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NICKI MINAJ

Despite her huge personality, and elaborate style of dress, it’s hard to deny Nicki Minaj’s ability on the mic. Anyone that can get on a record with Rick Ross, Kanye West, and Jay-Z, and come out with arguably, the song’s best verse, deserves respect.

Nicki released hit after hit in 2010, with “Your Love” and “Right Thru Me” reaching #1 and #2 on the Hot Rap Songs list. In addition, she struck it big with “Check It Out,” “Roman’s Revenge,” “Moment 4 Life,” and “Did It On’em.” The success of these records, catapulted Nicki’s debut album, Pink Friday, to nearly double platinum status, as of November 2011, totaling over $1.6 million albums sold.

Young Money’s first lady is now set to release her follow-up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, on Valentine’s Day. She took the opportunity to also release another shot in Lil Kim’s direction, on “Roman in Moscow,” followed by “Stupid H*e”. While she’s gotten mixed reviews on the two records so far, she’s sure to give us more as we get closer to her release. Remember, she didn’t get much buzz around her release of “Massive Attack,” and then followed it up with six straight hits, including her multi-platinum “Super Bass.”

Nicki is now a Pop star appearing on the covers of magazines like Elle and W, earning her spot on this list as one to watch easily.

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