Nicki Minaj, “Blazin'” and "Moment 4 Life”

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Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday

Pink Friday, if “Moment 4 Life” and “Blazin'” indicate anything, is trying to tell us that Nicki Minaj can sing on tape. And as go the huge guest spot tracks, so goes the whole leaked album. If you trust the chorus. If that's the game, Pink Friday is Minaj's stab at crossover appeal while riding the “I'm still hood / Hollywood couldn't change me” mantle. Better than Rihanna. Or it's her as the female Drake. Who cares; if you drink the syrup you'll slurp this up.

“Moment 4 Life”. This is a lot like that time “Find Your Love” came out and Drake released his inner wanker. It's Nicki Minaj going for that inner sap dollar. Hopefully you do not sell her yours, there are so many others looking for you to ante up (we are not referring to Rihanna, though we did think she was on this track, too).

Nicki Minaj, “Moment 4 Life” (Feat. Drake)

“Blazin'” opens with that syrupy Minaj vocal style we hadn't gotten too many tastes of, a quick taste of her Busta verse (hate it or love it), and more of the syrup. Kanye is there. And it won't go away, if for no other reason because it's called “Blazin'”.

Nicki Minaj, “Blazin'” (Feat. Kanye West)

Pink Friday, out November 22 on Young Money.