Top 10 Songs Featuring Nicki Minaj
When an artist chooses to record a song featuring Nicki Minaj, it's because they know her voice always adds that extra punch. The current reigning female emcee delivers alter egos, theatrics, monster growls, and English accents while simultaneously maintaining her swagger and flow. Now, the Lil Wayne protege has a full-length debut album, ‘Pink Friday,’ to add to her plethora of mixtapes and guest tracks. Check out Minaj’s best featured work below.
Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Drake, Tyga and Jae Millz win over all the girls with their enduring, Ricky Bobby “shake and bake” love-making, while Lloyd provides the soul-swinging hook. Minaj’s appearance marks the beginnings of her collaborations with Weezy and Young Money; although it's a small part, she definitely holds some power in the testosterone-driven, sexual explicit track: “He say I’m bad, he probably right / He pressing me like button downs on a Friday night (Ha-ha) / I’m so pretty like / Me on my pedal bike / He on my low scrunch / He on my Echo Whites."
To take her second single off of 'Femme Fatale' to the next level, Britney Spears recruited Nicki Minaj to spit a few verses in the slowed-down, remixed version of the song. During her three-part rap, Minaj tells all of the haters off, as she not-so-politely asks them to step aside for the reigning rap queen. "Sniff, sniff, cries / I done slayed your whole entire f------ life / Oh, oh, you got some Epsom Salt / I done balled all day / You ain't touched the court / What, what you tired / You need a break / You was hot when? Ricki Lake!"
One of the heavier, grittier tracks off Drizzy’s first full-length album, ‘Thank Me Later,’ the Boi-1da-produced song dismisses all swagger jackers and praises Drake’s “team,” which, no doubt, includes his good friend and constant collaborator Minaj. The Harajuku Barbie raps, “Which b---- you know made a million off a mixtape? / That was just a keep sake / Bought the president the Louie presidential briefcase / Never been a cheapskate / We got the Hawks / I ain’t talking about the Peach state.”
Sampling Rihanna’s ‘Te Amo,’ the paradise-tinged ‘Letting Go (Dutty Love)’ mixes Kingston’s reggae fusion with Minaj’s varying rapping Rastafarian drawl as she kicks off the song in her deeper register: "Ayo, Sean / You Mr. Kingston." Towards the end of the track, Minaj spits, “And yes, I killa kill ‘em / I guess I am the villain / I park on the curb, I’m the owner of the building / Ya deaf? / Boy me soon left / Come get this playboy bunny like Hugh Hef-neeeer / Rast-a-far I / Dutty dutty d-d-d-dutty.”
With a music video that borrows from Frank Miller’s comic book graphics and ‘Sin City’ motifs, ‘Roger That’ features Young Money’s Lil Wayne, Minaj and Tyga. Minaj kicks off the first verse, donning various outfits and her Barbie persona, among others (she has a few, like the dirty-mouthed Brit Roman and his mama Martha). “I done penny, nickel, dimed / I done coined da phrase / You couldn’t beat me there if you had a Leer / Indian-style court side wit a cavalier / VIP Roseau’s you can have a beer / ‘Cause honey when you getting money, you don’t have a care," Minaj raps.
Barbadian songstress Rihanna made a smart move when she asked Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj to collaborate with her on her song 'Raining Men,' which is featured on her full-length 2010 album, 'Loud.' The song, which has some island flavor, is an energetic, uptempo jam about brushing your shoulders off when a man lets you down. During her verse, Minaj gets her diss on, rapping, "Excuse me but who are you fixing to be / Let them motherf---er know there’s plenty fish in the sea / And you sweating me cause we got the tightest hole / But I couldn’t find that thing with a microscope."
Penned by Usher, Ester Dean, Blac Elvis and Polow da Don, the single is one of the dirtier tracks off Usher’s 2010 ‘Raymond v. Raymond’ album. With a synthesized hook based on a sample from Stevie Wonder’s 1973 track ‘Living for the City,’ the single’s highlight is Minaj’s bridge, which dabbles in bisexual references and reminds us the names of all Santa’s reindeer: “I keep a couple hoes like Santa I keep a vixon / Got that dasher, dancer, prancer, dixon, comet, cupid, donner, blitzen / I’m hotter than / 100 degrees / A lotta bread / No sesame seeds / If I’m in yo city, I’m signing’ them Tig-O-bitties.”
Trey Songz borrows Nicki Minaj’s alter ego Roman Zolanski for the party anthem ‘Bottoms Up,’ about “doubling [their] dosage” of Rose, Henny and Patron, among other spirits. Minaj incorporates hysteric, variant flow, non-remorseful grilling and even singing, making this party song soar to new heights: “I’m with a bad bitch he’s with his friends / I don’t say 'Hi,' I say 'Keys to the Benz' … I rep Young Money / You know Slim, Baby? / And we be doin’ donuts while we wavin’ the .380.″
Minaj’s crazed persona takes over in ‘My Chick Bad,’ as the pink-wigged emcee warns other women who are nice to her, fighting the temptation to go ape-s--- like the knife-wielding movie villain Freddy Krueger. Now we know Luda’s girl must not only have swagger and good looks, but also an erratic temper. “It’s going down, basement, 'Friday the 13th' guess who’s playing Jason / Tuck yourself in you better hold on to your teddy / It’s 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and guess who’s playing Freddy?!" Minaj raps with much gusto.
It may include a monster line-up (Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Minaj), but the femme fatale blows everyone out of the water with her varying vocal delivery and bad---- rhymes. Minaj pretty much steals the song as she raps, "I’m all up all up all up in the bank with the funny face / And if I’m fake I ain’t notice cause my money ain’t / Let me get this straight wait I’m the rookie / But my features and my shows ten times your pay? / 50k for a verse, no album out," before closing with a howl as she yells, ”I’m a motherf-----g monster!"