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Watch the Queen Conquer: These Are the Rap Verses That Defined Nicki Minaj's Career

'Pink Friday 2' rapper Nicki Minaj has cemented herself as one of hip-hop's icons. Here are some of the hardest verses Nicki has ever dropped.


Jan. 10 2024, Published 10:48 a.m. ET

For more than a decade and counting, Nicki Minaj has been celebrated as one of the industry's most lyrically-inclined rappers. Her reign in hip-hop has been embellished with unparalleled lyricism and undeniable star power.

Nicki's ability to be versatile stemmed from her early mixtapes but has remained a core part of her career, even now.

We've compiled some of Nicki's most iconic rap verses of all time for both longtime fans and listeners who have yet to hop on the bandwagon.

"Monster" — Kanye West ft. Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z & Rick Ross

No conversation about Nicki's rap repertoire is complete without mentioning her show-stopping contribution to Ye's "Monster."

The track, which was released in 2010 as part of West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, shone a spotlight on Nicki and drew the world's attention to her craft.

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Up until that moment, Nicki was considered an up-and-coming rapper — but her rapid-fire delivery, witty wordplay, and razor-sharp wit stole the spotlight from rap heavyweights like Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Yeezus himself.

Even a decade later, the verse is still regarded as one of her best verses of all time.

"Red Ruby Da Sleeze" — Nicki Minaj

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Nicki's ability to be relevant as an entertainer has also stemmed from her skill in addressing rumors via her music. On "Red Ruby Da Sleeze," the Queens-raised rapper bluntly declared that "...but I don't f— with horses since Christopher Reeve."

Fans speculate that she was referring to rapper Megan Thee Stallion, with whom she had previously had a strained relationship. The bar referencing Christopher was about the late actor's publicized accident on a horse.

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"I Wanna Be With You" ft. DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Future, Rick Ross

DJ Khaled has created a memorable career as a veteran producer and DJ by curating some of the best rappers to be on his songs. In "I Wanna Be With You," Nicki kicked off the song by rapidly spitting:

"I wanna be where the commas'll be / But I need a hood nigga with the llama degree / Get the limited edition Audemars, it could be."

Needless to say, Nicki brought the heat and made the song one of the most defining rap songs of the mid-2000s.

"Dip" — Tyga ft. Nicki Minaj

On "Dip," Nicki teamed up with former Young Money co-alum Tyga and the song was an instant hit with fans. The track's pulsating beat set the stage for Nicki and Tyga to showcase their lyrical finesse.

The music video was a clever and cinematic spin on optical illusion. As usual, the "FTCU" rapper delivered memorable punchlines and double entendres. Shortly after the collaboration, Tyga declared Nicki as the .

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"Blazin" feat. Kanye West

While this song is one of the underrated gems in her discography, it is another perfect example of Nicki's versatility as an entertainer.

The track features Kanye West and was a part of her debut studio album, Pink Friday. Nicki effortlessly switches between singing and rapping in the song, showcasing her range and ability to code-switch.

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