Nicki Minaj aims for the spotlight

When she appears on other artists' albums, she stops listeners dead in their tracks. Few have her mix of agility and venom, and musically she can hang with the likes of Kanye West. On her own, however, Minaj has been inconsistent. Her sophomore album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," is due on Valentine's Day. But don't be thinking this will be all hearts and rainbows; one of the album's initial singles was called "Stupid Hoe."
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