In a recent piece on “Why 2013 Was a Terrible Year for Women in Hip-Hop,” I, along with North Carolina MC Rapsody, surmised that Nicki Minaj’s somewhat absence this year might have had something to do with it. Because when the rap game’s biggest glass ceiling crusher of the last five years goes missing from the mic, it causes a ripple effect for her peers. Then, when she drops an unannounced freestyle over P.T.A.F.’s (Pretty Taking All Fades) “Boss Ass Bitch” in which she spits lines like “I came back bitches flows still boring / I said damn man, go back to whoring,” we’re quickly reminded why Nicki Minaj’s presence is so essential to hip-hop.

And in between instant quotables about being the best in the game and a “pussy standing ovation,” she also hints at her album slated for 2014 saying, “But on the real, I’m in album mode.” Get ready, Barbz.

Listen to Nicki Minaj’s “Boss Ass Bitch” remix below.

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