Trina - Amazin'

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Trina announced her new release Amazin' would be a sonic departure from a catalog of work that spans a decade and four albums, it turned heads. Could she pull off the Pop-queen role while keeping her "Baddest Bitch" reputation?

Whether you’re a male or female rapper, one can only hope to attain the tried-and-true combination of success and longevity in this game called Hip Hop. Some are never able to top their early acclaim and end up disappearing; others merely stick to one game plan that eventually runs their career into a creative rut. When Miami rapper Trina announced her new release Amazin’ would be a sonic departure from a catalog of work that spans a decade and four albums, it turned heads. Could she pull off the Pop-queen role while keeping her “Baddest Bitch” reputation?

The sound on Amazin’ is not so much a new version of Trina set on appealing to the masses, but rather a woman who over time has been able to reevaluate what matters to her. Whereas previous releases were litter with lyrics dependent on sexual provocation, Amazin’ taps into her ability to be straight-forward and flirtatious without ending the night in bed. Such is the case on the stand-out track “Showing Out,” where Trina confidently flaunts the finer things in life over lush production. Keeping the theme going, Trina turns into Ms. Unattainable for her first single “Million Dollar Girl” . With singer Keri Hilson working her magic on the hook, Trina proceeds to strip away her sassy, aggressive approach for a woman focused on exuding confidence and independence. As Trina has previously said, “Million Dollar Girl” is a state of mind, not an allusion to the price of her goodies, and this type of acknowledgement is an indication of her growth as a person and artist.

While the aforementioned tracks are a good reflection of what Amazin’ has to offer, the two Rap-R&B collaborations between Trina and Monica, “I Want It All” and “Always,” prove to be the album’s most convincing reasons as to what listeners should expect from the Miami Mami these days. If fans remember the theme of Trina’s 2005 single “Here We Go,” her new record “I Want It All” could be described as the subsequent ending to the cheating affair. Then on “Always,” Trina proves that despite the perception of an ice-cold outer shell, she’s willing to open up her heart and settle down if the right man is by her side.
Trina is able to reap the benefits and rewards of her new style and approach on Amazin’. However, as apparent on a handful of tracks, she may soon learn that expanding musical horizons can also lead to less-than stellar results. For whatever reason she had to include “White Girl” on Amazin’, it goes without saying that this is the kind of record that has flash-in-the-pan success. Sure, it has radio and club potential, but less than a month later we’ll be wondering what the appeal of this song even was. Not to be outdone, the shallow concept provided on “Let Dem Hoes Fight” sounds more like a record out of Katy Perry’s catalog than something Trina would put her hands on. Finally, while production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League is commendable on “By Myself,” Trina’s rapping and singing just doesn’t seem to fit the vibe of the record.  

Of course, it wouldn’t be right for Trina to release a new album without giving fans the type of content that has gotten her to this point. This is evident on “That’s My Attitude” where Trina makes it clear no one can cross her without repercussions. Over hard-hitting production by Schife & OhZee, Trina once again certifies herself as the “Baddest Bitch” around, and newly casted female emcees should take note. Also, her collaboration with Rick Ross and Lil Wayne on “Currency” proves to be a southern banger that honors the almighty dollar, with Weezy F. giving Trina a pleasant shout-out in his verse. And though it’s a bit left field for some people, “Dang-A-Lang” brings listeners back to the days when Trina boastfully objectified males, not the other way around. Scouting red hot emcee Nicki Minaj as well as Jamaican singer Lady Saw for the hook, Trina makes this playful record a ladies affair.

Throughout her career, Trina has taken to the booth to show people she is not just some eye candy on the cover of a magazine. You could argue that her rhymes rarely reach the level of excellence, but they are consistent. With Amazin’, Trina has coupled that consistency with the ability to progress through her music, which subsequently has made her a well-rounded artist. Trina no longer has to simply be the “Baddest Bitch” around; she’s held that crown. Now it’s on to the next one.


  • sun_god7

    5 for being fine.

  • jakek6

    great cd. its a jam.


    it has a couple songs with good beats but the lyrics on this album is wack . trina just never been a good rapper , but sometimes has ok beats

  • QUEEN REAL (SoSweet)

    I liked that songs i've heard so far. I don't get that caught up in artists changing it up a bit, like some of the crybabies on here. Props to her for doing it a little different this time, but at the same time I must say that I wish she had a little more substance in her raps, but pratically every artist I've heard this year could do the same.....

  • jesterdx

    album arrived yester2dy gotta b said its pretty good (3.5) but dx was on point wiv the white girl shit im not feelin it (flo rida is a lame) & i jus cant get into let dem hoes fight (co-wrote by man gaga xplains it all)... ima agree wiv mattweezy she stayed in her lane sorta played it safe but who can blame her in this dy an age of ringtone-cant-reach-plat dys haha oh anybody notice nicki spit in her queens voice on dang-a-lang til the last 3 lines (im givin her props & i dont like the annoyin bitch!)

  • Mattweezy

    Not bad at all. I felt Trina stayed in her lane and played it safely. I want expecting much from the album, so I say it delivered!

  • The 4th Boss

    Honestly, this album is not all that...I gave it a fair try, but, naaah, i'll pass...

  • @jonrg_123

    Best album since Da Baddest....So much Growth, QUEEEN OF MIAMI!!!!

  • DJ Transition

    I dont listen to Trina a lot buh I do definately know who she is and respect her. I gotta give the album a try. I'm glad she knows when to let go of the torch tho, she will always be the Baddest Bitch but whether people like it or not..Nicki Minaj is next up

  • Quinn Jones

    trina dug herself into a hole fisrt coming out talking about fat dicks and big wallets, but now she tries to be unattainable, it dont work like that, but if she can keep up the mission impossibe part of switchin up and goin goody tissue over nite, she will do just fine, it just that the baddest b!$ch is to fresh in everybody mind

  • John Moore

    She looks like he has a shaved pussy, id eat her and her daughter

  • Hersh

    Great album! 12 years in and she's still going strong!

  • Gods_Son23

    between a 2 and a 3 for me. some nice tracks but nothing great. and ya'll misogynists hating on her just cause she is a female need to fix your game up.

  • Bauce

    Talentless whore cant rap.

  • Real Gay thug from ur neighborhood

    i dont like trina i like big cocks rammin it up rmp style in my ahole

  • ogewt

    obviously it sucks album themes - trina is a bad bitch - trina is rich - trina has a fat ass thats about it, this shit shouldnt get a free pass to be wack just cos its a female MC

  • baron viceroy

    Trin Bean Go Girl AMAZING I copped 3 Copies

  • ThisIzM3

    GOOOD ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • icu ucme

    Wow, Trina(fine ass) got a 3.5. Seems like a stretch to me DX.

  • OpOpOp

    there are good songs, but too many bad ones

  • AubreyGraham

    Well I’ll be damned/ If it ain’t Aubrey Graham Reruns of Degrassi expose him more thann anybody can/ A faggot thats Hardly man, with his white female inflection/ far from infectious/ Just remember, the synonym for Drake is fake/ I wish him luck, heres to hoping he breaks a leg/ like when he was hopping around on stage/ A rich Jewish kid coming from the most affluent burbs in Toronto/ Never had to hustle for anything in life, rap's custodian/ What is there to complain about as a 14 year old with a contract from Nickelodeon?/ - J-Oso

  • What The Deuce

    Damn Trina. You even made me a fan. I couldn't stand you since '99, now I'm cheering.