Nicki Minaj “Pink Friday 2” 

December 2023 | 23/12, MUSIC

We’re dealing here with one of the most important hip-hop artists of the 2010s and beyond. Listing her track record would be too tedious. We’ve lost count of her gold and platinum records, as well as her Billboard chart-toppers. Quite simply, she has been nominated for almost 450 awards, won around 250 and is even listed in the Guinness Book Of Records. In fact, she is the producer of the “Nicki” series based on her life. For her fifth album, she takes the name of her first opus and adds the suffix 2. Although it remains in the realm of rap, the sound is different and seems less focused on the single at all costs. We’re treated to a few down tempo tracks and some heartfelt versions of hits by Cindy Lauper, Chic or Blondie. The production is always impeccable and, as it should be for this kind of music, the lower end of the spectrum is well exploited, making headphone listening particularly pleasurable. Proof that mainstream and audiophilia can go hand in hand.