[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/01-romans-revenge-feat-eminem.mp3" text="Nicki Minaj feat. Eminem - Roman's Revenge" dl="0"]
It’s fun to hear Nicki and Em match each other rant for rant, curse for curse in this bombastic showdown, and we get some interesting shout-outs to Disney’s Aladdin, iPods, and New York Giant Eli Manning along the way, amidst the more typical misogyny and homophobia from Eminem and Minaj’s very ample self-esteem. (The catchy “Ruh, ruh, like a dungeon dragon” chorus is borrowed from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” by the way.)
There’s no way this offbeat track has the mainstream appeal of the rappers’ other recent collaborations — Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie,” especially. Still, this quirky rap provides an interesting science experiment about what happens when you get two such personalities in the studio together: you either get “Roman’s Revenge,” or they totally annihilate each other. We’re glad it was the former.