Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. We can sense the side-eyed glances and impending witticisms through out computer monitors. However, Nicki Minaj can rap–when she wants to, of course. It might not be apparent now, but the Jamaica, Queens product can still go toe-to-toe with the best of them when she’s not bedazzling herself in rhinestones and glitter. Here are 10 songs that prove she has pen game, Ellen DeGeneres Show be damned.
For about 15 seconds, Nicki had this track in the bag. On a debut album full of bottom-of-the-barrel Hip-Hop phlegm, she channeled a double-time flow to throttle this track into the schizoid stratosphere. She definitely “had the power to be the best B in the league,” but then the bottom fell out and “Blazin’” ended up here.
2. “Bottoms Up”
Remember back in 2010 when your girl would lose her wedges when Trey Songz’ “Bottoms Up” came on at the club? Well that could’ve been because of Trey, but it was also probably because Nicki spoke for all bar-going ladies when her verse bounded out the speakers. Another example of Nicki harnassing her signature coo, she spoke for your lady when she spit, “I was like, ‘yo Trey,’ do you think you can buy me a bottle of Rosé,” with the flow and wit to match.