Album: Young Money: Rise of an Empire

Nicki Minaj’s scathing yet brutally honest “Lookin Ass” was a lightning rod for controversy this year. Her second verse took aim at no-good, bottle and chain sharing men, as she flips the script on the women-bashing songs that we hear on the radio daily. Though it may have caused men to turn up their nose in disgust, Nicki turns the tables on the facade of the “successful drug-dealer” by shining the spotlight on their pathetic antics in the club (“In the club with a credit card scam ass nigga”) before snatching their masculinity away by calling them “pussies.” “Lookin Ass” wasn’t just an anthem for fed up women, it was one of the most poignant social commentaries of the year. —Justin Davis