Over 10 years ago, Nicki Minaj was struggling to make a name for herself as part of The Hoodstars, a four-person New York-based group. Her manager Debra Antney (Waka Flocka's mother and CEO of "Mizay Entertainment"), seeing the star potential in the Jamaican, Queens-raised star, got her noticed by a number of people in the industry. This lead to Nicki appearing on The Come Up Volume 11, a street DVD released by Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment. Nicki would go on to drop two releases with the label, Playtime is Over and Sucka Free. But it was on her 2009 project Beam Me Up Scotty that would garner the attention she deserved and net her a deal with Cash Money.
In the last five years, Nicki has gone from that girl from Queens who could spit really well to one of the most powerful figures in the hip-hop industry. She runs an empire. Her first album, Pink Friday, would become a critically acclaimed project, and she'd follow suit with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up.
She's been put under fire for the schizophrenic use of everything from EDM to hip-hop to R&B to bubblegum pop. Her fans have been divided into two groups: Those who want her to rap like the girl on The Come Up and those who enjoy her pop-leaning tracks. With Nicki's forthcoming The Pink Print, we're excited to see where she goes next. And with her latest single, "Pills N Potions" out now, very few people know what to expect. Whether you love her or hate her, you know she's one of the most talented rappers out right now, so what better time to look at her catalog and find some standout moments. Here are The 25 Best Nicki Minaj Verses.