|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up|
|Reissue by Nicki Minaj|
|Released||November 19, 2012|
|Length||32:32 (Disc 1)|
68:59 (Disc 2)
74:18 (Disc 3)
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic|
|Nicki Minaj chronology|
|Singles from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up|
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up (also known as just The Re-Up or Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded the Re-Up) is a reissue album of Nicki Minaj's sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, released on November 19, 2012.
On September 6 at the 2012 VMA red carpet, Nicki told E! News that she will release new material in November and will be putting lots of new songs, and the 1st single would be released in the next week. On September 10, Minaj started a "Q&A time", using the hashtag "#TheReUp". She revealed that she hadn't finished recording, that it would be released in another CD, that Lil Wayne is featured on the album (called "High School"), that the album has a different cover artwork,  and that the tracklist consists of 5-8 songs. On September 18, a fan asked for the initials of another song off The Re-Up, and she respond with "IDS," but that song (or at least the name) was no included in the final track listing of the album. Perhaps it stood for "I'm Da Shit" , which is what Ciara sings in the explicit version of "I'm Legit". On October 1 2012, Nicki said on Twitter that she finished writing the Barbz's favorite song off The Re-Up. The next day, a fan asked "what's the initials," and she simply replied, "F", and it's called "Freedom".
On October 10, Rap-Up.com revealed the release date of the album, and it was later confirmed by Minaj, the next day. It was revealed by Amazon that The Re-Up would be a three-disc set, and that it would be released in three different formats: CD, digital download, and Vinyl. On October 25, Nicki confirmed that the album "comes with a 90 minutes DVD of exclusive behind the scenes footage."
Release and promotion
The album was released on November 19, 2012, in many countries worldwide. The Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour serves as the promotional tour for the album. The re-release album was also released in three different bundles: silver, gold, and platinum. All of those include the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up Deluxe CD, and all are limited edition.
Minaj released the cover artwork of the album on October 11, 2012. It is an image of her in a shoulder-length curly black wig and black bustier with an oversized diamond-shaped pendant necklace resting on her chest. The image is a shot taken of her music video "I Am Your Leader". The cover was done by Jashari Wilson, one of Minaj's biggest fans. Wilson was the same person who designed the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album cover.
On September 10, Minaj revealed the name of the lead single, "The Boys". She confirmed a featured female artist on the song and was later revealed to be Cassie. Minaj also said that the intended release date would be either September 11 or September 12, but was officially available for digital download on September 13, 2012, and released to Rhythmic radio on September 25. It was then demoted to a promo single due to lack of charting.
Minaj released the first official single from the re-release called "Freedom" on November 3, 2012, and peaked at 23 position on Billboard Rap Songs chart, and 31 position on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, in US. It was released on November 8 in the UK.
"High School" was released as the second single of the album. It was released to Rhythmic radio on April 16, 2013. The song peaked at 15, 20 and 64 at the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Songs, and Hot 100 charts, respectively.
The re-release received generally positive reviews from music critics:
Positive review by Bené Viera from VH1 Tuner
|Instead of releasing a third album, The Re-Up is a re-release of her sophomore LP with eight new songs. With the exception of the uptempo electro-pop tracks “Va Va Voom” and “The Boys” featuring Cassie, the 29-year-old femcee uses the remaining six songs as her opportunity to rap street, reminiscent of the Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape days. Take even “The Boys,” which is a fun, light song, she raps as if there’s something to prove. “Because you’ll never be Jordan/You couldn’t even be Pippen/You couldn’t even be tripping/You can’t afford a vacation/I’m out in Haiti with Haitians/I go to Asia with Asians/You mad dusty, you a lil dusty possum/I just come through with the six like my name was Blossom,” she spits. “Up In Flames” is the slowed down choir assisted song where she flexes her rap skills minus the distractions of animation–mostly absent from the album. The reggae-esque chorus on “Hell Yeah” featuring Parker (who also produced the track) is easy to dismiss on first listen. But skipping “Hell Yeah” would mean missing one of the best songs because of Nicki’s in sync flow when the beat shifts. It’s the celebratory record of her bossing up on anyone that ever doubted her. In her short career Nicki’s primarily relied on punchlines opposed to actual poetry. She switches it up by showcasing her storytelling capabilities on “High School” featuring her boss Lil Wayne. It takes time to adjust to the frantic production on “I’m Legit” featuring Ciara . Ciara’s high pitched nursery rhyme chorus doesn’t help, but add in Nicki’s verses and you have a song that makes sense. “I ball Nate O’ Conner/I did a freestyle then I got a shoutout from Obama,” she brags. “I Endorse These Strippers” is basically a rendition of “Beez In Da Trap” serving as the club banger of the album. It’s cool enough, but it doesn’t stand out. I was skeptical about the point of a re-released album with eight new songs, particularly if it was going to be more of the same of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The Re-Up surprises both sonically and lyrically. Whether for herself or the naysayers, Nicki unleashed the “Go Hard” or “I Get Crazy” Nicki proving she was alive and well. On her debut’s “Dear Old Nicki” she beckoned for the old Nicki to please call back. That call finally came.|
Favorable review by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania from RapReviews [7/10]
|One would hope that these eight tracks would bring a touch more artistic freedom than the original set – which was a tightly wound collection of potential singles – and things get off to a solid start. "Up In Flames" builds slowly, and the MC kicks in after a minute over a slow, heavy and melodramatic beat, throwing out a relentless slew of barbs (not Barbz). Followed by the most recent single, "Freedom," we find her mixing arrogance with introspection, plus a subtle but effective chorus – it's not really much of a single, more like precisely the kind of album track that was missing the first time round. "Hell Yeah" featuring Parker is a bizarre song that doesn't really seem to function on any level, with a disconnected throwback beat and a dull chorus. Lil Wayne makes his customary appearance (didn't he quit rap to focus on skateboarding or something?) on "High School" – again, it's another song that doesn't really cut it, certainly not comparing to "Roman Reloaded" (the song featuring Weezy), with an overall feeling of malaise afflicting the proceedings. "I'm Legit" brings back the brash, crazy Nicki (or Roman) spitting some pretty ridiculous flows that dovetail beautifully with the stuttering beat, and it is a pure audio assault on your eardrums, assisted by Ciara on a decent but somewhat fussy chorus. The hilariously titled "I Endorse These Strippers" feels like a lesser sequel to "Beez in the Trap" – this time, Tyga replaces (thank goodness) 2 Chainz, and Thomas Brinx does a good job too (whoever he may be). It's a fun song with a possibly limited shelf life, but it's still worth including. "The Boys" is a duet with Cassie, and is probably the biggest single driving force of the "Re-Up" set: it's a cracking tune, with a catchy yet challenging chorus, a well-worked concept/video and it's cheeky enough to raise a smile. Last up, the only number reminiscent of the pop/dance elements, the Dr Luke produced "Va Va Voom" (which recalls "Where Them Girls At"). It works well, and is the other big hit to surface from "The Re-Up." It's relatively clear how "The Re-Up" is divvied up: two proper album cuts, two throwaway numbers, two solid songs, and two hit singles. It really is as simple as that, so when you add them to the original collection, you genuinely have the makings of a particularly listenable album. It's not a classic, it's not an artistically genial wonder – it's just an enjoyable collection of songs. For me, this now makes the whole thing – once I've aggressively cut out the fat and sequenced it properly – to be about an hour worth of quality, with just a bunch of fun songs, singles, album cuts, futuristic hip hop and dance tunes. It is most definitely worth your time, money and investment and whilst the "Re-Up" section isn't particularly mind-blowing, it is definitely an intelligent addition that rectifies certain initial errors. In the end, Nicki Minaj isn't trying to save the world, she is simply trying to entertain us, and the time to underestimate her has long since gone.|
Favorable review by Dan Weiss from The Boston Phoenix [3.5/5 stars]
|Well, now it's official: the title of every record Nicki Minaj ever makes will include the title of every other record she's ever made. This box set contains a reissued Reloaded plus a 33-minute addendum, The Re-Up; the eight new tracks sound a lot more like the first album — where Minaj entered as a tough girly-girl who loves to sing pop songs as much as she loves to cut off heads — than the second one — where she pretended to be a manly-man who loves to have hits as much as he loves to tell people to suck his dick. No sexist Chris Brown or 2 Chainz on this thing, just that underrated woman-friendly rapper Lil Wayne (on "High School," a reunion as cute as the No Doubt–esque "Knockout" from his not-terrible Rebirth), plus girly-girl hit-makers Ciara and Cassie. And hey, is the closer "Va Va Voom" a rewrite of her excellent non-album David Guetta collab "Where Dem Girls At"? Score. Ciara's twisty hook on "I'm Legit" coupled with Nicki's "Pretty Boy Swag"-inspired delivery and background sirens is one highlight, as is the impossible "I Endorse These Strippers," a much goofier take on Nicki's cold, cryptic "Beez in the Trap" from way back in February. Special note to the freakazoids who think "Starships" killed hip-hop: the rapper who rhymes "fri-vo-lous" with "po-ly-ga-mist" is X-Acto sharp as ever. The original RomanReloaded was a grower; it turned out to be a thrilling album on purely musical terms even if the attitude and humanism got away from her. This is a comeback for the personality that reassures us she's at least somewhat in the new Justin Bieber video because she's tickled to be part of pop history and not just for the "female rapper perfume." Name-checking ramen noodles in the ghostly "Freedom" — where she exorcises a cost-benefit analysis of mega-fame — helps too.|
Favorable review by Gerrick Kennedy from LA Times [3/4 stars]
|With “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up,” Minaj attempts to right some of the missteps of that disc. And for the most part, she does. Minaj's wheelhouse remains her ability to pair her pop sensibilities with the raw, razor-sharp raps that made her a game-changing talent to watch. While “Roman Reloaded” felt bogged down by generic, 128-beat-per-minute rhythms, the eight songs Minaj churned out for the reissue do a better job of uniting her two fan bases. Still, Minaj is at her best when offering acid-soaked tongue lashings. A feud with fellow “Idol” judge Mariah Carey makes its way into the biting “Hell Yeah,” where Minaj reminds an adversary that she’s “quick to check a … if she’s outta line,” before shouting out “Idol” producers. The snappy flows continue on bouncy “I Endorse These Strippers” and the pithy kiss-off “The Boys,” which along with the equally brazen “I’m Legit” seem primed for the streets and clubs. Sure, she flirts with dance pop and R&B balladry, but you can forgive her for wanting to satisfy different tastes. Here, it actually works.|
Favorable review by Nick Levine from BBC Music [3/4 stars]
The Re-Up also seems to have an ulterior motive. The original Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was an exuberant mess of an album: it began with some brilliant rapping, turned Eurodance in the middle, then wound down with a series of gloopy pop ballads.
The new EP redresses the balance by adding seven new songs that showcase Minaj's flow – as opposed to her Auto-Tuned singing style. Her poppy recent single Va Va Voom is tacked on the end, but it feels like a Trojan horse to sell the more hip hop-flavoured new material. Hopefully this works, because there's good music here. Tracks like Freedom, I'm Legit and The Boys give Minaj fresh, inventive productions to boast over; the latter is especially exciting, a mix of dancehall, folk and machine gun beats. Elsewhere, Hell Yeah is built on a fab Michael Jackson-style bassline, while Up In Flames is probably her grandest moment yet. On most of these tracks, Minaj rises to the occasion. As her public persona becomes more cartoony, it's easy to forget what a talented rapper she is. The EP features her usual mix of crowing, cussing and dissing, but in the process, she slips in lots of clever pop culture references – everything from Twitpics to 1990s sitcom Blossom. There's also some great wordplay: on Freedom, she rhymes "ya approval" with "ramen noodles", and pulls it off.Admittedly, there's a lot here to digest. On the one hand, adding the new EP makes the existing album feel even more bloated and schizophrenic. But on the other, this is the era of iTunes and Spotify, and listeners can sculpt these 27 songs into whatever they want.
Favorable review by David Jeffries from AllMusic [3.5/5 stars]
|Nicki Minaj continues to mess with her discography with this re-upping re-release, which tacks eight new tracks onto the front of her second album. Good news is, the too-pop Roman Reloaded now feels more balanced once this eight-track EP worth of material tips the scales, and if you missed the vicious-mixtape-Minaj that seemed like Foxy Brown crossed with anime, the Lil Wayne team-up "High School" restores faith with three-and-half minutes of driven, witty filth. The Re-Up comes on with such an anti-Roman, back-to-basics attitude that it slowly slithers up to the Wayne track, opening with a grind-meets-gospel cut "Up in Flames" ("I keep a sniper/I ain't talkin' 'bout Wesley") before the loopy meditation on fame called "Freedom" offers the listener a dreamy float in space. Then there's the dark majesty of "Hell Yeah," which comes off as a cursed Usher track while also rhyming "menses" with "Louis V lenses", but everything after the Wayne duet is the kinetic Minaj of the past, starting with the too true "I'm Legit," where Nicki alternates between imitating a robot and an air-raid siren as Ciara provides the silky hook. It's a thrill, as is the girls' night anthem "The Boys," which skillfully switches influences from Diddy to Diplo to Dan Fogelberg (dig that acoustic guitar bridge) with singer Cassie along for the ride. As "Va Va Voom" closes The Re-Up with some Black Eyed Peas-styled flash, this tacked-on EP winds up as wild and rangy as Minaj's debut. For fans who don't yet own the second album, this is certainly the better deal and bigger picture, and with some versions adding a DVD's worth of videos, the value goes up.|
Mixed review by Lewis Corner from Digital Spy [3/5 stars]
|Her confidence (and insistence) to carry both off on occasion suggests she is more than happy with her global status; 'Freedom' blends street-slang bravado with a whispy soft-pop chorus, while Ciara-assisted 'I'm Legit' and Cassie hook-up 'The Boys' both hear her straddle balls-out quips and chart-friendly hooks. However, the bulk of The Re-Up leans more towards Nicki's mixtape persona of yesteryear, rather than chasing Billboard's Hot 100 tally. Lil Wayne collaboration 'High School' is a number about adultery that would make even the most seasoned 50 Shades reader blush, while 'Hell Yeah' mixes bouncy tribal beats with Minaj's braggadocio of the high life. The most radio-friendly Nicki gets is on deluxe cut 'Va Va Voom', a sultry, electro-pop thumper helmed by longtime pop hitmaker Max Martin. As the debate rages on over whether Minaj's outlook on her image makes her a credible hip-hop entity, The Re-Up adds a tougher edge to the collection and largely shuns the pop-Nicki that gained her the attention she's so undecided over still.|
Mixed review from Women of Hip Hop
Mixed review by Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine
|The Re-Up at least attempts to remedy Roman Reloaded's initial mistakes, first and foremost by including—and releasing as a single—the previously recorded "Va Va Voom," the most obvious successor to Minaj's crossover hit "Super Bass." "The Boys" likewise mixes hard and soft, with Minaj's Daft Punk-inspired flow complemented by an acoustic guitar-accompanied chorus. The best example of the kind of genre tightrope Minaj is capable of walking so well, however, is "Freedom," which contrasts her trenchant rap verses with a silky pop hook atop an ambient drone and old-school hip-hop loop. Unfortunately, The Re-Up also solidifies some of Minaj's biggest liabilities. Her alter ego, Roman Zolanski, thankfully makes himself scarce, but when Minaj declares, "Who do I want to work with? Nobody," on "Freedom," the sentiment is borne out by the lackluster slate of guests on hand: Ciara, Cassie, and Lil Wayne, whose appearance on "High School" marks his third overall on the Roman Reloaded project. Minaj still has a lazy habit of repeatedly rhyming words with the same exact words, and while today's rappers rarely seem to be taken to task for employing dated references simply to complete a couplet, Minaj's nods to Maury Povich on opener "Up in Flames" and Blossom on "I Endorse These Strippers" are less clever than inexcusably archaic. The Re-Up is an indication that Minaj is learning from some of her mistakes, but as long as she keeps comparing herself to Jesus, we probably shouldn't hold our breath.|
Unfavorable review by Renee Gardner from RollingOut
|Nicki exercises her creative storytelling skills on songs “High School” featuring Lil Wayne and pop-friendly “Va Va Voom”. Minaj features Ciara on “I’m Legit” where she borrows Travis Porter’s flow on this Destiny’s Child inspired song as the two sing about their natural beauty. Quite fitting for a woman who is never caught without a colorful wig. Nicki vents about disrespect of her success in “Up in Flames” which leads to her letting go in ”Freedom.” The Re-Up‘s single keeps pop fans and parents happy as Nicki takes a trip down memory lane; reflecting on her work ethic, and though people’s perception of her may not be the best, she ultimately feels free. “High School,” “I Endorse These Strippers” and “Hell Yeah” may come as a surprise to anyone who has said that Nicki has gone totally pop. She proves that she is just as street as any other raunchy degrading male rapper on her level, and maybe even worse. If you were looking for anything positive, you came to the wrong place. From the overall sound of the original album, I could only imagine that the edited version is merely an instrumental CD. But I assume if you were looking for this release, you knew that already. Fans, affectionately known as Barbz, will eagerly come to the head Barbie’s defense, however the truth is that this project represents everything negative with the emerging hip hop stars that maintain the limelight as long as they continue to feed the streets with music detrimental to the growth of our people.|
With the help of The Re-Up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded rose 80 spots on the US Billboard 200 jumping from 107 to 27 (up 591 percent on sales from the previous week) with sales of 36,000 copies. The Re-Up sold better than a few similar re-releases by other artists including Katy Perry's Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection which sold 33,000 copies in the first week. In the UK, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded rose to #44. In New Zealand, the album rose to #21.
The gallery below is a digital copy of the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up booklet.
|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up|
|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up Deluxe CD|
|Nicki Minaj The Re-Up Silver Bundle|
|Nicki Minaj The Re-Up Gold Bundle|
|Nicki Minaj The Re-Up Platinum Bundle|
|United States||November 19, 2012||CD/DVD, digital download*||Universal Music, Young Money, Cash Money|
|United Kingdom||Universal Island, Cash Money|
|Germany||November 23, 2012||Universal Music, Cash Money|
|France||November 26, 2012||Def Jam|
|Poland||November 27, 2012||Universal Music Polska|
|Spain||Universal Music Spain, S.L.|
|Malaysia||December 18,2012||CD/DVD,digital download*||Universal Music Malaysia|
*The album was available for digital download worldwide on November 19, 2012.
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up.
|Belgium Flanders Albums Chart||84|
|Belgium Wallonia Albums Chart||118|
|Dutch Albums Chart||79|
|French Albums Chart||80|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||21|
|Spanish Albums Chart||97|
|UK Albums Chart||44|
|US Billboard 200||27|
The Re-Up was combined with the original album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded to find its chart position. These are just some countries it rose up to.