Last year, Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, professionally known as Nicki Minaj, made history and was named the wealthiest female rapper. With a net worth of over $100 million, it was another milestone in her music legacy. In addition to that, she has earned her place in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female solo artist. Her journey to the top can be traced back to 2007 after releasing the mixtape “Playtime Is Over.” Nicki wrote all the lyrics, and the mixtape is considered unique because it emphasizes RedOne produced lyrical content rather than her sex appeal. In 2010, she released her highly anticipated album, Pink Friday, after signing a deal with Birdman’s Young Money Records in 2009. By this time, all eyes were on her to see if she could deliver something close to her impressive mixtapes that include “Playtime Is Over,” “Sucka Free,” and “Beam Me Up Scotty.” Pink Friday debuted at position two on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 375,000 copies in the first week. The album featured some amazing songs that showed Nicki Minaj’s dominance through catchy lyrics and effortless flow, unlike any other female rapper we had seen in the last decade. Nicki Minaj has collaborated with other amazing artists, including Birdman, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Eminem. Here is our list of the best ten songs from the New York-based female rapper.
10. Truffle Butter ft. Drake, Lil Wayne
Our number 10 song in our list of Nicki Minaj’s best songs is “Truffle Butter,” which features Lil Wayne and Drake. In the song, the trio brags about their lifestyle, and as usual, Nicki Minaj doesn’t disappoint with her witty wordplay. In true Nicki fashion, she raps about people who copy her style with heavy lines like, “Your whole style and approach I invented, and I ain’t taking that back cause I meant it.”
9. Only ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown
This triple-platinum certified record made Nicki Minaj the first female rap artist with four US Hot Hip-Hop/R&B chart-topping singles. It went ahead to be nominated for best rap/sung collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards. When the video was released, the song brought controversy, with many viewers complaining that the visual had what seemed like Nazi symbolism. I liked most about this song because it relied solely on her rapping prowess, showing that she can indeed command a presence by being herself without bringing out her Roman alter-ego or her Barbie voice.
8. Did It On Em
This happens to be one of Nicki’s most aggressive songs to date. It was surprisingly produced by Bangladesh, which had at some point sued Cash Money. When it comes down to it, he delivered for Nicki to go ahead and murder the beat. And to think she freestyled the hook on Twitter in 2017. In this song, Nicki Minaj channels her alter-ego Roman Zolanski and gets dirty, even dissing Lil’ Kim. And to think she freestyled the hook on Twitter in 2017 goes ahead to show how much of a diverse range she has. The lady does deserve her flowers.
7. Beez In The Trap ft. 2 Chainz
Produced by Ke’noe, “Beez In The Trap” was certified gold by the RIAA in 2012. The video also didn’t disappoint and was nominated for best hip-hop video at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. In the song, Nicki and 2 Chainz team up to brag about their vast experiences in trap music. The song was a club banger and is one of Nicki Minaj’s best songs.
6. Pound The Alarm
“Pound The Alarm” is a feel-good song that talks about having a good time and partying. It took place at a carnival in the Port of Spain and showed us just how true to her roots she is. It also showed us that her people know how to have a good time. “Pound The Alarm” was a club and radio hit and peaked at position No.15 on the Hot 100. The overwhelming radio requests were evidencing enough of how bubbly and catchy the song is.
Being the lead single off of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Starships skyrocketed Nicki Minaj’s career to another level and marked her crossover to mainstream pop. The song ended up staying on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 21 weeks straight and has been certified platinum six times. The song, which was produced by RedOne, has a club-ready vibe complete with Euro-pop rhythms. The song also happens to be one of Nicki’s most radio-friendly singles.
4. Feeling Myself ft. Beyoncé
When the two most prominent female personalities in hip-hop decide to create something together, we are bound to get something. I love this song because we get to see the tough side of Nicki and her sassy side as well, which reminds us just how talented she is.
3. Super Bass
Nicki Minaj’s music ages like fine wine, and this track is as fresh as it was in 2011. The song peaked at No.3 on the Hot 100 and is about a playful romance between a lady and a guy. The visuals embrace the barbie side of Nicki donned in half blonde and pink wig. It shows us a different side of her musically without taking away her rapping prowess. Produced by Kane Beatz, it’s a perfect song for both the club and for love birds. I like this song mostly because it has a start of summer vibe, and who doesn’t like summer, right.
2. Itty Bitty Piggy
When it comes to Nicki Minaj’s best songs, her true fans know her mixtape days are where it’s at. Itty Bitty Piggy from her 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty showed her lyrical abilities and put her on the map. I like that it shows us her confident and conquering side. Aside from that, I enjoyed the sly references like the Muslim salutation, “As-salamu alaykum.” In short, this song is Nicki in her purest form.
Since its release, the video of this song has amassed over one billion views on YouTube, making it one of Nicki Minaj’s best songs ever. The song samples the famous line from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back “My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun.” It’s one of those typical Nicki Minaj songs but with extra shock value and a bit of uplifting for the women with fuller figures. If you are looking for the perfect workout song, this is it.