Nicki Minaj threatened to let her Barbiez loose if she didn't make the 2010 Hottest MCs in the Game list. The warning was in jest, but fortunately for the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust, Minaj landed at #6.
The Lil Wayne protégé became the first female rapper to make the cut, and the historic nod was not lost on her.
"Oh my God, I was overwhelmed with emotions," she told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway during an appearance on "RapFix Live." "It's really something, as a kid, just as an aspiring rapper, you look at. Who misses this show? No one is missing the list being revealed. You count down the days. It kind of makes you a part of this elite club. I haven't even put the album out yet, and to be a part of something that Eminem, Jay, Kanye and Lil Wayne are a part of, I couldn't believe it was happening."
The pick was an easy one, however, as she blazed guest appearances throughout the year, heating up numbers by Mariah Carey, Ludacris and will.i.am, just to name a few. Nicki said Young Money member Mack Maine was the one who broke the news to her. She said, although she knew she had to make the list this year, she was still worried her ranking would be low because she was a girl.
"I was thinking, 'Well, they'll probably put me on at 10,' " she said. "My first question was, 'I better not be anything after 8.' I don't know why I had this thing about 8. But when he told me, it was just the best feeling."
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