Nicki Minaj, The 02 Arena, London

Nicki Minaj, The 02 Arena, London

"Who here got someone they wanna shit on tonight?" Nicki Minaj asks the O2 Arena before launching into faecal-themed brag track 'Did It On 'Em'. Though her performance has arena show production values - shedloads of dry ice, ripped backing dancers...

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Nicki Minaj - 'The Pinkprint'

Nicki Minaj - 'The Pinkprint'

What to make of Nicki Minaj. The 32-year-old banged on the door of hip-hop’s boys club with explosive second mixtape ‘Sucka Free’ in 2008. In 2010, she kicked it clean off its hinges with the raging, electric ‘Pink Friday’, a debut album...

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Ciara feat. Nicki Minaj - 'I'm Out'

Ciara feat. Nicki Minaj - 'I'm Out'

Ciara’s marketing team recently posted a Groupon for her new album, promising “a hunk of her aura” with all copies. Ci has a better deal: her and Nicki going two-for-two as they slay weak exes and their wannabe new girlfriends over a...

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Nicki Minaj - 'Pound The Alarm'

Nicki Minaj - 'Pound The Alarm'

?Even when lumbered with what should be a stinker, young Onika’s still got enough bad-ass charisma to wring some brilliance out of it. In anyone else’s hands, ‘Pound The Alarm’ is naught but a trance-trodden charmless ringtone. Factor in...

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Nicki Minaj - 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'

Nicki Minaj - 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'

There's a line in 'Come On The Cone', that sums up Nicki Minaj too well: “ You want a look? Get me on your song/But you know it'll cost you/About six figures long ”. Not only does it exemplify the dead-eyed mercenary nature of a lot of Nicki's...

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Nicki Minaj ft Lil Wayne - 'Roman Reloaded'

Nicki Minaj ft Lil Wayne - 'Roman Reloaded'

Worried you’d lost Nicki to pop-art plasticity? Let her remind you who’s the real deal. Over a grinding, stark beat, she seethes “ Nicki pop? The only thing that’s pop is my endorsement op ”, riding roughshod and raw over haters with...

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Nicki Minaj, 'Starships'

Nicki Minaj, 'Starships'

"Generobanger". That's my one-word summary of the new Nicki Minaj tune. It's called 'Starships', it's the "official lead single" from her potentially career-shaping second album, and it's a studio hook-up with RedOne. Him again. Here, he's taken...

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Nicki Minaj - 'Marilyn Monroe'

Nicki Minaj - 'Marilyn Monroe'

The tragic, babydoll Marilyn Monroe metaphor might feel hackneyed, but coming out of Nicki’s mouth it’s all sorts of shocking, and perhaps that’s the point. Swirling, self-aware and bolstered with early-noughties Dallas Austin production,...

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Nicki Minaj - 'Stupid Hoe'

Nicki Minaj - 'Stupid Hoe'

Minaj is back and grouchier than Gretchen Weiners on Atkins. Her new single is a mishmash of playground taunts and deranged rants aimed at Lil Kim – at one point, Minaj calls Kim “ Baby Bop ”, Barney’s dinosaur pal to whom she bares an...

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This Week's Singles Reviewed (18/04/11)

This Week's Singles Reviewed (18/04/11)

While Record Store Day took place at the weekend, celebrating the ever-rarer music shop with a load of treasures from Radiohead , White Stripes and Warpaint, the music industry continued pumping out new releases at a relentless rate. Let's look...

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