As if nabbing guest spots on back-to-back mixtapes from the Best Rapper Alive (Lil Wayne’s Da Drought 3 and Dedication 3) didn’t generate enough buzz for the Southside Jamaica, Queens rapstress, Nicki Minaj displayed superstar potential on her first two mixtapes (2007’s Playtime Is Over and 2008’s Sucka Free), before cementing her status as the hottest female MC in the rap game with 2009’s Beam Me Up Scotty.

Released two months after So Far Gone, the tape proved that Nicki was capable of being as big as fellow Young Money rookie Drake, not to mention the more aggressive and clever wordsmith. Over 23 tracks, she rapped with an arrogance and energy similar to Wayne, going toe-to-toe with her boss on “I Get Crazy.” Their collaboration, just like the entire project, served as evidence that Nicki was capable of penetrating hip-hop’s boy’s club from day one.