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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up
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Reissue by Nicki Minaj
Released November 19, 2012
Recorded 2012
Length 32:32 (Disc 1)
68:59 (Disc 2)
74:18 (Disc 3)
175:49 (Total)
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Nicki Minaj chronology
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Singles from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up
  1. "The Boys"
    Released: September 13, 2012
  2. "Freedom"
    Released: November 3, 2012
  3. "High School
    Released: April 16, 2013

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.[1] On September 10, Minaj started a "Q&A time", using the hashtag "#TheReUp". She revealed that she hadn't finished recording,[2] that it would be released in another CD,[3] that Lil Wayne is featured on the album[4] (called "High School"), that the album has a different cover artwork, [5] and that the tracklist consists of 5-8 songs.[6] On September 18, a fan asked for the initials of another song off The Re-Up, and she respond with "IDS,"[7] 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.[8] The next day, a fan asked "what's the initials," and she simply replied, "F",[9] and it's called "Freedom".

On October 10, revealed the release date of the album,[10] and it was later confirmed by Minaj, the next day.[11] 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.[12] On October 25, Nicki confirmed that the album "comes with a 90 minutes DVD of exclusive behind the scenes footage."[13]

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.[14]


Minaj released the cover artwork of the album on October 11, 2012.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]


On September 10, Minaj revealed the name of the lead single, "The Boys". She confirmed a featured female artist on the song[18] and was later revealed to be Cassie.[19] Minaj also said that the intended release date would be either September 11 or September 12,[20] but was officially available for digital download on September 13, 2012,[21] and released to Rhythmic radio on September 25.[22] 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.[23] It was released on November 8 in the UK.[24]

"High School" was released as the second single of the album. It was released to Rhythmic radio on April 16, 2013.[25] The song peaked at 15, 20 and 64 at the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Songs, and Hot 100 charts, respectively.

Critical response

The re-release received generally positive reviews from music critics:

Commercial Performance

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.[36] In the UK, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded rose to #44. In New Zealand, the album rose to #21.

Track listing

Disc 1

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Up in Flames"  Onika Maraj, Stephen Kozmeniuk, Matthew Samuels, Brett Ryan Kruger, Zale EpsteinBoi-1da, Stephen “Koz” Kozmenuik 5:05
2. "Freedom"  Onika Maraj, Matthew Samuels, Matthew BurnettBoi-1da, Matthew Burnett (co) 4:47
3. "Hell Yeah" (featuring Parker)Onika Maraj, Parker IghileParker 4:11
4. "High School" (featuring Lil Wayne)Onika Maraj, Dwayne Carter, Matthew Samuels, Tyler WilliamsBoi-1da, T-Minus 3:38
5. "I'm Legit" (featuring Ciara)Onika Maraj, Ester Dean, Melvin Hough II, Rivelino Raoul Wouter, Keith ThomasMel & Mus 3:18
6. "I Endorse These Strippers" (featuring Tyga and Brinx)Onika Maraj, Michael Stevenson, Jordan Houston, Jawara Headley, Michael FosterJuicy J, Crazy Mike 4:22
7. "The Boys" (Nicki Minaj & Cassie)Jonas Jeberg, Jean Baptiste, Onika Maraj, Anjulie PersaudJonas Jeberg, Jean Baptiste (co) 4:08
8. "Va Va Voom"  Onika Maraj, Henry Walter, Lukasz Gottwald, Allan Grigg, Max MartinDr. Luke, Cirkut, Kool Kojak 3:02
Total length:

Disc 2


The gallery below is a digital copy of the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up booklet.


Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up
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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up Deluxe CD
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Nicki Minaj The Re-Up Silver Bundle
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  • Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up Deluxe CD
  • The Re-Up T-Shirt
  • Instant Grat Download - "Freedom" (Available to U.S. Customers Only)
Nicki Minaj The Re-Up Gold Bundle
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Nicki Minaj The Re-Up Platinum Bundle
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Release History

Regions Dates Format(s) Label(s)
United States[37] November 19, 2012 CD/DVD, digital download* Universal Music, Young Money, Cash Money
United Kingdom[39] Universal Island, Cash Money
Japan[40] Universal Republic
Germany[41] November 23, 2012 Universal Music, Cash Money
France[42] November 26, 2012 Def Jam
Poland[43] November 27, 2012 Universal Music Polska
Spain[44] Universal Music Spain, S.L.
Malaysia[45] 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.[46]

  • Onika Maraj: vocals, composer, co-executive producer
  • Stephen Kozmeniuk: composer, producer, sythesizer, guitar, viola, organ, engineering, bells
  • Matthew Samuels (Boi-1da): composer, producer, mixing, drums
  • Brett Ryan Kruger: composer, piano, claps
  • Zale Epstein: composer, drums programming
  • The Maven Boys: additional producer
  • Chris Athens: mastering
  • Ariel Chobaz: mixing, recording
  • Rene Rowe: vocals
  • Amoy Levy: vocals
  • Matthew Burnett: composer, co-producer
  • LeKeisha Renee Lewis: background vocals
  • Candace Marie Wakefield: background vocals
  • Parker Ighile: vocals, composer, producer, recording, mixing
  • Dwayne Carter (Lil Wayne): vocals, composer, executive producer
  • Tyler Williams (T-Minus): composer, producer
  • Michael “Banger” Cadahia: recording
  • Ester Dean: composer
  • Melvin Hough II: composer
  • Rivelino Raoul Wouter: composer
  • Keith Thomas: composer
  • Mel & Mus: producer
  • Aubry “Big Juice” Delaine: mixing
  • Michael Stevenson (Tyga): vocals, composer
  • Jordan Houston (Juicy J): composer, producer
  • Jawara Headley: composer
  • Michael Foster (Crazy Mike): composer, producer
  • Jess Jackson: recording
  • Jonas Jeberg: composer, producer, recording, mixing, instruments, programming
  • Jean Baptiste: composer, co-producer
  • Anjulie Persaud: composer
  • Kuk Harrell: recording, additional vocal production
  • Josh Gudwin: recording
  • Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke): composer, producer, instruments, programming
  • Allan Grigg (Kool Kojak): composer, producer, instruments, programming
  • Max Martin: composer
  • Henry Walter (Cirkut): composer, producer, instruments, programming
  • Jon Sher: recording assistant
  • Clint Gibbs: recording assistant
  • Serban Ghenea: mixing
  • John Hanes: engineer for mix
  • Tim Roberts: mix assitant
  • Phil Seaford: mix assitant
  • Brian “Big Bass” Gardner: mastering
  • Irene Richter: production coordination
  • Katie Mitzell: production coordination
  • Bryan “Baby Birdman” Williams: executive producer
  • Ronald “Slim Tha Don” Williams: executive producer
  • Safaree “SB” Samuels: co-executive producer, A&R coordinator
  • Cortez Bryant: co-executive producer
  • G. Roberson: co-executive producer
  • Jermaine “Mack Maine” Preyan: co-executive producer
  • Joshua Berkman: Cash Money Records A&R
  • The Blueprint Group: management
  • Kenny Meiselas: legal representation
  • Hype Williams: photographer
  • Jahshari Wilson: cover designer
  • Olivia Smith: package designer
  • Donald Simrock: body painter


Chart (2012) Peak
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.


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  2. Twitter: No> RT @DutchBarb_: @NICKIMINAJ have you finished recording? #TheReUp Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  3. Twitter: 2nd CD> RT @LalaZolanski: RT @TM_RELOADED: @NICKIMINAJ are they gonna be added to the PF:RR tracklist or on a 2nd CD? #TheReUp Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  4. Twitter: Yup! > RT @megsteamminaj: Will Wayne be on the re-up @NICKIMINAJ #TheReUp ?? Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  5. Twitter: Yep! > RT @DestinyMinaj_: @NICKIMINAJ Are you gonna do a different art cover for #TheReUp Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  6. Twitter: No less than 5, no more than 8 > RT @MinajLesbies: @NICKIMINAJ Exactly how many tracks are going to be added? #TheReUp Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  7. Twitter: IDS > RT @AuraOfPinkslam: What are the initials of another song on The Re Up? @NICKIMINAJ Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  8. Twitter: ok so i recorded your "fave song" last nite barbz...terrence & joyce in here making me play it over and over and mufckn over again. #THEREUP Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  9. Twitter: F > RT @GeordieBarbie: @NICKIMINAJ tellus more about this new song you wrote? What's the initials Retrieved October 6, 2012.
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  14. Twitter: YES > RT @Melony_Minaj RT @ThugginAssKen: RT @Star_TMNY: @NICKIMINAJ Are the bundle packages limited edition? #REUPNOV19 Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  15. Twitter: Here it is #barbz!!!! THEREUPALBUMCOVER Retrieved October 11, 2012.
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  18. Twitter: There's a female on 1st single! > RT @SUPERBADDBARB: #TheReUp are we gettin female features for the new album @NICKIMINAJ !?!?!? Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  19. Twitter: 'The Boys' > RT @_SupremeXxX: RT @I_ROMANZOLANSKI: RT @TeamMinajBXTCH: RT @Philly____: @NICKIMINAJ what's the name of the single ? #TheReUp Retrieved September 10, 2012.
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