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Pink Friday Roman Reloaded The Re-Up
Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up
Released November 19, 2012
Format Digital download
Genre Hardcore hip hop, R&B, gospel
Length 5:05
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj, Stephen Kozmeniuk, Matthew Samuels, Brett Ryan Kruger, Zale Epstein
Producer Boi-1da, Stephen “Koz” Kozmenuik
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up track listing
"Up in Flames" is track number 1.
Previous track
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"Freedom"

"Up in Flames" is a song by Nicki Minaj from the re-release of Minaj's second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up. The song was written by Onika Maraj, Stephen Kozmeniuk, Matthew Samuels, Brett Ryan Kruger, and Zale Epstein, and was produced by Boi-1da, and Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk. It leaked online on November 16, 2012, and was released on November 19, 2012, with the whole album. A music video for the song premiered on April 9, 2013.

Background Edit

"Up In Flames" leaked with the whole album on November 16, 2012, and was officially released on November 19, 2012. On November 29, Minaj opened a poll to determinate by the fans which song of the album should be the next single. "I'm Legit" won the poll with the most votes, while "High School" placed second, followed by "Up In Flames" third, "Hell Yeah" in fourth, and "I Endorse These Strippers" in fifth.[1]

Critical reception Edit

The song received positive review by music critics. Jesal Padania from RapReviews commented positively that "'Up In Flames' builds slowly, and the MC kicks in after a minute over a slow, heavy and melodramatic beat, throwing out a relentless slew of barbs."[2] Nicki Levine from BBC Music said that "Up In Flames" is "probably her grandest moment yet."[3] Website Women in Hip Hop praised Minaj's "fearless cocky punch lines back when she was performing Itty Bitty Piggy in a packed to the brim Club to a raw performance by a hungry artist."[4] William E. Ketchum III from HipHop DX commended that Minaj "finds the right balance" on the song.[5]

Music video Edit

Music Video Information
Nicki Minaj - Up In Flames Music Video05:13

Nicki Minaj - Up In Flames Music Video

Premiere April 9, 2013
Filmed 2013
Director Grizz Lee
Producer
Production co
Exec. producer
Editor
Choreographer
Length 5:11
Source World Star Hip hop

Minaj announced a surprise on April 8, 2013, and the next day she released a video for the song as a promotional video for the album.

Stills Edit

Credits Edit

Recording:

  • Recorded at: Studio Malibu, Malibu CA & KazaKoz Studios
  • Mixed at: Studio Malibu, Malibu CA
  • Mastered at: Chris Athens Masters, Austin TX

Personnel:

  • Writers: Onika Maraj, Stephen Kozmeniuk, Matthew Samuels, Brett Ryan Kruger, Zale Epstein
  • Producers: Boi-1da & Stephen “Koz” Kozmenuik
  • Additional production by: The Maven Boys for 1da Boi Productions Inc.
  • Mastered by: Chris Athens
  • Mixed by: Ariel Chobaz & Boi-1da
  • Drums by: Boi-1da
  • Drum Programming by: Zale Epstein
  • Vocals by: Rene Rowe & Amoy Levy
  • Piano & Claps by: Bret Ryan
  • Sythesizer, Guitar, Viola, Organ, Engineering & Bells by: Stephen Kozmeniuk

The credits for "Up In Flames" are adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up.[6]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) 25

Lyrics Edit

Explicit version Edit


References Edit

  1. The Re-Up single poll Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  2. Nicki Minaj :: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded the Re-Up :: Cash Money Records review by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania from RapReviews. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  3. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up review by Nick Levine from BBC Music. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  4. (REVIEW:) Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded: The RE-UP” from Women in Hip Hop. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  5. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up review by William E. Ketchum III from HipHop DX. Retrieved on April 9, 2013.
  6. Digital booklet of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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