Part 1 of my Pink Friday review left off with “Blazing,” the ninth track of the album, but Nicki has 10 more tracks available from the regular edition, Deluxe Edition, Best Buy version, and iTunes album. Most of the gentler tracks were in the first half, leaving way for some faster and sicker rhymes. On top of those, there are the 6 bonus tracks, which are deliriously enjoyable and an incredible treat for Nicki’s fans. To me, these tracks are usually the closest thing to a live performance because of their non-over-polished and free nature, consequently shielded from the scrutiny of what’s going to “make” the album.

“Here I Am” kicks off the second half of Pink Friday and Nicki goes H-A-R-D. The reality of the lyrics and the piano/drum beat have this New York feel to them that I’d expect from Jay Z, but Nicki completely tears it up with this sad tale of lost love capped with “I am woman, hear me roar.” This raw vibe carries right on into “Dear Old Nicki,” a fascinating introspective reflection on who Nicki was compared to who she is now. Kane Beatz knocks another beat out of the park with a lullaby piano melody over fast drums and low-synthed beat. Fame in mainstream music is always such a monster, and it’s always eye-opening to get a firsthand account of exactly what it means for the artist to be moving up yet away from who they were when they started.

Pink Friday then returns to the first single, “Your Love,” which we introduced you to in July. Having this track in context of the other tracks puts it so far over the moon. We’ve got the whole tender side from some of the tracks on the first half, but this more assertive attitude mixed with the feeling of being really into someone makes the album the gem that it is. I’m still so very much in love with the video, and I’m now thrilled that it was this track that introduced her debut album because it contains the emotion and expression that her appearances on other artists’ tracks did not show.

Young Money certainly has this penchant for closing out their albums with emotional yet sick tracks, and Nicki carries on the tradition. Natasha Bedingfield is on board “Last Chance” to close out the regular editions of Pink Friday, and it’s a good one to close with. Nicki lays down some fast and crazy flows that assert her independence. She uses a bunch of different voices in this one, and they all still culminate into a great pop/rap track. Natasha has that uplifting quality to her voice and lyrical style, and it’s a nice mix with Nicki’s rhythm.

“Super Bass” kicks off the first of the bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition, and just on first listen, anyone who bought the album would be glad they did because the track is siiiiiiick. Kane Beatz rocks another track out and Nicki’s flows are just as sick to match:

I mean, you’re so shy and I’m loving your tie
You’re like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye, oh
Yes I did, yes I did, somebody please tell him who the F I is
I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up, back coupes up, and chuck the deuce up

It’s a love track, but Nicki’s verses are crazy good and super fast. Wildly talented singer-songwriter Ester Dean (uncredited) sings the choruses, and I actually really like her voice in contrast to the songs in which Nicki sings the choruses. The title being synonymous to what this amazing guy has actually really works.

“Blow Ya Mind” has a straight up dancehall/drum n’ bass beat that is on the Missy Elliot addictive level. The nastiness of the track is totally refreshing because of the overall lack of sexual lyrics on the regular edition’s tracks. The chorus sounds like it was intended for Lenny Kravitz, and I love that Nicki rapped this track in the style of Peaches and M.I.A. I’m really glad Blackout Movement’s track made the cut because the beat is tremendous.

“Muny” was instantly one of my favorites because of the bouncy beat, humor of the chorus, and the in-your-face lyrics:

Hatin’ and I know they got a reason why
I ain’t got to wonder if I want to lease or buy
And I dictate how I’m gon’ piece the pie
I ain’t talkin’ about no muthaf-ckin pizza pie

If you don’t know, I LOVE tracks about money that bleed with swagger, and this is definitely one of them. The Material Girl shout out to Madonna is very refreshing especially after tearing Lil Kim apart on “Roman’s Revenge.” If you’re anything like Peter Griffin and you enjoy hearing the title in the track/movie, you’ll love this one because Pink Friday is mentioned.

On my playlist, the track seamlessly mixes into the Best Buy exclusive tracks, “Wave Ya Hand” and “Catch Me,” both produced by Swizz Beatz. The European sound of the beat in “Wave Ya Hand” is highly enjoyable and, again, a beautiful contrast to the American sound of the preceding tracks. With the large amount of ballads on the main album, I can see why “Catch Me” was left out, but I’m still very glad it made its way onto one of the versions. The main album doesn’t really have any heartbreak tracks about a guy that’s not her father, and this, once more, reveals another side of Nicki Minaj.

“Girls Fall Like Dominoes,” the last of the bonus tracks, is one of my favorite tracks, and it’s only available on iTunes. Nicki’s oft-requested autograph on boobs is no secret, and this is rapped about in a really charming track about girls. Her comfort and admiration of the female form is so refreshing especially in the land of hip hop, which has the reputation of being very homophobic. Eminem did slip a slur in “Roman’s Revenge,” which I was disappointed by, but I was very pleased to know that Roman Zolanski is in fact Nicki’s gay boy alter ego.

After listening to Pink Friday a few times, I’m really glad that Nicki released these various editions now as opposed to rereleasing Pink Friday in a few months and thus implying that some pretentious commercial act must be done to improve album sales. Pink Friday is simply THE rap album to have of 2010; there’s really no way around it. Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kanye, and T.I. all put out new material this year, but the fresh, unique, and sick sound of Nicki Minaj puts her right up in the ranks of the aforementioned. She is ALREADY nominated for a Grammy, specifically, Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for her appearance with Ludacris on “My Chick Bad.” Her heaviest competition just so happens to be her label mate, Drake who had T.I. and Swizz Beats on “Fancy.” Regardless of the outcome, the continuous honors that Nicki receives and strong album sales are enough to tell anyone that Nicki is here to stay and take over the rap world.

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