“Pills and Potions” by Nicki Minaj

With this song, Nicki Minaj drew on the kind of downtempo Indie R&B that her labelmate Drake was experimenting with around that time. It’s a rather perfunctory attempt at that style, with a somewhat uninspired and repetitive chorus and lyrics that amount to little more than empty grand standing, but it was still a vast improvement on the absolutely horrific material she had released from her previous album, and could at least be described as a step in the right direction.

Verdict: Not particularly great, but still better than anything on the Roman Reloaded album (or her next two singles after this, “Anaconda” and “Only”, for that matter).

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