There’s something about Nicki Minaj. There has been since she released her first mixtape Playtime Is Over in 2007, Sucka Free in 2008 and the iconic Beam Me Up Scotty in 2009 before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money that same year. Since she began Minaj has written every word of every rap she spits, studying her predecessors and her inspiration; the Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z and Foxy Brown. She remains the only female artist in the rap game to write her own lyrics, and the only female rapper who has come up in the most organic way, holding this coveted position of notoriety. She pioneers female empowerment and creates really great music of it’s time. She’s broken multiple records, including the most recent – her fourth studio album Queen has debuted at #1 in 82 countries – a first for any female rapper. And although the Internet is intent on tearing her down, she has undoubtedly solidified her queendom with this album with her haters seen this week begrudgingly praising her. We love a queen who can prove everyone wrong. The album features three of Minaj’s top five rappers of all time (Eminem, Foxy and Wayne) ensuring an already promising track list but of course, her flow is consistent through the 19 tracks. The best part – as is on any Nicki track – her wordplay. Everyone is talking about Barbie Dreams, which samples Biggie’s Just Playing (Dreams) that calls out all the male rappers in the industry (she’s just playing) but the best parts are her genius raps over hard hitting trap beats on Hard White and LLC. They’re adrenaline pumpers for OG Nicki fans, but her ability to create clever pop records is also cemented on Come See About Me and The Weeknd infused I Thought I Knew You and obvs Bed with Ariana Grande. There are no fillers here, each song is meticulously produced and she rides each beat to perfection. There can only be one Queen. Nicki Minaj is The Chosen One.
by Roxy Lola