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Roman in Moscow cover
Nicki Minaj
Released December 2, 2011
Format Digital Download
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Length 2:37
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj
Nicolas Warwar
Raymond Diaz
Mike Allieo
Safaree Samuels
Bryan Williams
Producer StreetRunner
Promotional single information
Single release December 2, 2011
Video release
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"Roman in Moscow" is a song by Nicki Minaj. It was released in anticipation to her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on December 2, 2011, but was not included in the final track list of the album. The song was written by Minaj, Nicolas Warwar, Raymond Diaz, Mike Aiello, Safaree Samuels and Bryan Williams, and produced by StreetRunner and Sarom.

Background and ArtworkEdit

The song was the teaser/buzz single for Minaj's sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, although, it is not featured in the official tracklisting of the album. The artwork for the single has Minaj's name in black letters appeaing to be crossed with the words saying "Roman in Moscow" to explain that it is not Minaj herself singing the song, but her alter ego, Roman Zolanski performing the song. The song was notably excluded from her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. In April 2012 a fan asked Minaj why it was not included in the tracklisting, she replied that she didn't like the song much.[1]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Roman in Moscow" is believed it have been filmed on December 18, 2011, directed by Hype Williams[2][3]. Prior to the filming of the video, Minaj gave some information on the story line, stating: "Well, he was there [in Moscow] secretly because 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 got out of there".[4] The music video was never released and is not expected to be.

In a 2014 interview, Minaj said that she used the same type of gun from the "Lookin Ass" music video in the video for "Roman in Moscow."[5]

Live performancesEdit

Minaj performed the song along with "Turn Me On" and "Super Bass" for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012. She also performed it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with "Va Va Voom", "Freedom", "I'm Legit", and "High School" on January 25, 2013.

The song was also performed on certain dates of the Pink Friday Tour and the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.


Chart (2011) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 88
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 64

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
United States December 2, 2011 Digital Download Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic


Cover versions Edit

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea made a freestyle of the song[9].