New from: Nicki Minaj; J. Cole; Gina Sicilia

December 22, 2014 3:46 PM

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Nicki Minaj's third proper solo album is an overabundant mess, an occasionally wildly entertaining collection that can't make up its mind what it wants to be. Opening tracks "All Things Go," "I Lied," and "The Crying Game" present a human, non-cartoon version of the pneumatic rapper, who just wants "to love and be loved." It's refreshing in theory, but rather dull in reality, after a yearlong buildup focused on proudly crass bangers like the Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling "Anaconda."

This, the third studio album from rapper J. Cole, might not be perfect, but it's high-quality.

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