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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj trumps the majority of her competition in hip-hop — male or female. In fact, she sells more records, gets more radio spins, and sparks more conversation than the bulk of her male counterparts. The Jamaica, Queens, resident has been on a winning streak since her inception into rap in the late 2000s. Both her 2010 debut and 2012 sophomore project, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, have achieved platinum status. The amalgamation of a pop-infused aesthetic and flamboyant personality are both contributors to her continued chart dominance. Nicki Minaj’s reign isn’t appearing to slow down either, with her third studio album, The Pinkprint, slated for release later this year.

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