10 Years of Pink Friday
It’s been a decade since Nicki Minaj released her debut album Pink Friday. An influential album that would go on to be certified 3x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Yesterday marks 10 years since Nicki Minaj released her debut album, Pink Friday. An album that propelled her career and made her one of the biggest names in hip-hop. The album had features from high profile artists with already established careers, such as Kanye West, Eminem, Rihanna, Will.I.Am. However, they weren’t exactly doing her any favors. Nicki held her own on every track that featured a rap veteran and she made hits with every track that didn’t have a feature, including “Your Love”, “Right Thru Me”, “Super Bass”, and “Did it On ‘Em”. These songs accelerated Nicki Minaj to stardom she was born to claim.
Those who were familiar with Nicki Minaj from mixtapes, Playtime is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty, knew what she was capable of and that her rise to fame was inevitable.
Before her debut, Nicki secured a spot on Kanye West’s single, “Monster”, which was released about a month prior to Pink Friday. Her verse on “Monster” is arguably the best on the song and the most legendary of her career. The verse will forever be immortalized. Evidence of this is, Grammy Award winning singer Adele, rapping along to Nicki’s verse during Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon in 2016.
Nicki Minaj’s skill is apparent throughout her entire freshman album. Her flow was impeccable on every beat, she breezed through each track effortlessly and smoothly. Even on “Blazin”, where she rapped 5.8 syllables per second, the flow and delivery was seamless.
The album, Pink Friday signifies the birth of the Barbz, Nicki Minaj’s extremely loyal, diehard fanbase, who have done a significant amount of trolling and cyberbullying across all social media platforms throughout their favorite artist’s career. Pink Friday also signifies the birth of all Nicki Minaj’s sons. On the track, “Did it On ‘Em”, Nicki Minaj proclaims that “All these bitches is my sons,” a signature phrase she’d go on to use in a number of ways over many songs. Nicki also introduced her fans to Roman, her alter ego, similar to Eminem’s, Slim Shady.
The Pink Friday era of Nicki Minaj was only the beginning of her colorful and illustrious career. Known for her Barbie aesthetic, she was often adorned in pink wigs and bright outfits and makeup, expressing herself through her hair and fashions. These fashions helped her get deals with beauty companies, MAC Cosmetics and OPI.
Since releasing her debut, Nicki Minaj has won numerous awards, notably BET Award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist from 2010-2016. For a long time, she was the only female rapper releasing music and her rapping style and performance was so distinct and refreshing she was everybody’s favorite female rapper, including myself.
The influence of Pink Friday will live on forever. This project secured Nicki Minaj a place in entertainment forever. Not only did she receive acknowledgement and cosigns from her peers, she showed the world what she was capable of. She made a lane of her own and that lane became a way for the new women to enter the rap game with ease. Her talent elevated the bar, not only for female rappers but for male rappers as well. She showed that not only can women rap with the men, they could outrap the men too. If there was a list of influential rappers, Nicki Minaj would be in the Top 3 and her Pink Friday is proof of that. Don’t you agree? Nicki is the Barbie, Nicki is the Queen, Nicki is “the alpha the omega, everything in between.”
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Barbara Hall is a 24 year old writer from Harlem, New York. She has always had a love for English and pouring words onto pages. Barbara stays up-to-trend with all things pink, fashion, music and sports.
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