Producer: Kanye West
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Best Line: "Just killed another career, it's a mild day."
Jay-Z and Kanye West may be rap kings, but on this song even they had to watch the queen conquer. Spitting couplet after couplet about everything from the Middle Eastern climate to Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Nicki delivers a manically energetic verse with enough different characters for a Broadway musical.
This song isn't significant just because Nicki destroyed this verse (she's destroyed plenty). It's significant because it proved she could steal the show from even the biggest names in hip hop. "Besides Ye, they can't stand beside me," she boasts, but after this song dropped everybody was buzzing about how Nicki stole the show. Displaying massive talent and showmanship, she stepped into the spotlight, wowing fans, and silencing detractors. In other words, it was just a mild day.