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Countdown to Nicki Minaj's 'Pink Friday': 'BMUS'

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As we continue our journey to the release of Nicki Minaj's debut 'Pink Friday,' we remember the mixtape that started it all. Minaj's 'Beam Me Up Scotty' mixtape dropped on April 18, 2009. Presented by DJ Holiday and The Trap-A-Holics, her third mixtape clicked with the hip-hop world, becoming one of the most downloaded mixtapes in 2009. In addition, two of Nicki's breakthrough songs came from 'Beam Me Up Scotty.'

It took a little song called 'I Get Crazy' with a cameo from a rapper named Lil Wayne to officially build the Nicki Minaj buzz. The track was a combination of abstract rap with boom bap, revealing a gradual change in Nicki's style. While Wayne's verse came at a time when he was experimenting with his rock side, it was Nicki who sounded like the weirdo ... in a good way. Nicki opens the song with, "When I feel really crazy, I just get on my broom and fly away." With hints of extraterrestrial behavior coupled with unapologetic pansexuality, Nicki was already beginning to separate herself from the female rap bunch, despite constant comparisons to Lil Kim over early press photos. However, Nicki also proved on 'Beam Me Up Scotty' that she didn't need Wayne by her side to make a hit. In fact, she didn't need anybody, as her second buzzworthy track 'Itty Bitty Piggy' had Nicki as a one-woman show.

'Itty Bitty Piggy' is cocky, strange and grimy all at the same time. Nicki's entrance begins with a nod to the Cosby spinoff 'A Different World': "I was on the plane with Dwayne/ You could call me Whitley, I go to Hillman/ Listen I'm the baddest in the school, baddest in the game." Nicki is braggadiocious and confident as she claims her status as the next chick to hit it big. The video for 'Itty Bitty Piggy' dropped on YouTube that September of 2009, and to date has close to 13.5 million viewers. Not bad for something that looks like it was filmed on a FlipCam. Big movements start small, and Nicki Minaj is proof of that. Check out the video for 'Itty Bitty Piggy' below. Toward the end of the video, Nicki declares, "It's me! I win!" She isn't kidding.

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  1. loveis avatar

    On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 1:08 PM, loveis said:

    in love:))

  2. *Mrs._Minaj* avatar

    On Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM, *Mrs._Minaj* said:

    :D

  3. MzDimpledAngel avatar

    On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM, MzDimpledAngel said:

    I don't even know why you girls bother at this point!

  4. MzDimpledAngel avatar

    On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM, MzDimpledAngel said:

    Itty bitty piggy still slaaaaaaaaays!!!!!

  5. brokenhalo92 avatar

    On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM, brokenhalo92 said:

    that's what's uppp :)

  6. #Teamminaj:] avatar

    On Sat, May 7, 2011 at 6:39 AM, #Teamminaj:] said:

    xDD lOl

  7. TeamMinajHaley avatar

    On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 8:59 AM, TeamMinajHaley said:

    oh yes, itty bitty piggy was my song!!!

  8. rachieminaj. avatar

    On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 4:37 PM, rachieminaj. said:

    nicki you never fail to amaze, love you!xx

  9. NIQUEEN_MINAJ avatar

    On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM, NIQUEEN_MINAJ said:

    I Love, Love You So very Much Nicki ... Words Couldn't dare be Enough to explain .... Happy Early Bday Mama Enjoy Ur Special Day

  10. NIQUEEN_MINAJ avatar

    On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM, NIQUEEN_MINAJ said:

    I Love, Love You So very Much Nicki ... Words Couldn't dare be Enough to explain .... Happy Early Bday Mama Enjoy Ur Special Day

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