Reason 2: Nicki sounds like she still wants to prove that she can rap her ass off.
Nicki isn't new to this rap stuff. But you can't really tell by listening to "Roman In Moscow." She sounds hungry. She sounds energetic. Hell, she damn-near sounds defiant. Oh, you didn't know I could rap like this? she seems to be saying through her raps. You thought all I do is record pop-friendly jingles for the radio? Okay! Don't get us wrong: We still hear the silly voices and her playful flow all over this one. But, at the same time, we also hear a rapper fighting for respect. And we like that Nicki doesn't feel like she's above doing that now.