Nicki Minaj is widely considered to be the Queen of Rap. Although there are new girls on the block like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki still remains influential. Many think Nicki actually paved the way for the other female rappers of this generation.

Nicki Minaj’s re-release of her first mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” had one of the largest opening-week sales for hip-hop in 2021. The re-release made a whole lot of “Barbs” lose their minds. It further proved Nick’s popularity and influence.

Nicki herself is surprised to see the mixtape make the cut with 80,000 first-week sales on the re-issue. She shared a post on Instagram Stories saying, “My 12 year old re-released mixtape made the list. Barbz!!!!!! Love you so much. Let’s go!” Many are of the opinion that first week sales are an indicator of a dedicated fanbase.

Nicky surely has an amazing fanbase, better known as “Barbs/z” on the internet. The fans are infamous for their rivalry with Cardi’s fans. On twitter, the word “stan” is used to describe a dedicated fan in addition to the singular form of the fanbase name.

Some critics have said that, because of the emphasis from fans on first-week sales, there has been a shift in the way that we listen to music, reducing replays after that all-important first week. As the year comes to a end, a list has started to circulate showing hip-hop’s biggest first weeks this year. Drake holds the top spot with 613,000 units moved in Week One with Certified Lover Boy. Kanye West was the runner-up with 309,000 units sold for DONDA in the first week.

Who do you think is the Queen of Rap? Sound off in the comments!

Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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