Why Nicki Minaj Is One Of The Greatest Of All Time

From being the heiress of Young Money to becoming the Queen of Rap, Nicki Minaj has changed the way people think about hip-hop. 

He should run it like Chris Brown. 

She won three rounds. I'm going to need a hundred thou's. Like Chinatown, scum should bow down. 

You don't know? What do you think the nits know now? It's a freestyle song by Nicki Minaj called "Dirty Money" (2007) 

After Mattel, Inc. made the first official Black Barbie, the Hip-Hop community learned about a talented young Trinidadian-born rapper who would go on to become one of the most famous Black Barbies in history, nearly three decades after that. On the cover of her 2007 mixtape Playtime Is Over, the young artist looked like a doll from behind the plastic cover of a pink doll box. Even though the cover was eye-catching, it was her charismatic and ferocious bars that made rap recognize Onika Tanya Maraj, 24, as the sensational Nicki Minaj. 

Playtime Is Over came out fifteen years ago. Since then, Nicki has released two more mixtapes and four major studio albums, and with each one, her claim to the title of Queen of Rap has grown stronger. But all through her career, Nicki Minaj's rise has been downplayed by a lot of criticism, negative comments about her personal life, and a lot of hate from both the rap industry and people who are picky about rap music. Even though she's one of Hip-most Hop's controversial artists, Nicki is still an artist who changed female rap, and Hip-Hop, for good. As one of the best female rappers to ever hit a beat, she isn't just one of the most important. 


Before there were a lot of women in Hip-Hop in the last few years of the 2010s, Nicki Minaj had to deal with a rap scene that was almost entirely made up of male artists. During the four years after Missy Elliott's last album came out — The Cookbook — there were no female rappers whose albums even came close to making the top 10 best-selling Hip Hop albums of the year. This is because no female rappers came even close to making the top 10. back in 2006, Nas told a group of people that Hip-Hop was going to die. It was the female part of Hip-Hop that had died, though. Nicki Minaj's goal was to become a successful artist, but she also had to reinvigorate female rap as part of the process. 

From 2007 to 2009, she worked hard to do just that in the underground scene with her Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty mixtapes. During that time, Nicki Minaj also became well-known as a member of Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment roster. It didn't take long for the Harajuku Barbie to become one of Young Money's best lyricists, and her appearances on the We Are Young Money tracks "Roger That" and "Bedrock" quickly made her one of the most exciting new artists to watch at the start of the decade. Yet, even though she had done so much in three years, Nicki Minaj's run in 2010 is what put her and female rap at the top of Hip-Hop music. 

Because before they could start, you told them it was the end. I'm fighting for the girls who never thought they could win because you told them it was the end before they could start. 

But I'm here to change the curse that they live under. She says, "I'm the best" (2010) 

2020 was thought to be the year of the female rapper by many fans, critics, and media outlets. In 2010, a lot of people thought that Nicki Minaj was the best rapper of the year, too. Even though her classic debut album would be released at the end of the year, Nicki's presence was felt throughout the whole year thanks to a slew of impressive guest spots. In 2010, she was on Usher's "Lil Freak," Lil Wayne's "Knockout," Trey Songz's "Bottoms Up," Christina Aguilera's "Woohoo," DJ Khaled's star-studded "All I Do Is Win (Remix)," Ludacris' "My Chick Bad," Trina's "Dang A Lang," Gyptian's "Hold Yuh (Remix)," Drake's "Up All Night," and a lot of other songs. Thus, when her long-awaited debut came out, Nicki had already become a powerful and important figure in the music business. 

It didn't stop there. Even though she had a group of fans known as "Barbz" who were always wearing Barbie necklaces and wearing pink wigs, Nicki Minaj still managed to rise even more in the last quarter of 2010. This is one of Nicki Minaj's most important songs, and it was released on Kanye West's "Monster" from his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It's hard to overstate how much her now-iconic guest verse meant to the Hip-Hop community. 

Nicki Minaj's song "Monster" made you want to be a fan even if you were not before. That high-profile feature helped Nicki get a lot of attention, which helped her get ready for the release of her first album. When it came out on the same day as Ye's album, Nicki Minaj was officially on the scene. 

Even though some Hip-Hop fans didn't like Nicki's first forays into pop, Pink Friday was an expertly put together album that showed off the Young Money femcee's emotional range, lyrical skills, and knack for making hits. Nicki Minaj's first album, Pink Friday, was a huge success. It had guest appearances from Eminem, Kanye West, Drake, and Rihanna, as well as memorable songs like "Roman's Revenge," "Moment For Life," "Fly," "Right Thru Me," "Your Love," and "Did It On'em." With 375,000 copies sold in its first week, the album came in at number two on the Billboard 200 under MBDTF. A month after being certified platinum by the RIAA, Pink Friday reached number one on the Billboard album chart on February 19, 2011. 

Yet perhaps the most impressive thing about Nicki Minaj's first album is that she was able to make a classic record that was still feminine. In contrast to her mixtapes, Pink Friday didn't have a lot of songs that appealed to men. In fact, it even pushed the boundaries of what a female rap album could be. Pink Friday was proof that both Nicki Minaj's skills and the point of view of a woman in Hip-Hop are valid, and that's why it's in the same league as Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Lil' Kim's Hardcore. 

As far as Pink Friday goes, there could be a whole book written about it. But what makes Nicki Minaj a legend in Hip-Hop is that her success didn't stop there. 

Why don't these people ever learn? 

You won't get what I'm making (Uh) 

From my records, I'm still getting plaques. 

I'm a rap legend, so I don't need the top 40. 

Asked by the Kings of Rap: Who's the queen and what else? There are glaciers on my finger. They hit like a laser. Nicki Minaj's song "Feeling Myself" (2014) 

Following her triple-platinum-certified Pink Friday album, Nicki Minaj established herself as the Queen of Rap by making three more studio albums, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012, The Pinkprint in 2014, and Queen last year. Despite the fact that nostalgia and fandom can make an artist look better than they really are, Minaj's numbers show that she was the Queen of Rap at the time. 

All of Nicki Minaj's studio albums have reached the top two spots on the Billboard 200 and have been certified platinum or higher by the RIAA as of March 2022. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and The Pinkprint both crossed the double platinum mark. Nicki's success in the business world doesn't stop there, though. The Pink Friday Deluxe bonus track "Super Bass" came out in 2010, and it was the only diamond-certified single she has ever had. She has reminded us of this on songs like "Sir" and "Realize," but Nicki Minaj also broke Aretha Franklin's record as the female artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 entries of all time. Even though Taylor Swift ended up breaking Nicki's record in 2021, the "Do We Have A Problem" artist is still one of the 10 artists of any gender who have had the most Billboard Hot 100 entries of all time. Currently, Nicki has 121 entries, which will soon rise to 122 after the release of her new "Blick Blick" single with Coi Leray. That's just the beginning of her many industry records. 

However, instead of focusing on Nicki Minaj's many chart placements and other commercial accolades, it's important to also pay attention to her cultural impact. From being one of Lil Wayne's most successful commercial and critical protegees to working with Beyonce on a number of classic female rap and R&B crossover hits, many of Nicki's achievements can't be counted because they can't be put into words. Instead, a lot of what makes Nicki great can be felt by her fans and the whole music business. As a rap artist, she has a unique style and has always stressed how important it is for women to write their own lines. This has led to a whole new generation of powerful female rappers, from Latto and Doja Cat to KenTheMan and Baby Tate. It has also become the norm for not just female rap, but for commercially viable rap of all genders to be genre-fluid early on in the game. 

Yet, what's most surprising and powerful about Nicki's impact on Hip-Hop is how often she's there, and how often she isn't there at all. People love when Nicki Minaj shows up, whether she's freestyle-ing, giving interviews, or speaking her mind on Twitter. When she goes on hiatus, you can tell. Even though women like Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, City Girls, and Doja Cat have made great contributions to female rap over the last few years, it still feels incomplete without Nicki Minaj's presence or output. That alone shows how important she is to Hip-Hop, as a genre, and as a culture. 

Neither of us would be friends with someone who was a bitch. I don't like the way that shit looks. 

It was big corporations and machines that tried to fight me. 

Man, they couldn't even rinse me. I wash women. 

She told me that she was hot, and I said, "Well, come and show me. I'll believe you." 

Nobody has a "C" in green, but I'm seeing "green." 

Floor seats didn't help them see the team. 

Plus me: The KING, the GOAT, and me! 

shoot, send them back, or leave the scene. It's a song by Nicki Minaj (2022) 

This is a huge accomplishment for someone who hasn't even released her fifth album yet: Nicki Minaj has left behind a legacy that most new artists can only dream of matching. This is even more impressive because she hasn't even released her fifth album yet. Over the last 10 years, she has made a huge impact on the sport and development of Hip-Hop. As a result, the young and ambitious woman who once posed as a Barbie doll for the cover of her first mixtape has become known as the Queen of Rap and one of the best Hip-Hop artists of all time. 

Her pinkprints are all over the history books of Hip-Hop. There's no way to get rid of them.

Source: hotnewhiphop.com

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