Album Review: "Pink Friday 2" By Nicki Minaj (7/10)

Young Money Entertainment / Republic Records

Producer: Various

Hailed as the queen of rap, Nicki Minaj is protecting her throne with Pink Friday 2—a sequel to her acclaimed debut. The album is celebration of Minaj’s rap creativity and ambitiousness. Although it relies heavily on samples, including Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over,” that can be a hit or a miss. Minaj’s best work comes when she speaks from the heart, from the tragic loss of her father in “Last Time I Saw You” to her growth as an artist in “Just The Memories.” – Jacqueline Naranjo