The Pinkprint

Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2014 Ratings: #619 / 845
User Score
Based on 284 ratings
2014 Ratings: #352
December 15, 2014 / Release Date
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Young Money / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Sputnikmusic

Minaj’s latest release is a complicated being, one that might never sit easy, but the layers she provides for the listener to peel through provide for an engaging and ultimately satisfying experience.

80
Exclaim!

Nicki is more personal, more timeless and more connected to her own artistry here, serving some of the most superlative work of her established career on The Pinkprint, as the rap queen uncovers the most vulnerable side to her yet

80
HipHopDX

The Pinkprint runs a middle path between pop over exertion and real lyricism, creating an everything for someone aesthetic that Nicki doesn't allow to shift into wastefullness.

80
Rolling Stone

Riding diabolically hot beats from producers like Mike Will Made It and Hit-Boy, she breathes fire and oozes soul every time she touches the mic. This is a rap royal in full flex.

80
FACT Magazine

The Pinkprint is ultimately Nicki’s most cohesive project. It’s her most revealing about her recent and long-term emotional struggles

80
AllMusic

A bold progression from her previous work with some porno and punch line classics thrown in, The Pinkprint is certainly scattered, but it's well written and weighty where it needs to be, and it remains intriguing the whole way through.

75
Pitchfork

It’s not a return to Mixtape Nicki, or a third round of Nicki The Brand’s world-conquering dance-pop. It’s an album by Onika Maraj. And it’s a serious album, in the sense that it asks to be taken seriously.

75
A.V. Club

The PinkPrint is the closest Nicki Minaj has ever gotten to balancing her tendencies, and the furthest she’s ever been from emotional stability.

70
Spin

The Pinkprint overwhelmingly shifts the MC out of the competitive mindset into a more personal one than anything she'd previously put her name on.

67
Consequence of Sound

If The Pinkprint is a letdown compared to The Blueprint, then Minaj brought it on herself. However, as a breakup album that takes heartbreak in every direction possible, it provides a template worth imitating.

60
Time Out London

This third album is the New Yorker’s most cohesive collection yet, but also her least thrilling.

50
NME

Minaj’s third album comes off as a bog-standard chart-ready hip-hop/pop crossover, full of autotuned choruses, guest spots, scatterings of dance music, big singles and ample padding – at 19 tracks it feels twice as long as it should be. 

50
The 405

Nicki Minaj just isn't that good anymore, sadly.

43
Pretty Much Amazing

The Pinkprint not only doesn’t succeed in breaking free from Nicki’s pattern of lame, but, in fact, might mark her least impressive release to date.

asjklas
72
If Pink Friday established her as a voice with versatility and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded established her as a voice with commercial impact, The Pinkprint at last establishes her as a voice altogether. It’s her most accomplished album to date. Especially its first half, where Nicki Minaj—no, not ‘Roman Zolanski’ or ‘Barbie’, but Onika Maraj herself—highlights her vulnerability on “All Things Go”, “I Lied”, and “The Crying ... read more
FinalLifeline
80
The third and least uneven of Nicki's albums to date, especially if you count the bonus tracks. This is the first album where I actually feel that Nicki is enjoying herself, and it shows on tracks like "Shanghai" and "Want Some More", where Nicki is taunting her competitors while maintaining that there actually aren't any competitors on her level yet. This kind of braggadocio has been a constant from the start of Nicki's career, but this is the first time since ... read more
dyelir
76
Nicki Minaj's sound is refreshing in her third album, The Pinkprint, an album that displays her personal side much better than her first two LPs. The dichotomy between rap and pop is still evident here but it is more intertwined than anything this time around, making this album easily her most listenable and consistent.
holyfishpaste
67
who's the idiot who decided Truffle Butter doesn't deserve to be on the main album?!?
also every emotional song on here sounds the same
and there's so much pop influence that any interesting song idea,
like Trini Dem Girls, becomes bogged down instead of allowed to be the freak it is! Why Nicki why!!!

also there's a song called Big Daddy about rap's favorite cuckhold Meek Mill...

thank goodness the singles are some of her best tracks period.

fave tracks: ANACONDA DON"T FREAKING LIE TO ... read more
luisdelrey2016
71
► BEST TRACKS: "The Crying Game", "Feeling Myself", "Trini Dem Girls", "The Night Is Still Young", "Pills and Potions", "Bed of Lies" and "Grand Piano"
► WORST TRACKS: "Want Some More", "Four Door Aventador" and "Big Daddy"
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#11/Flavorwire
#14/Complex
#47/Pazz & Jop

MISC LISTS

#33/SPIN (Hip Hop)

Track List

  1. All Things Go
  2. I Lied
  3. The Crying Game
  4. Get On Your Knees [ft. Ariana Grande]
  5. Feeling Myself ft. Beyoncé
  6. Only [ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown]
  7. Want Some More
  8. Four Door Aventador
  9. Favorite [ft. Jeremih]
  10. Buy A Heart [ft. Meek Mill ]
  11. Trini Dem Girls [ft. Lunchmoney Lewis]
  12. Anaconda
  13. The Night Is Still Young
  14. Pills and Potions
  15. Bed of Lies [ft. Skylar Grey]
  16. Grand Piano
  17. Big Daddy [ft. Meek Mill]
  18. Shanghai
  19. Win Again
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