Even before Nicki Minaj released her debut album at the end of 2010, she was already the hottest female MC on the planet for a couple of years. Armed with numerous guest verses and mixtapes, as well as a roller-coaster style that lands somewhere between here and Mars, Minaj slowly but surely worked her way up to her first headlining tour, which comes to PlayhouseSquare this week. To get you in the mood, we've rounded up her Top 10 rhymes.
1. "My Chick Bad" (Ludacris)
"Now all these bitches wanna try and be my besty/But I take a left and leave them hanging like a teste/Trash talk to 'em, then I put 'em in a Hefty/Running down the court, I'm dunkin' on 'em/Lisa Leslie."
2. "Monster" (Kanye West)
"Let me get this straight/Wait, I'm the rookie/But my features and my shows 10 times your pay?/50k for a verse, no album out/Yeah, my money's so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
3. "Till the World Ends (Remix)" (Britney Spears)
"Chimpanzees is hatin', but I take it all in stride/Put her in a jungle with bananas on the side/Told you they'd revive your career, but somebody lied/I ain't talking poultry when I say this chicken's fried."
4. "Beauty and a Beat" (Justin Bieber)
"World tour, it's mine/Ten little letters on a big sign/Justin Bieber, you know I'm gonna hit 'em with the ether/Buns out, wiener/But I gotta keep an eye out for Selena."
5. "Roman's Revenge"
"I'm a bad bitch, I'm a cunt/And I'll kick that ho, punt/Forced trauma, blunt/You play the back, bitch, I'm in the front/You need a job, this ain't cuttin' it/Nicki Minaj is who you ain't fuckin' with."
6. "Jump Off '07"
"You arrive when it just get started/I come through at 2 and I don't get carded/Excuse me, I had to beg your pardon/Mami, ya flow sick, my flow's retarded/Cause you can say something and you won't be sick/But um, I can't help my retarded chick/Cause my flow stupid, wheelchair-bound/Take the small bus all year round."
7. "Check It Out"
"Step up in the party like my name was bad bitch/All these haters mad because I'm so established/They know I'm a beast/Yeah, I'm a fucking savage/Haters, you can kill yourself."
8. "BedRock" (Young Money)
"Maybe it's time to put this pussy on your sideburns/He say I'm bad, he probably right/He pressin' me like button downs on a Friday night."
9. "Best I Ever Had (Remix)" (Drake)
"I put that 'S' on my chest and I'm gone/But on another note, let's have sex in my dorm/And I'm-a make you beg cause you look pretty when you beggin'/So meet me on the campus/I'll be there around 11."
10. "Slumber Party" (Gucci Mane) "Got 'em smiling like the Joker/Got that na-na-na-na-na-na-na Little Mermaid on my linen/When your mama's sleeping you can call me and get all up in it/Bankrolls gimme all them pretty furs/Cause my pussy game cold when he hit it/He say brr, he say brr brr brr brr brr, I'm-a I'm-a marry her/And he play with that purr like he strummin' his guitar."