Roman Reloaded (song)

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"Roman Reloaded"
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Promotional single by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne from the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Released February 24, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Length 3:14
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj, Dwayne Carter, Ricardo Lamarre, Safaree Samuels
Producer Rico Beats

"Roman Reloaded" is a song by American hip hop artist Nicki Minaj. The song, featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, is from Minaj's second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. After being premiered on February 23, 2012 on Hot 97 radio, "Roman Reloaded" was released to digital outlets the next day as a promotional single. It was produced by Rico Beats.

Background[edit]

Minaj premiered the song on February 23, 2012 on radio station Hot 97. It later released for digital download on February 24, 2012 as a promotional single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, following "Roman in Moscow" and "Stupid Hoe". It was produced by Rico Beats.[1][2][3][4]

Minaj takes jabs at her rival Lil' Kim and at Miami Heat player Chris Bosh crying in the locker room after his team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Additionally, Minaj drops references to former NBA player Eric Williams who is featured on VH1's Basketball Wives, the Columbine High School massacre, the Nicki Minaj Barbie doll created and auctioned by Mattel in December 2011, and to her role in the 2012 computer-animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received positive reviews from music critics. MTV said that "Roman Reloaded seems to be a return to the hard-core rap style Nicki first entered the game with on mixtapes like Beam Me Up Scotty......How the title track will fit on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded remains to be seen, but as a standalone, it proves that when it comes to simply spewing rap bars, Nicki Minaj is still the queen bee."[5] Billboard said that "Unlike the RedOne-produced dance-pop candy of 'Starships' or the Grammy-premiered exorcism drama of 'Roman Holiday', 'Roman Reloaded' is a more traditionalist hip-hop offering, featuring hard-hitting production and guest verses from Lil Wayne."[4]

Live performances[edit]

Minaj performed "Roman Reloaded" for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012, along with "HOV Lane", "I Am Your Leader", "Beez in the Trap", "Champion", "Right by My Side" and "Fire Burns". "Roman Reloaded" was also performed on the European and American legs of Minaj's Pink Friday Tour. The song is also included on Minaj's Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour setlist.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Roman Reloaded" (featuring Lil Wayne) – 3:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon)[6] 28
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 143
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 70
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 57

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide[1][2][3] February 24, 2012 Digital download Universal Music, Cash Money
United States[11] March 6, 2012 Urban radio

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Roman Reloaded (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single de Nicki Minaj". iTunes Store. Apple. February 24, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Roman Reloaded (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single by Nicki Minaj". iTunes Store. Apple. February 24, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "'Roman Reloaded (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single' van Nicki Minaj". iTunes Store. Apple. February 24, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Greenwald, David (February 23, 2012). "Nicki Minaj Premieres 'Roman Reloaded' Single: Listen". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nicki Minaj Toasts Her Hottest MCs Ranking On 'Roman Reloaded'". MTV Music. MTV Networks. February 23, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ GAON DIGITAL CHART : 2012년 3월 3주차 (in Korean). gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archive Chart: 2012-03-10" UK R&B Chart. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  8. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update – 10.03.2012 (Week 9)". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nicki Minaj Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Nicki Minaj. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  10. ^ "Nicki Minaj Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Nicki Minaj. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  11. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases (March 6, 2012)". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012.