Roman in Moscow

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"Roman In Moscow"
Nicki Minaj - Roman in Moscow.jpeg
Promotional single by Nicki Minaj
ReleasedDecember 2, 2011
FormatDigital download
GenreHardcore hip hop
Songwriter(s)Onika Maraj
  • Streetrunner
  • Sarom

"Roman in Moscow" is a song by Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj. It was released on December 2, 2011 as a teaser for her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, although it was not included in the official track listing of the album. The song was written by Onika Maraj, Nicholas Warwar, Raymond Diaz, Mike Aiello, Safaree Samuels, Bryan Williams and produced by Streetrunner and Sarom.

The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 64 and the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart at number 13 in December 2011.[1]


Minaj announced the release in early December 2011 stating it was the "wackest thing on the album".[2] The song was not included on the final track listing. When asked by a fan on Twitter as to why it was not included, Minaj replied that she didn't like the song much.[3]

Music video[edit]

Minaj filmed the music video for "Roman in Moscow" on December 18, 2011. It was directed by Hype Williams.[4][5][not in citation given] Prior to filming the video, Minaj gave a hint of the storyline, she stated: "Well, he was there [in Moscow] secretly because [alter ego] Martha wanted him to go there, so they put him in this thing with monks and nuns; they were trying to rehabilitate him, but I can't tell exactly what happened, you'll just see it in the video format, but let's just say he did get out of there."

The video for "Roman in Moscow" was never released.

Live performances[edit]

Minaj performed "Roman in Moscow" along with "Turn Me On" and "Super Bass" for 2012 New Years on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. She performed it on selected dates of her Pink Friday Tour and Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Nick Minaj Debuts New Single 'Roman in Moscow' - The Juice | Billboard, Billboard, December 17, 2011. (accessed 31 October 2012)
  2. ^ Garibaldi, Christina. "Nicki Minaj Calls 'Roman In Moscow' A 'Teaser'". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  3. ^ Nicki Minaj on why "Roman In Moscow " wasn't included on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. [1]
  4. ^ "NICKI MINAJ on Twitter". Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. ^ "NICKI MINAJ on Twitter". Retrieved 20 May 2017.