By Rob Markman
Nicki Minaj opened up the 2012 NBA All-Star Game with a performance at Orlando's Amway Center, delivering her hit "Super Bass," clad in a white jumpsuit with her usual colorful wig. After wrapping her performance Nicki headed back to her dressing room but not before chatting with MTV News about her position on the list of MTVs Hottest MCs in the Game VII.
"Hottest MCs #4, let's get it," she boasted with a Queens swagger. "That's big, though. I deserve it. I put in work."
On Thursday night Nicki released her new single "Roman Reloaded" with Lil Wayne, and on the new single from her upcoming sophomore album she made sure to brag and boast. Only Rick Ross, Drake and Kanye West placed higher, giving Minaj the highest Hottest ranking for a female MC in the history of the debate.
Nicki was initially slotted at #5 with Young Money boss Wayne clocking in at #4, but several members of the MTV Hottest Brain Trust felt strongly enough about Nicki's accomplishments mixed with her lyrical impact and ability to more than hold her own when playing with the boys warranted a second look at her ranking. Hottest MCs moderator Sway Calloway called for a vote and in the end, six of the nine experts elected to move Nicki up to the #4 spot, sending Weezy down to #5.