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Complex Names Nicki Minaj's Verse On Monster...

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Three years ago, Nicki Minaj was an upstart mixtape phenom, recently signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Records. Not everyone had heard of her; not everyone who had heard of her believed in her potential. Then one verse, the 32 bars she delivered on Kanye West's "Monster" deaded all questions.

It was surreal—for listeners and for Nicki herself. A lifelong fan of Jay-Z, she could hardly contain her excitement at the thought of appearing alongside him, Rick Ross, and Kanye West on one of standout tracks on Kanye's hugely anticipated fourth album. But she settled her butterflies and stepped up to the mic. Ross himself has said watching Nicki in the studio was witnessing "history being made." The verse stands as a milestone in Nicki's career, proof that she was in the game to stay.

The song starts with the pained, distorted singing of folk-rocker Justin Vernon, and Kanye's dense, dark beat sets the scene. Ross pops in for a few lines that are so vivid you can actually imagine him rumbling through the jungle. Kanye skates over his verse, dropping memorable lines like "Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh?/I'll put the pussy in a sarcophagus!" Jay-Z follows with breathy, eerie vocals that fit the ghoulish soundscape. But the boys club saved the best for last: Nicki.

Her wide-ranging verse showcases every trick in her over-stuffed bag. The first four bars announce her arrival, and her inevitable takeover. "You could be the king," she says to her more famous colleagues, "but watch the queen conquer." Once the beat drops, we meet the many faces of Nicki Minaj. Passionate, erratic, imploring, comedic, her performance has the power, years after its release, makes you stop dead in your tracks. Altering her vocal style on every line, she bounces her wordplay from Giuseppe Zanotti shoes to Tony Matterhorn's "Dutty Wine" to suggesting a ménage à trois with Kanye and his then-girlfriend Amber Rose. The full cast of characters that Nicki Minaj embodies is on full display—a glimpse into where she would take her career as a whole. After all, Nicki is more than just a rapper, she is a full-fledged entertainer—from her Barbie-voiced TV appearances to her radio-friendly pop crooning to her raspy, street-smart rhymes.

The proof of the verse's impact came just a month later, when Nicki's debut album, Pink Friday topped the charts on its way to selling well more than a million copies. It was clear, she did her thing alongside the best in the game—she stole the show, in fact, outshined them all. And fans remembered. —Lauren Nostro

Source: Complex.

  1. Teanna123 avatar

    On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 5:12 PM, Teanna123 said:

    YAAAAAAAAS!!! OF COURSE DEY hAD TO RECONIZE DIS VERSE!!! NICKI SLAYED, BODIED, KILLED, DESTROYED DIS WhOLE SONg!!! ShE MADE IT hER OWN!!! DIS WAS DA BEST VERSE FROM hER IN 2010!!! AFTER NICKI MADE DIS SONg DIS WAS TRULY hER MARK DAT ShE WAS hERE TO STAY AS DA QUEEN OF RAP!!! I EVEN LIKED hER BEFORE DAT SONg!! BUT I hAVE SEEN NO ONE DAT hAS JUST CAME IN DA gAME AND BODY AND SLAY A TRACK LIKE DAT!!! NOBODY BUT NICKI!!! BUT MORE AND MORE MY LOVED PROgRESSED FOR hER!!! EVERY SINgLE BAR IN DAT POWERFUL VERSE WAS hIT hARD!! ShE WENT SOOO hARD IN DAT SONg!!! DAT VERSE IS A VERSE DAT WILL TRULY STAY IN DA hALL OF FAME AS DA BEST VERSES OF ALL TIME!!! " PULL UP IN DA MONSTER, AUTOMOBILE gANSTA. WIThA BAD B**** DAT CAME FROM SRI LANKA. YEAh IM IN DAT TANKA, COLOR OF WILLY WONKA. YOU COULD BE DA KINg BUT WATCh DA QUEEN CONQUER! FIRST ThINgS FIRST, I'LL EATChA BRAINS. DEN IMMA START ROCKIN gOLD TEETh AND FANgS. CAUSE DAT WhAThA M*****F***** MOSTER DO. hAIRDRESSER FROM MILAN DATS DA MOSTER DO. MONSTER gISUPPE hEEL DATS DA MONSTER ShOE. YOUNg MONEY IS DA ROSTER AND DA MONSTER CREW. AND IM ALL UP ALL UP ALL UP IN DA BANK WIThA FUNNY FACE. AND IF IM FAKE, I AINT NOTICE CAUSE MY MONEY AINT! SO LET ME gET ThIS STRAIghT WAIT, IM DA ROOKIE? WITh MY FEATURES AND MY ShOWS, TENS TIMES YA PAY. A hUNDRED K FOR A VERSE NO ALBUM OUT! YEAh MY MONEY SO TALL DAT MY BARBIES gOTTA CLIMB IT. hOTTER DAN A MIDDLE EASTERN CLIMATE, FIND IT. TONY MATTERhORN DUTTY WINE IT, WINE IT. NICKI ON DEM TITTIES WhEN I SINgN IIIIIIIIIIT! hOW DESE NIggAS SO ONE-TRACK MINDED? BUT REALLY REALLY I DONT gIVE A F-U-C-K. FORgET BARBIE. F**** NICKI, ShES FAKE. ShE ONNA DIET, BUT hA POCKETS EATIN ChEESECAKE! AND I'LL SAY BRIDE OF ChUCKY IS ChILDS PLAY. JUST KILLED ANOThER CAREER. ITS A MILD DAY. BESIDES 'YE DEY CANT STAND BESIDES ME. I ThINK ME, YOU, AND AM ShOULD MINAJ FRIDAY. PPP PINK WIg, ThICK A*** gIVE EM WhIPLASh. I TTT ThINK BIg gET CASh. MAKE EM BLINK FAST. NNN NOW LOOK AT WhATChU JUST SAW. DIS IS WhATChU LIVE FOR! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAhh!!! IM A M*****F***** MONSTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I MEAN I hAVE NO WORDS TO SAY. IF YOU WERE IN DA gAME AROUND DAT TIME I WOULD FEAR MY POPULARITY, CLARITY, AND SMARTNESS. JUST SAYIN. SO PROUD OF U NICKI !!! WORDS CANT EXPRESS!!! ANYWAY, TEAM MINAJ TILL DA DEATh OF ME!!!!!!! YMCMB, TEAM MINAJ, AND NICKI MINAJ #1 STUNNAS BABY!!!!!!! CCCYYYYEEEEAAAA!!!!! LOVE U NNNNIIIICCCCKKKKIIIIIII!!!!!!! MMMMUUUUAAAA!!!!!!!

  2. WagnerZonski avatar

    On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM, WagnerZonski said:

    QUEEN OF RAP! QUEEN OF RAP! ♥

  3. Cleider Araujo avatar

    On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM, Cleider Araujo said:

    Nicki Minaj is not got anything to say. He is very cool.

  4. YOUNG NICE avatar

    On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM, YOUNG NICE said:

    I think she deaded all questions wayyyyy before Monster. Nic. Flow is CRAZY!
    #Nicki Really Do this Shit Been doin this shit holdin it down betta than anyone
    Ima be a rapper jus lik The Queen doe :))

  5. Barbie_Swag avatar

    On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM, Barbie_Swag said:

    Props to the queen for slaying the verse like that

  6. lil a loves nicki avatar

    On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 7:02 AM, lil a loves nicki said:

    hell yeah!!! go nicki :) xx

  7. umardaddy avatar

    On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 2:15 AM, umardaddy said:

    Yeah you are the QUEEN nick!

  8. momoney bouquet minaj avatar

    On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM, momoney bouquet minaj said:

    i luv dat song

  9. Chianne avatar

    On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM, Chianne said:

    She Is The Queen!!

  10. Pink Neecey avatar

    On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM, Pink Neecey said:

    First things first, I'll eat your brain. And then i'mma start rocking gold teeth and fangs! I love that verse

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