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Carrie Battan

Website: Pitchfork
Twitter: @CBattan
Favorite Rapper: Nicki Minaj

I considered going for a more obscure pull, but that would've been dishonest. Nicki Minaj is bar-none (pun intended) the most skilled rapper we have right now, and that's not even the half of it. Her ability to scale the universe—to sell perfume, hang out with little girls on Ellen, and then drop two of the toughest verses on a Meek Mill mixtape—is thrilling. She's got so much charisma and dazzle that she can make even the dullest of tracks something I want to put on repeat (she's the opposite of Big Sean in that sense). Nicki Minaj constantly makes me want to be better at life.

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