When it comes to Nicki Minaj songs, you can't really help but get entranced by her rhymes and rhythms. In a relatively short time, she has become one of the most versatile rappers in the music game. So, it's only right we salute the Harajuku Barbie with a Top 10 list.
Minaj's long road to stardom started in 2007 on the mixtape circuit where she honed her ferocious lyrical skills and in-your-face attitude. After signing with Lil Wayne's Young Money Records imprint in 2009, she set set forth on world domination with her debut album 'Pink Friday.' Nicki Minaj songs like 'Moment 4 Life' and 'Super Bass' solidify her as the queen of hip-hop. On her second LP 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,' Minaj came fully loaded with a hodgepodge of rap tracks ('Champion,' 'Beez in the Trap') and dance-pop songs ('Starships,' 'Pound the Alarm').
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'Your Love' is the first single from Nicki Minaj's 2010 debut album 'Pink Friday,' but the song originally appeared on her 'Barbie World' mixtape. Over a sample of 'No More I Love You's' by Scottish songstress Annie Lennox, Minaj raps about a good man who is the "illest," using stutters and her island-accented vocals to deliver affectionate lyrics like, "You're like a candy store / And I'm a toddler / You got me wantin' more and ma ma more of / Your love, your love." The song went platinum with one million copies sold in the U.S.
'Moment 4 Life'Feat. Drake
Produced by T-Minus, this top Nicki Minaj song was inspired by a dream she once had, in which two kids grow up to become top-selling rappers. So who better to join her on the track than her Young Money label mate Drake. The song became Minaj's first No. 1 hit on Billboard's Rap Songs chart and it sold over one million copies. In the accompanying Cinderella-themed video, Minaj and Drake get fictitiously married, which sparked rumors that they were a couple outside of their music careers.
Nicki Minaj may have wanted to fly high on 'Starships,' but it has kept her grounded in controversy, so far. Currently, the dance-pop song is at the center of a brouhaha between her and New York radio personality Peter Rosenberg. Arguably, 'Starships' is her most polarizing track to date, with some calling it "pop perfection," while others accusing Minaj of selling out. Opinions aside, 'Starships' is another hugely successful track for Minaj, with its infectious lyrics and danceable beat.
'I Get Crazy'Feat. Lil Wayne
Coming in at No. 4 on our Top 10 Nicki Minaj Songs countdown is another mixtape goodie from the Young Money princess. 'I Get Crazy' is from Minaj's 2009 mixtape 'Beam Up Scotty,' and the song was so hot that it garnered major radio airplay and charted on Billboard's Rap Songs chart. "So I got a bad b---- mentality / 'Cause I just came from another galaxy / I be with the president up in the White House / If we in the oval office, then its lights out," Minaj raps. The song also features Lil Wayne, but instead of lending his gravelly vocals to the track, he plays guitar on 'I Get Crazy.'
Nicki established herself as a force to be reckoned with in 'Pound the Alarm.' Seriously, who can resist her confident rapping layered over the infectious techno beat? It was energetic, saucy and, of course, a huge hit.
'Roman's Revenge'Feat. Eminem
Nicki Minaj and Eminem are their maniacal alter egos Roman Zolanski and Slim Shady, respectively, on this haunting track from 'Pink Friday.' Both Zo and Shady lyrically slaughter any naysayers who stand in their way. "Is this the thanks that I get for putting you b----es on? / Is it my fault that all of you b----es gone? / Shoulda sent a thank-you note, you little h-- / Now I'mma wrap your coffin with a bow," raps Minaj, who may be referring to her nemesis on this track. Ruf! Ruf! Em and Minaj spit hot fire like dungeon dragons.
Nicki took a stripped-down vibe with 'Pills N Potions.' Her voice sounds crystal clear in the chorus as she chants: "I still love, I still love /I still love, I still love / I still lo-o-ove." The singer is known for her catchy lyrics, but this slowed-down track shows an entirely new -- and amazing -- side of her.
'Champion'Feat. Nas, Drake + Young Jeezy
This is another great Nicki Minaj song from her platinum-selling second LP. The anthemic tune 'Champion' has the potential to become a chart-topping hit for Minaj if she ever releases it as a single. On the song, Nicki, Drake, Young Jeezy and Nas drop powerful testimonials of overcoming their struggles to achieve their success. "This a celebration, this is levitation / Look at how you winning now? / This to dedication; this is meditation / Higher education; this the official competitor elimination," Minaj raps. Although she shines on the orchestral-driven banger, Nas’ verse is a major standout on this fantastic song.
From its first twerk, 'Anaconda' became instantly iconic. Nicki's signature sassiness is at its best as she raps about her booty and, of course, samples Sir Mix-A-Lot. The song only reached new heights with the release of the 'Anaconda' music video.
Coming in at No. 1 on our Top 10 Nicki Minaj Songs list is 'Super Bass.' Undoubtedly, this is the Harajuku Barbie's most popular song to date, with the feel-good, electro-pop tune becoming the summer anthem of 2011. It has also spawned several covers including 8-year-old Sophie Brownlee's cute rendition. As of May 2012, 'Super Bass' has sold a whopping 4 million digital copies. Talk about "boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom," baby!
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