No one would disagree with Kanye West that the most memorable part of his 2010 song “Monster,” more so than himself or JAY Z or Rick Ross, is Nicki Minaj. The way he said it though...
“The fact that she kicked my ass, on my own song,” Kanye said during a lecture at Oxford University (via The Tab Oxford). “On one of the best albums, the best album -- I’m just saying what the critics said -- of the last 25 years. The best album of the past 25 years that I spent a year and a half making.”
“To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be outshined,” he said. “To be beat by a girl, basically.” We guess that’s a compliment. But “beat by a girl,” Kanye? In 2015, Kanye? C’mon, Kanye.
Yeezy continued, “I think it was one of the most important points of working on that album, was to not stop her from her moment because of how good she is...She was able to go on and become a successful, and fly, and run, and dream, and provide. And it was not locked because of my career.”
Well, don’t worry, Mr. West. Here are 14 other times Nicki Minaj stole the song:
1. Ludacris, “My Chick Bad”
Maybe Luda should have picked a less bad chick? Nicki likens herself to Freddie Kruger on her verse and slays as such, rhyming, “Now all these bitches wanna try and be my bestie / But I take a left and leave them hanging like a testi.”
2. Trey Songz, “Bottom’s Up”
Poor Trey Songz. He keeps featuring Nicki on his tracks and she keeps one-upping him (see also: “Touchin, Lovin”). This one is especially brutal though, as Nick’s pulls out all the stops for her verse, including an Anna Nicole Smith impression.
3. Diddy, “Hello Good Morning (Remix)”
This Dirty Money team-up is largely forgettable, until you get to Minaj’s bit, where she kicks up the snoozy energy and let’s Puff know how she does it: “Like 11 hundred horses when I switch that gear / I just swerve on them, sorta like I missed that dear.” Swerved, indeed.
4. Big Sean, “Dance (A$$)”
The twerk-friendly beat and emphasis on ass would have made this a hit regardless of who featured on it, but Sean owes Minaj a big thank you for hopping on the remix and making it iconic. No wonder she raps, “Kiss my ass and my anus, 'cause it's finally famous.”
5. Drake, “Make Me Proud”
Drake and Nicki are a great combo -- and it’s always a toss up who will come out on top. His hilarious verse about how he hasn’t had sex with Nicki -- but he wants to -- on her track “Only” was his moment to shine. Her rapid fire rhymes about “All of them bitches I’m badder than” on this is hers.
6. Lil Wayne, “Knockout”
Full disclosure: This song is garbage. It’s from Weezy’s rock phase and it’s not hard to one-up his autotuned yelling. That said, even one of Nicki’s weaker verses, like this one where she gives a play-by-play of a boxing match that turns NSFW, will make you chuckle.
7. French Montana, “Freaks”
For a song called “Freaks,” Nicki plays it fairly straightforward, but her punch lines have never been tighter. Like this iconic twist that Disney probably never saw coming: “Big fat pussy, Mufasa.” If Montana hadn’t been overshadowed already, she wore pasties for the video. French who?
8. 2 Chainz, “I Luv Dem Strippers”
The chorus of this song is “Yeah, I luv dem strippers (x5),” so Nicki wans't exactly working with much. But she used the opportunity to eviscerate her haters: “Bitches stay pressed, I call them a space bar / Man I wish a bitch would, hundred-thousand dollar engine, I wish a bitch could.”
9. Sean Kingston, “Letting Go (Dutty Love)”
When Nicki channels her island roots, it doesn’t always work -- that #TwerkIt song with Busta Rhymes is just tragic -- but when Kingston gave her the platform to wine here, she took it from a cute, little song you’d maybe play at the beach, to a full-on dancehall banger.
10. Chris Brown, “Love More”
Brown’s sing-songy boy voice sounds out of place saying such crude things, but Nicki goes right for the jugular and tells you exactly what’s going to go down in the bedroom, “Could I be your wife? / Naw we could bang though / I got these n****s whipped / Call me Django.”
11. Usher, “Lil Freak”
Usher smothers some of his usual charm making an anthem for the playboys, but it’s a woman who comes out on top: First of all, any rapper who can seamlessly incorporate all of Santa’s reindeer into a verse has a pen mightier than any sword. Second, ending you verse with “Everybody loves Raymond!” is actual genius (Usher’s real last name is Raymond).
12. Robin Thicke, “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy”
Before Thicke was writing creepy songs to try to win back Paula Patton, he actually made good music! This was one of Nicki’s first features and even back then, her rhyme play was insane, her punch lines were truly comical (“I throw it back like hairlines, that’s balding”), and right out the gate, she proved she could easily beat any dude.
13. Justin Bieber, “Beauty and a Beast”
This one doesn’t even seem fair though. That said, how can you beat someone who finds a way to rhyme weiner with Selena Gomez’s name?
Nicki Minaj is not just one the best female rapper alive. She’s one of the best rappers ever. Of course she’s going to beat you. Clock that, Kanye.
Now, here what Nicki had to say about growing up penniless: