the audience loved her almost as much as she loves herself 

the audience loved her almost as much as she loves herself 

When Nicki Minaj released her first major hit, Starships, in 2012, not only did she prove a woman could rap with as much muscle as any man, she proved it could be done in a pink bikini, green wig and stilettos. Forced to defend her corner time and time again, rap’s female head of state quickly became a champion of feminine sexuality, power and blackness; successfully upending popular culture in the process. She called herself Queen, and the world knelt.

Yet, even by Minaj’s standards, she’s had a combative year, with the ten-time Grammy nominated artist breathing fire on anyone who dares say her name in vain. Last July she made headlines for calling 26-year-old journalist Wanna Thompson “ugly…

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