By Chris Yuscagave
Nicki Minaj’s buzz can’t get much bigger than it is right now.
Like Drake in the months leading up to the release of his debut, Thank Me Later, Miss Minaj is everywhere and she’s not the only one benefiting from it. To capitalize on her buzz, there have been a number of artists, including Usher, Ludacris, Trey Songz, Jay Sean, Sean Garrett and Sean Kingston, who have turned to her to give their singles an extra boost.
But there’s another trend going on as well: Female artists asking Nicki for a little girl power on their power ballads. Mariah Carey did it first on “Up Out My Face,” then Christina Aguilera reached out for “Woohoo” and, most recently, Keyshia Cole made her long-awaited return to the R&B game by asking Nicki to jump on her new single, “I Ain’t Thru.”
But why stop there? Nicki Minaj could help a whole bunch of other female artists—and, in the process, help her own career—by working with them in the near future.
To help give her some ideas, RapFix hatched a list of women Nicki should consider recording with soon and put the grrrrrr back in girl power.
Nicki Minaj x Willow Smith
We almost got this when an unauthorized leak of a “Whip My Hair” remix surfaced (Nicki’s contribution turned out to be an old verse). But, let’s put it this way: If she can hop on a track with a 9 year-old and give us a PG verse that still sounds good, it’d be an impressive feat—and a reason for Disney to give her a shot at recording a song for a soundtrack sometime soon.
Nicki Minaj x Alicia Keys
Why hasn’t this happened yet? Well, probably because Ms. Keys (or is it, Mrs. Beatz?) is out on maternity leave right now with little Egypt Dean. But when she gets back, don’t be surprised to hear these two rep the Big Apple on a track together. Nicki is from the City That Never Sleeps after all. And Alicia? Well, you already know she’s repping NYC, right?
Nicki Minaj x Katy Perry
Something tells us it’s only a matter of time before non-rap acts start knocking on Nicki’s door. And something also tells us that Katy P is one of the few females in the music game that could keep up with Nicki’s funny faces. This pairing is almost too easy. “I Kissed a Girl 2,” ladies?
Nicki Minaj x Rihanna
What’s that? They’ve already got something they’re cooking up for us? It’s about time. Good girls gone bad, indeed!
Nicki Minaj x Lady Gaga
We pity the poor stylist who would have to keep these two dressed on the set of their music video. But, we’re pretty sure the final product would be well worth it.
Nicki Minaj x Ke$ha
Nicki doesn’t seem like a Jack Daniel’s kind of girl and Ke$ha doesn’t look like the kind of girl that played with Barbie dolls growing up. But opposities might attract if these two brought their bigger-than-life personalities to the studio on the same day.
Nicki Minaj x Eve
Eve is trying to make a comeback early next year—and we support. That might have been fairly easy a couple years ago (well, not that easy, considering that she was supposed to come back and never did) but it’s gonna be pretty difficult to do now that Nicki’s occupying the “one female MC per generation” seat on hip-hop’s tour bus. But hearing two successful female rappers on the same track would be kind of nice, wouldn’t it?
Nicki Minaj x Madonna
Okay, enough with the softball suggestions. We want to see Nicki win and win BIG. It gets no bigger than recording a track with the original Material Girl. And since she’s reportedly been clamoring to work with a rapper as of late (Rolling Stone reported that she tried collabing with Eminem last year) we’re guessing this might not be out of the realm of possibility. Can’t you just hear all Nicki’s Madonna references already?
Nicki Minaj x Sade
Sade has reportedly turned down the opportunity to work with Jay-Z and told Drake to get lost. But, what if a young, strong, independent female MC stepped to her and said that she’s been dying to work with her? Hm … Now we’re talking.
Nicki Minaj x Lil Kim
You want to talk about making history? Listen, we know Nicki and Kim have had their problems in the past. But, hell, so did Jay and Nas and they managed to get past it. Great things come out of terrible situations. And something tells us a Nicki Minaj/Lil Kim collaboration would be a win for both parties. What do you say, girls?
What female artist do you think Nicki Minaj should work with next? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!