“Roman Reloaded”

The rapper Nicki Minaj: Remember her? Lately, Minaj has been making generic pop-diva moves, cutting a swath across red carpets and releasing bland club music (see "Starships"). "Roman Reloaded" is a welcome reversion: This is Minaj in her furiously witty Roman Zolanski alter-ego mode, slinging insults over an appealingly hard, spare Rico Beats track. Lil Wayne drops by to add some filthy rhymes, but the brightest punch lines belong to Minaj: "I guess I went commercial/Just shot a commercial/When I flew to the set, though/I ain't fly commercial."

Listen to "Roman Reloaded":

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From The Archives Issue 1153: March 29, 2012