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by on November 3, 2010

This month (November 22nd to be exact) my latest obsession Nicki Minaj, aka the baddest bitch in the business (sorry John Mayer) will drop her debut album, Pink Friday.  And in YRB Magazine she gets in touch with her inner diva.

Nicki Minaj, Painting the Town Pink

Famous for her 16-bar cameos in songs by Ludacris (“My Chick Bad”), Usher (“Little Freak”) and Mariah Carey (“Up Outta My Face”), Nicki is also the first female rapper to top the Rap Songs Billboard chart on with the Annie Lennox-sampling “You Love” since another bold raptress Missy Elliott in 2002.

Nicki Minaj, Painting the Town Pink

Nicki is rapper as popstar, sort of a Gaga Latifah. Like the Lady, she has a taste for the more outrageous in style, but also doesn’t take herself or her image too seriously.

Nicki Minaj, Painting the Town Pink

If you’re not familiar with the raptress, here’s a sampler of some of her best and baddest to whet your appetites til the 22nd.

Nicki Minaj, Painting the Town Pink

Or til it inevitably leaks several days before.

1. “Monster” w/Kanye West, Rick Ross and Jay-Z

Best line: “Hairdresser from Milan, that’s the monster do/ Monster Giuseppe heel, that’s the monster shoe” (though all 32 bars are incredible)

2. “Roger That” w/ Lil Wayne and Tyga

Best line: “White girls tell me, “Hey Nicki, your camp rules’/ ‘Is that why you get more head than shampoos?’”

3. “My Chick Bad” w/ Ludacris

Best line: “Trash talk to ‘em then I put ‘em in a Hefty/Runnin’ down the court’, I’m dunkin’ on ‘em, Lisa Leslie”

4. “Your Love”

Best line: “Anyway, I think I met him in the sky/ When I was a geisha, he was a samurai”

5. “Shake It for Daddy” w/ Robin Thicke

Best line: “Wa-wanna play, meet me at the fumble line/ Cuz I’m a ninja, cowabunga time”

6. “Sweet Dreams (Remix)” w/ Beyoncé and Lil Wayne

Best line:  Boy boy boy boy , I’m everywhere/ You’re like balloon boy, mama you was never there!

And for dessert, Nicki’s new track with Eminem.


Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail

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