Top 10 Nicki Minaj Verses of All-Time
Every couple of years, the Barbs assemble collectively to break down Nicki Minaj’s best albums, singles, features, and verses. Allotting the Queen of Rap time to dominate the charts, these lists range across the internet almost annually. Although Minaj has not released a studio album since 2018, the Grammy-nominated artist has been featured in a plethora of singles across nearly every genre of music. Minaj is best known for her combative flow, witty bars, and animated demeanor, making her one of the most sought-out features in the game. She is an undeniable force and one of the greatest rappers alive.
It has been over a decade since I started listening to Nicki Minaj. I was first introduced as she was inaugurated into Young Money, and I was sold on her artistry once she released Pink Friday. Her verses are undoubtedly dynamic, and I admire her ability to push industry standards bar-by-bar. With a myriad of legendary verses, it only seems fitting for this long-time Barb to decode what I deem to be her 10 best verses of all-time.
Coming in at number 10 is one of Minaj’s most slept-on freestyles, “Itty Bitty Piggy.” Sampling Soulja Boy’s “Donk,” the female MC showcases her ability to dominate any beat with her New York flow. The track was released on Minaj’s third mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty and is one of the first glimpses at her capabilities as a rapper. The song now lives exclusively on SoundCloud and YouTube as a comemoratory piece of the star’s success.
It's like I just single-handedly annihilated, you know, every rap bitch in the building
Like, like, I’m Nicki Minaj, Nicki Lewinsky, Nicki the Ninja, Nicki the Boss, Nicki the Harajuku Barbie
Like, I mean, I don't even know why you girls bother at this point
Like, give it up! It's me!
I win! You lose! Hahaha
Entering the realm that is Pink Friday is track number three off the album, “Did it On’em.” Minaj manages to slow her flow on the track, ultimately making her lyricism resonate harder than ever before. “Did it On’em” is profound. Any song that can utilize the line, “If I had a dick I would pull it out and piss on ‘em," in the first verse deserves to see the Hall of Fame.
Broke bitches so crusty (Disgust me)
Gave the bitch a ride, got the Continental dusty
Trust me, I keep a couple hundred in the duff’-B
Couple wet wipes case a bum try to touch me, ew
“Up All Night” was the first of many collaborations between Nicki Minaj and Drake. Their iconic relationship helped elevate the trajectory of their careers forever, showcasing their talents both together and independently. Off Drake’s debut studio album Thank Me Later, Minaj manages to seamlessly create a space for her illicit bars while incorporating her own animated style.
Drizzy say get her, I’ma get her
I got the kind of money, make a broke bitch bitter
I got that kinda—wait, wait—fixate
Which bitch you know made a million off a mixtape?
“Barbie Tingz,” released alongside “Chun-Li” as bonus solo singles off Minaj’s 2018 album Queen, re-solidified the female MC’s stature in the rap game. After taking a brief hiatus, Minaj needed a comeback track that perfectly encompassed the reputation she had been building for years. “Barbie Tingz,” with its antagonizing bars, was the ideal solution.
I spoke to Jay the other day, he’s still the kingpin
He’s still the only nigga that I woulda signed to
If I ain’t sign to Wayne’s perfectly designed crew
‘Cause we the big three, don’t need a big speech
We made the biggest impact, check the spreadsheet
That’s Lil Weezy the Barbie and Drizzy Drake
In an alternate universe where all men have been abolished and women reign, “Super Bass” would swiftly be crowned the national anthem. The 2010 breakthrough hit claimed residency on the Billboard charts and became a sensation worldwide. Memorizing the first verse of this track was liberating in itself, and for many, was an introduction to Nicki’s pop stardom.
This one is for the boys with the boomin’ system
Top down, AC with the cooler system
When he come up in the club, he be blazin' up
Got stacks on deck like he savin' up
And he ill, he real, he might gotta deal