The 50 Best Songs of 2012 (So Far)

40. Nicki Minaj f/ Chris Brown "Right By My Side"

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Producer: Andrew 'Pop' Wensel, Oak, Flip, JProof
Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

After throwing many of her hip-hop fans for a loop with "Starships," Nicki followed up with this second single off Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. While she caters to many diverse audiences, Nicki somehow manages to mesh pop, R&B, and that one tight verse that reminds us all that Nicki can still, in fact, kill it on the mic.

"It ain't your spit game, it's your dick game" she raps on behalf of any woman who's ever felt jealous, irrational, and "hella bent" during an argument with her man. While Chris Brown's feature verse is eerily similar to "No Air," his collab with Jordin Sparks, this isn't too far from Nicki's "Right Thru Me" either—but it's definitely an upgrade. And we get to watch Nicki and Nas swap some tongue in the video. Nicki fans rejoice!

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