Nicki Minaj at Verizon Theatre

It's all right to be a lady and feel conflicted about Nicki Minaj. The eternal dance between the business of sexuality, product placement and independent thought has driven her career, and perhaps driven her to take even bigger chances, as this year's uneven Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded illuminates. 2010's Pink Friday was a bit more cohesive, Minaj working on small-scale sketches of her different personalities, instead of vamping them over the top. But that's what you want live, right? The spectacle is no problem.

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