The single begins with a gun-cock and fire. OK, her shit bangs. I get it.
“Roman Reloaded” is the second “official” single off Nicki Minaj’s upcoming full-length Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (two promotional singles as well). While it is exponentially better than the prior three releases, it is still missing a certain flair which was strikingly evident throughout Pink Friday. However, there are definitely similarities; for instance, her vulgarity and hardness make a much-appreciated return. Although, following the Britney Spears/Kesha-like “Starships,” anything would sound hard. What a debacle that was. All things being equal, it is at least reminiscent of the 2010 release, and that in itself is a breath of fresh air.
The basic beat of the track is extremely similar to “Roman’s Revenge” (personal favorite), minus the glittery synth element of course. Similarities are found with the bass-snare (artificial, obviously) combo that is present from start to finish. Typically the lesser complex beats come across much heavier in the genre. “Roman Reloaded” is a prime example of that rule. The aforementioned hardness that Minaj brings to the track is only escalated by the beat. The shortness of the verses is noteworthy in my opinion. I assume she is just hell-bent on pounding the chorus into your skull.
A differentiator between “Roman’s Revenge” and “Roman Reloaded” is the loss of Eminem, and the addition of Lil’ Wayne. While Eminem delivered and maintained a beautiful balance with Minaj throughout “Revenge,” Wayne is more of an annoyance than anything on “Reloaded.” 1:54 into the track the familiar tone chimes in, or giggles I should say (he also gives his best Lil’ Jon impression). From there he adds two short verses and closes the track with a copy-cat version of the chorus. The fact that this bit closes the song is extremely disappointing. Similar to the ridiculously unbalanced “Blazin” off Pink Friday (Kanye West’s verse falls galaxies short), you would think she would have learned her lesson the first time around.
For the most part, I am satisfied with the release. It is at least somewhat mirrored by her debut and is clearly superior to the previous three releases in late 2011 and early 2012. While I remain uneasy about the new album, the hopefulness and excitement has returned. Get her sophomore release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, in stores April 3, 2012.
Bitches and Chris Bosh beware!