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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 on December 2, 2011 as a teaser for her sophomore studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. However it was not included in the final tracklist for the album. The song was written by Minaj, Nicolas Warwar, Raymond Diaz, Mike Aiello, Safaree Samuels and Bryan Williams, and was produced by StreetRunner and Sarom. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 64.

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

Minaj filmed the music video for "Roman in Moscow" on December 18, 2011. It was directed by Hype Williams.[2][3]. Prior to filming the video, Minaj gave a hint of the storyline, she stated: "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 "Roman in Moscow" along with "Turn Me On" and "Super Bass" for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012. She also performed the song at Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with "Va Va Voom", "Freedom", "I'm Legit", and "High School" on January 25, 2013.


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].


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