Getting 22 Mutha Frkn Songs! Lets Get It ! #TeamMinaj.. Love You Nic <3

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  9. Ivey Buliee Cassiara

    Let see how much she sold this Album when it come out

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  10. :O youMADstayMAD

    i’m so ready. this album is about to SLAYYYYYYY! haters are not ALLOWED so the negativity isn’t need. 04.03.12 <<—— get ready for it, she came to WIN! Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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  11. uh....hold up lil boo

    22 songs is waaaaaaayyyyyy too much. Love her, but I do not wanna hear this same album’s singles stretched out for the next 4yrs.

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    Jordan K. Reply:

    @uh….hold up lil boo, won’t be the same type of singles…you can’t judge an album off singles…as cliche as it sounds. You don’t know what it will sound like.

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  12. Alex

    I’m confused didn’t she say on the last album she was free to do whatever she wants?…. anyway I’m still buying the album

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    NICKI STAN !!!!! Reply:

    @Alex, You’re taking it in the wrong way (Pauz) , she meant she was “Free” to do what she wanted with her album by not letting her label throw this beat & that sound at her & make her but it out she felt as though she had something to prove with her debut album now this go round she’s just having fun & being “Free” that’s why she’s describing it as a “freedom” type of album

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    SdotB Reply:

    @NICKI STAN !!!!!, she saying it’s a “freedom” album to cover up the fact she knows she’s been putting out shyt and she’s too lazy to put in effort to make quality music. Her “freedom” ultimately may not be a good look (or sound) for her!!

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  13. andy

    I’m too excited for words.

    & idc who’s buying it & who’s not. As long as I know I’m going to buy it.

    Nicki will be good.

    PF numbers < PF:RR numbers

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  14. >PF:RR 4.3.12

    waiting on it like others,keep doing you nicki.

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  15. BeenAFan

    Damn 22 songs to remember ; I’m so excited nicki is a smart girl making money and she’s doing it big right now hands down I’m so excited and I think she has a song with drake called fast life ugh 040312 so ready

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  16. OnikaCarter

    I need this album rap up!!!

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  17. anonymous

    I hope people soon realize Nicki isn’t a rapper (ok I know she is, BUT) SHE IS AN ENTERTAINER! first and always, and right now, she’s doing what she gotta do to keep that money fannin’. If you can comprehend that, then you won’t need to comment about what you want her to be or her music to sound like. It’s all just entertainment, plain and simple. …By the way, she gotta body like an AMAZOOOONNN! lmao!

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    Speechless Reply:

    @anonymous, So this is all about money to you and her? Cuz if so then you really shouldnt be talking.

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    anonymous Reply:

    @Speechless, pls check my reply below!

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    hello? Reply:

    @anonymous, so It’s okay to let her rip you off? wow you sound like an ass; this is why she doesn’t try anymore cause your letting her take your money no matter how her songs sound, wow If I had fans like you i wouldn’t try either, the fans make an artists and you should encourage her to make better out of the box material instead of feeding into her bull, you have power you know, just sayin.

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    anonymous Reply:

    @hello?, LOL you think I’m listening to any of her music? no wait, you think I’m buying any of her music? NEITHER! LMAO! nah, playa I’m with ya’ll ALL DAY. I think she’s clowning too, so don’t get it twisted. I’m just stating the obvious. She’s doing what she thinks is gonna keep her paid. And she’s entitled. NOW, whether or not those of us who have ears like it, that’s whole diff. story.

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  18. nojusthenry

    i love what she has come out with… stupid hoe is an acquired taste… more for ghetto girls and gays like myself… roman in moscow i didnt care for… i love starships, turn me on, and roman reloaded… she is doing awesome chart wise for starships and turn me on… i do hope for some old nicki, but as a fan i like her stages of evolving.. if she stayed the ‘old nicki’ only people wouldnt care for her… evolution is key… how she chooses to evolve is up to her… im on board with it… :) super excited..

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    SdotB Reply:

    @nojusthenry, sorry but “turn me on” isn’t her song, it’s David Guetta’s…and what do u mean by “if she stayed the old nicki, people wouldn’t care for her”?? No, people don’t care for her NOW b/c she isn’t giving u the “old nicki”…she didn’t evolve, she completely sold out to try and be something else. Evolving is about taking ur craft and making it better, maturing ur artistry, and showing strength and progress in ur music…she hasn’t done ANY of the above…instead, she’s giving us lack-luster performances (she’s supposed to be an “Entertainer” right?), rubbish and effortless music that have no meaning at all, and immature and unprofessional behavior by calling her fans “haters” for expressing their honest opinion about her recent music! And for that, she’s wack! I was with Nicki all the way, and WAS a fan…but the “Turn Me On” singer is slowly “Turning Me Off”!!!!

    People will soon enough get tired of her gimmicks and she will be trying to bring back that “old nicki” that made her famous in the first place! Watch!

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  19. itsme

    Nicki is claiming “FREEDOM” because this album is going to be TRASH and she is pretty much setting up herself for the bashing….everyone will question her and say “what is this shyt!” and she will respond by saying “I wanted to be creative and do something different…” ie the “FREEDOM” she is talking about…

    This album is gonna be a POP MESS!

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    SdotB Reply:

    @itsme, wow, i said almost the EXACT same thing in my comment earlier!!!! This whole “FREEDOM” thing is an excuse! She’s tryna cover up the fact her music this time around has been mediocre at best!

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    Renzo Reply:

    @SdotB, not.

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  20. Kyle

    Wow, 22 tracks?? I’m excited to hear it. I haven’t been really too pleased with some of the songs she has released from this album yet but I was a little skeptic on “Pink Friday” and I was pleased with that album. I’ll reserve my judgement until April 3rd. And yes, I will be buying the album!!!

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  21. Shakur

    April 3 is gonna be a HUGE Day !!!! …. I can not wait till I get her album . Nicki Minaj has come an long way since her mixtape days . Nicki has proven to me and others why she is not to be taking lightly. I ‘am really proud of her and I know Pink Friday Roman Reloaded is gonna do Big Things in the music industry . She really has put these rap b*tches on the map again .Nicki Minaj has expand her fan base and every since Super Bass she has taken her career to new heights .

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  22. @TaiMiicel

    EXCITEDDDD

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  23. Blaze

    I need to see the track list then I will see

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  24. >PF:RR 4.3.12

    track list soon.

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  25. lol

    sorry im a big fan and all but none of the stuff she put out so far was sh!t im not getting the album i just listen 2 it when it hits the internet for free cuz this aint worth my money

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    Renzo Reply:

    @lol, no one care bitch

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  26. Play time is over

    I love it when people underestimate nicki ! I swear I really get a kick out of it. LOL Nicki said she, her self, absoutely love this album.. the last time she said she love something so much , was when she released “Beam Me Up Scotty” and i know Every one LOVED that mixtape…. “Stupied Hoe was a buzz single and so was Roman In Moscow , it was to get everyone talking…and what did it do ? It got yall talking about the album ! I dont even think there gonna be on the album , to be honest. the songs yall should be paying attention to is “Roman Reloaded” and “Starships” Those are the official singles ! All im saying is , ive been a fan of nicki since her mixtape dayz, i know what shes capable of …

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Play time is over, Buzz singles are supposed to get people excited, and build up anticipation…unfortunately, it has done the contrary for her…yes, people were talking, but the conversations were NEGATIVE! And if i’m not mistaken, those “buzz singles” were originally her official singles…when they got negative reviews, she tried to downplay them as “buzz”, why u think she pushed the album back by 2 months?? hmmm

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  27. YES

    1) really excited about the 22 tracks. stupid hoe was not that great. and roman in moscow was funny in a good way. but if she has other songs like roman reloaded and goes with slower pop songs like young forever, this album will be awesome. 2) i feel she should have used this photo or ones from this photo shoot for an album cover. im feeling more of a roman vibe from it :PP

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  28. Morgan

    @Wonderland19 I wish I could like your comment, oh gosh SO FREAKING TRUE.

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  29. GURL!

    not buying it. NEXT

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    Renzo Reply:

    @GURL!, nobody ask, next

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  30. Hugh

    Imma buy it.

    Think it will be the biggest rap album of the year

    Love that pic

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    YouStupid? Reply:

    @Hugh, “Rap”?

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  31. Tuesday

    this Bitch about to bring something Better bring something new or else her album can be Suck to da lowest point

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  32. Tuesday

    this bueetch is gonna bring something or else her album will be suck to the lowest point

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  33. Tuesday

    ber her album gonna be Bad

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  34. Trinity

    This will be the biggest rap album of 2012 and sales will go through the roof.I’m buying for every member of my family. My Mom, Dad, brother and 2 sisters. That way they won’t touch mine lol.

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    YouStupid? Reply:

    @Trinity, Right. It’s gonna be the biggest pop album this year. can’t wait! ^_^

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  35. nicki won

    im buying 10 copies of her album 5 because im a fan and i love her and the other 5 im going to give to five of her haters because they are undercover fans they love her as much as i do!teamminaj we making history again with this one i can feel it a little pop but the rest hip hop old nicki cannot wait!

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  36. RDK

    waiting on it like everyone else,who is thinking like me.

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  37. Lea

    Nicki is garbage.Only her d*ck-riding fans will buy this album,just so she wont flop.

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    Renzo Reply:

    @Lea, u mad?

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    RDK Reply:

    @Lea,go burn in the sun t.urd.

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  38. Layla

    Pink Friday was trash,so no I will not be buying this album.

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    Siera. Reply:

    @Layla, No one asked you to buy it, fuck you click the link for then bitch!

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    Renzo Reply:

    @Layla, nobody care

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  39. Siera.

    4.3.12 Yall mufuckas aint ready!!!!!

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  40. YASSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    wish you luck hoe. but it dont matter rather it sells or not. you mixtapes are still better than your studio albums. Ki

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  41. She came to WIN.

    I’m sick of people that hate Nicki assuming the album is going to be “shit” or “trash”. You have NO idea what the album is going to sound like. Don’t assume shit you know nothing about, especially if you (so called) “HATE” Nicki. At the end of they day, ‘Starships’ and ‘Roman Reloaded’ (the OFFICIAL singles) sound NOTHING a like. Therefore, we don’t really know what to expect. Even TeamMinaj are not very sure what Nicki’s got up her sleeve, but best believe we KNOW she’s gonna go hard. How do we know that? Because we know what she is capable of, and let’s not forget, the album is called Pink Friday: ROMAN Reloaded and Roman ALWAYS goes hard. Your biggest mistake would be to underestimate her. She’s not going to let anyone or anything box her into one genre, so just sit back, wait for the album and deal with it.

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  48. Arieft

    I;m not the hugest fan of Nicki’s Roman songs, lhuaotgh I did love Roman’s Revenge off of Pink Friday. I think at this point people have probably dissed on her saying she’s gone to commercial or she’s sold out cause she was the bad bitch barbie . Before Pink Friday even hit it big she was doing all these guest spots on tracks for other artists and that’s what intrigued us all about her. she got bigger and bigger with each guest spot leading up to Pink Friday. I think she needs to do some major retooling before April 3rd, but she’s not out of the game yet. JUST STOP RELEASING ROMAN TRACKS NICKI! PLEASE!!

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