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|Nicki Minaj's New Mixtape|
|07-10-2009 09:19 | 0 comment(s)|
| Let's be honest. Lately, females have been altogether missing from the rap game. Lil' Kim has stayed busy dancing with the stars, while Remy Ma is doing her bid and Foxy Brown continues to lay low until she's given a shot at a comeback (remember, Jay-Z signed her to and dropped her from the Def Jam roster like a bad habit). But while femcees are taking a hiatus from the scene, there's one fire-tongued lady that's making waves on the mixtape circuit with the release of her latest tape Beam Me Up Scotty. And with a Lil Wayne co-sign, you know she's bound to do big things (just look what his blessing has done for Drake). So here's the scoop on NYC's own Nicki Minaj, the spicy young emcee that's snatching back the crown from hip-hop's male-dominated elite.
The Jamaica, Queens-based femcee has had a taste for stardom as far back as high school, when she attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the school upon which Fame is based and boasting alumni including Kelis, Slick Rick and Jean Grae). Nicki focused on acting and singing during her teenage years, entertaining her knack for rap during impromptu lunchroom freestyle sessions. But when she was encouraged by a friend to pursue rap as a full time gig, it was all she needed to make the switch from singer to emcee and her future career as a female emcee began.
Soon after, Nicki started to build a loyal fan base thanks to her sharp, venomous appearances on The Come Up DVD series. In her clips from the series, Nicki spits with the vigor of a thug with the appearance of a pin-up model. Fortunately for Nicki, Lil Wayne had a segment on the same DVD on which she was featured, and after viewing her get grizzly on the mic, he made a call to her manager to offer her the position to be the first female emcee of his Young Money Entertainment crew (the group consists of Drake, Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda and more). Like any up-and-coming emcee with their head screwed on straight, Nicki gracefully accepted the offer to become Young Money's rap femme fatale, a move that jump-started the buzz machine in both the streets and on the net.
On the music tip, Nicki's been holding it down on the mixtape grind with the release of a few street-heralded collections. Playtime is Over and Sucka Free introduced Nicki as a lyrical force to be reckoned with, but it wasn't until the recent release of Beam Me Up Scotty that heads started paying attention. Dressed like Wonder Woman on the tape's cover, Nicki raps her way through 23 tracks of pure piff, putting her own spin on DJ Khaled's "Go Hard" and Drake's "Best I Ever Had" while offering sizzling originals like the Lil Wayne-assisted "I Get Crazy" and "Itty Bitty Piggy." With guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Bobby Valentino, Ron Brownz, Red Café and more, Beam Me Up Scotty has earned Nicki heaps of praise and piqued the attention of hip-hop's premier media outlets, all before the sassy sparkplug has even inked a record deal to release her official debut.
So what's next for Nicki Minaj? Flying high off the success of Beam Me Up Scotty and shedding her sexual image so she can focus on the art of emceeing, Nicki is shopping around for a record deal while laying down tracks for first album. And while she's keeping her sights set on finishing the disc, Nicki is also lending her talents to other artists' projects, with appearances on Gucci Mane's most recent mixtape and a collaboration with Trina for her fourth album Amazing (the track is fittingly titled "Wonder Woman"). So if there were any doubts that females in rap were a thing of the past, Nicki's much needed presence in hip-hop is just the beginning of what promises to be a career with longevity.
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