Nicki Minaj’s Top Songs: Essential Hip-Hop Songs by the Music Industry’s Queen

Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty in Trinidad, is an acclaimed rapper and singer currently based in the United States. Embracing the title of "Queen of Rap," she distinguishes herself through her eclectic musical style, vibrant rap delivery, unique alter egos, and profound influence on the landscape of popular music.

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Following the much-anticipated release of Pink Friday 2, Nicki Minaj has unquestionably solidified her status as one of hip-hop's most pivotal artists. Her ceaseless creativity has been a driving force in the hip-hop landscape, particularly during the male-dominated prime era of the 2010s. Continue reading to explore both new and old top rap songs by the Queen.

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Red Ruby Da Sleeve

“Red Ruby Da Sleeze” is a song by Nicki Minaj, which is the 13th track on her album “Pink Friday 2.". The lyrics of the song are about Nicki’s close connections with gang members and exploiting violence. The song was released on March 3, 2023, and is Nicki’s first track for 2023.

Barbie World

"Barbie World" is part of the soundtrack to the movie "Barbie" . The song was produced by Atlantic Records, 10K Projects, and Capitol Records. The song has been well-received by fans and critics alike, with many praising the catchy beat and memorable lyrics.

The song features a playful and upbeat melody that is sure to get listeners dancing. Nicki and Ice Spice's verses are full of clever wordplay making the song a fun and entertaining listen. The chorus is catchy and easy to sing along to, with a memorable hook that will stay in your head long after the song is over. Overall, "Barbie World" is a great example of Nicki Minaj's versatility as an artist.

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Last time I Saw You

“Last Time I Saw You" features on Nicki Minaj's fifth studio album, Pink Friday 2. Nicki first teased the song on Instagram Live on August 14, 2023. In contrast to her earlier 2023 releases, the track adopts a more laid-back vibe, embracing a Pop-Rap style where Nicki seamlessly combines her rap and singing talents.

Topically, the song is about Minaj reminiscing on a past relationship with someone no longer in her life. She wishes she could go back and do things differently with this person, alluding to the fact that she still loves them. It is speculated that this song is about Minaj’s late father, Robert Minaj, who passed away in February of 2021.

Super Freaky Girl

"Super Freaky Girl" is a 2023 release showcasing Nicki's lyrical prowess, seamlessly intertwining her verses over a sampled beat from Rick James' iconic "Super Freak." This track boldly explores Nicki's sexual confidence and prowess, delving into explicit lyrics with numerous sexual references. The fusion of Nicki's rap skills with the timeless Rick James sample creates a captivating musical experience, offering a glimpse into her bold and unapologetic artistic expression.

Super Bass

In 2011, Nicki Minaj dropped a chart-topping gem that remains one of her most beloved tracks to date. This hip-hop masterpiece boasts an infectious chorus, seamlessly blending with Nicki's spirited verses expressing her admiration for a captivating man. The lyrics exude playfulness and positive energy, solidifying its status as a fan favorite in the realm of rap and hip-hop.

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Princess Diana

This song was released in 2023 and features Nicki rapping over a sample of “The Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod. The song is about Nicki’s status as a queen in the rap game and her ability to dominate her competition. The song’s lyrics are confident and boastful, making it a fan favorite.


Anaconda, released in 2014, stands out as one of Nicki Minaj's chart-topping hits. The track cleverly incorporates a sample from Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," adding a nostalgic touch. In this playful and provocative song, Nicki skillfully rhymes about her curves and her prowess in satisfying her partner. Renowned for its catchy lyrics, Anaconda quickly became a fan favorite, showcasing Nicki's unique style in the realm of hip-hop and rap music.

Pound the Alarm

"Pound the Alarm," a dynamic track released in 2012, showcases Nicki Minaj's prowess as a rapper, blending her signature style with a lively, dance-infused beat. The song invites listeners to let loose and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the dance floor. Boasting energetic and upbeat lyrics, "Pound the Alarm" has become a beloved fan favorite, capturing the essence of a carefree and exhilarating party experience.

High School

“High School” is a song that was released in 2013 as a collaboration between Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. The song’s lyrics revolve around two people who are in love but are struggling to make their relationship work. The song’s emotional and relatable lyrics have made it a fan favorite. The song’s music video features Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne in a high school setting, with Nicki Minaj playing a student and Lil Wayne playing a teacher.

Chun Swae

"Chun Swae," a dynamic hip-hop anthem released in 2018. Nicki Minaj's prowess as she delivers her verses over a captivating, slow, melodic beat. The track revolves around Nicki's self-proclaimed queen status in the rap industry and her undeniable ability to assert dominance over her rivals. With confident and boastful lyrics, "Chun Swae" quickly became a fan favorite, solidifying Nicki's standing as a formidable presence in the rap scene.


The song features a catchy chorus and Nicki rapping about letting go and having a good time. Its lively and high-energy lyrics have established it as a beloved choice among fans.The song’s music video, which was directed by Anthony Mandler, features Nicki Minaj and her crew stranded on a deserted planet.

Do We Have A Problem?

This song was released in 2023 and features Nicki rapping over a sample of “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. The song is about Nicki’s status as a queen in the rap game and her ability to dominate her competition. The song’s lyrics are confident and boastful, making it a fan favorite .

Moment 4 Life

In 2010, Nicki Minaj teamed up with Drake for the release of "Moment 4 Life." The song encapsulates Nicki's journey to fame and her determination to succeed in the music industry. With empowering and inspiring lyrics, "Moment 4 Life" quickly became a fan favorite, solidifying Nicki's place as a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop scene.

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