Nicki Minaj is currently prepping her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded for an April 3 release and in the meantime the Young Money rapper continues to take up space on the newsstands with more than a few magazine covers. Minaj recently appeared on the covers of New York Magazine, Vibe and Paper and now she shows off her true blue colors for a feature in Vogue's March issue.
Minaj recent locked down the #4 spot on MTV's "Hottest MCs In The Game VII" list.
But by the time she dropped her Pink Friday debut last November, the world was on notice. Now, Nicki's success spans the pop and hip-hop worlds, and her fanbase is just as eclectic, with young girls and "Kens" all riding for the Young Money Barbie. Minaj's song "Super Bass" was just a bonus track on the album, but it won over fans including squeaky-clean Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, both of whom jumped on the record, rapping along line for line to the infectious track. "Bass" may have even helped Nicki score a spot opening for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale Tour.
As far as our Hottest MCs criteria, Nicki meets them all. Her impact is undeniable and, lyrically, she holds her own when she's playing with the boys: She stole the show on Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)" remix and declared herself the Female Weezy on Birdman's "Y.U. Mad." Need more proof? Minaj shut down New York Fashion Week in September 2011. And she has conquered hip-hop's digital landscape.