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Nicki Minaj wears silk underwear by La Perla; leather coat with knit collar and plastic boots by Miu MiuPhotography Jeff Bark, Styling Robbie Spencer

Stream Martelo's banging Nicki Minaj megamix

In homage to her Minajesty's cover, hit rewind with a career-spanning hour of her hardest bars

To celebrate Nicki Minaj's double cover in our latest issue, and as we wait with baited breath for the release of The Pinkprint, excuse us while we take a moment to bow down at the altar of Nicki Minaj with this exclusive mix from Martelo. Here, the NTS maverick picks out Nicki's most fearsome early verses, from her 2010 feature on Drake's "Up All Night" (“which bitch you know made a million off a mixtape?”) to her career-making turn on Kanye’s “Monster”.

When the debut LP Pink Friday finally came in late 2010 (followed by the 2012 re-up, Roman Reloaded), things took a turn for the poppier – and that theatrical pop streak didn't come out of nowher. Here, revisit her scene-stealing verse for Trey Songz’ chart topper “Bottoms Up”, which has us clutching our hearts at the way she flirts like a maniac for “a bottle of rosé”. From Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" to Usher's "Lil Freak", Nicki’s aliases are always exploding out of her like cartoon characters, and her hooks dazzling and sharp enough for radio.

Nicki’s shrugged off pedantic “Starships”-haters in recent years with snarling cuts like “Come On A Cone” and “Beez In The Trap,” the weaponised sexuality of “Anaconda” and “Lookin Ass” and flawless star turns on remixes for French Montana, YG and Beyoncé. As much as this mix was guided by a sheer love of Nicki’s most deranged and ferocious moments, if there’s one theme you could pull out it’s her love of rhymes about devouring her competition – she sneers on “Did It On ‘Em” “Imma eat them rap bitches when the chef come.” In general she chews over her words like they’re delicious (particularly the word “delicious” itself in Beyoncé’s “***Flawless” remix), and is hungry for success, money and, on “Up All Night,” donuts. It’s that kind of limitlessly ambitious, expressive, unpredictable and hilarious voice that means that in 2014, Nicki’s still eating her competition alive.


Nicki Minaj – "Anaconda"

DJ Khaled – "I Wanna Be With You feat. Future & Nicki Minaj"

Beyoncé – "Flawless (Remix)" feat. Nicki Minaj 

Nicki Minaj – "Chi-Raq feat. Lil Herb"                                                          

Ciara – "I’m Out feat. Nicki Minaj"                                                       

Nicki Minaj – "Beez In The Trap feat. 2 Chainz"

Nicki Minaj – "Beez In The Trap feat. 2 Chainz (Kaptain Cadillac Trap-Tech Remix)"

Nicki Minaj – "Did It On Em (DJ Nehpets Juke Mix)"

Big Sean – "Dance (A$$) (Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj"

Drake – "Up All Night feat. Nicki Minaj"

M.I.A. – "Tekquilla (Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj"

Usher – "Little Freak feat. Nicki Minaj"

Trey Songz – "Bottoms Up feat. Nicki Minaj"                                          

Nicki Minaj – "HOV Lane"                                                                        

Nicki Minaj – "I Get Crazy feat. Lil Wayne"                                                   

Kanye West – "Monster (Kingdom's Nicki-centric Edit)"

Nicki Minaj – "Stupid Hoe"

French Montana – "Freaks feat. Nicki Minaj"

Gyptian – "Hold Yuh (Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj"

Nicki Minaj – "Beam Me Up Scotty"                                                               

Nicki Minaj – "Boss Ass Bitch Remix feat. PTAF"                                                 

Nicki Minaj – "Moment 4 Life feat. Drake"                                                     

Trey Songz – "Touchin, Lovin feat. Nicki Minaj"                                              

Trey Songz – "Touchin, Lovin feat. Nicki Minaj (DJ SUGI Remix)"

Nicki Minaj – "Dreams ’07"

Nicki Minaj – "Roman Reloaded feat. Lil Wayne"

YG – "My Nigga feat. Rich Homie Quan & Nicki Minaj"

Nicki Minaj – "Lookin’ Ass Nigga"

Young Thug – "Danny Glover (Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj"

Rae Sremmurd – "No Flex Zone (Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj"

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