Nicki Minaj Lands No. 1 Album in the Country

Nicki Minaj

It’s taken 11 weeks, but Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday has finally hit No. 1. The Young Money rapper sits atop the Billboard 200, selling an additional 45,000 copies of her debut album to push her sales past the one million mark.

The Harajuku Barbie is one of the few artists to enter below the top spot and later claim it as their own, according to Billboard. Last year, Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being was the sole album to bow outside of No. 1 and then top the chart further on in time. Pink Friday debuted at No. 2 in November and has charted every week since inside the top 10.

“We finally did it! PINK FRIDAY is the #1 Album in the United States of America!!!!! *faints* thank u sooooo much for the continued support!” tweeted the humbled raptress, tickled pink.

Elsewhere on the chart, Bruno Mars rises from No. 5 to 4 with Doo-Wops & Hooligans, while Rihanna’s Loud moves 13-5. Eminem’s Recovery, nominated for Album of the Year at this Sunday’s Grammys, rests at No. 9.

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75 Comments

  1. OnlyBoy

    Oh yeaaaa lil kim fans aint got nothing to say now!!! i love it!

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  2. OnlyBoy

    THE QUEEN OF HIP HOP!!!

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  3. freefalling

    that is wonderful for her, keep it
    moving nicki.

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  4. Phoenix_Wright

    Wow lol I didn’t expect it to happen but congrats!

    Recently NO popular artist have been coming out with albums in the last month or so but her sales have stayed steady so she got to #1

    The next album she’ll definitely hit #1 INSTANTLY

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  5. #1

    I love it how every comment is about Lil’ Kim, even though you supposedly don’t like her. Anyway Happy for Nicki, but still have love for Notorious KIM. Wish them both success.

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  6. Humble

    WHY Is Lil’Kim name always on Nicki STANS mind??? Seriously, Ok great she is achieving Success, Kudos to Nicki, however Kim has already had her success, and still having success. Check the FACTS!!! Stop with the INGORANCE all the time. Grow up People. Check the pictures and the posters, Nicki will always be #2. She may have the #1 album after ELEVEN Weeks, ONLY because Young Money bought them, trust me, the Label had something to do with it. I’d put money on that.

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  7. namzii

    YES LOVE YOU NICKi..
    and they sed you was a phase…

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  8. OnlyBoy

    BOW to the QUEEN!!! Kim MAD!

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  9. bnaa

    QUEEN NICKI MINAJESTY!

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  10. st

    Nicki ,this is just the beginning of your success. Stay focus and dont anyone distract you with any form of beef. The sky is just your stepping stone and i cannot wait for your second album ,it will be epic especially with a touch of carribean reggae. Good job. Team Minaj

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  11. Jwellz10

    CONGRADS NICKI..WITH THE RIGHT SINGLES PICKED NEXT UP “PINK FRIDAY” CAN GO EITHER 2X-3X PLATNIUM..THAT WILL BE A REALLY GOOD LOOK CONSIDERING MUSCI ISN’T SELLING HOW IT USE & WILL LOOK REALLY GOOD FOR OTHER FEMALE RAPPERS AS WELL..THE LAST ALBUM FEMALE ALBUM THAT I LIKED & THAT SOUNDED TO GOOD TO ME WAS BACK IN 2008 “STILL THE BADDEST” BY TRINA

    SUPPORT ALL FEMALE RAPPERS!!!

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  12. Javier

    Yeahhhh that’s what I though go nicki Minaj your the best nothing to say lil Kim fans yup nicki minaj

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  13. stbaby

    Hate and jealousy is a very bad disease and when it takes control of a person, they die slowly.Nicki congrats and the haters can kill themselves because what they achieved in 5 yrs ,you just did within a year and still counting. God bless you Onika you are one of a kind.Long live Minajesty.

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  14. Court

    @ Jwellz10…Sweety KEEP DREAMING, Pink Friday will NOT go double or Triple platinum, youre PUSHING it hun, Pump the brakes!!! Anyway, congrats Nicki, im sure Universal made sure they bought an extra 10,000 albums to get you to number one. Not unusual, alot of labels have done it. You are truly a GREAT ‘POP’ Star this year.

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  15. chloe

    too bad rihanna hasnt done it

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  16. buddyreal

    im sure taylor swift’s (“superbass”) fans had the majority of the 45,000 this week! CONGRADS

    PINK FRIDAY will be multi-platnium album b4 the years end considering her next single with rihanna..I can Jus hear radio eating that record for sure!!

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  17. Borale

    yeaah she dit it !

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  18. Dabxdon

    She deserves her success..why r the nicki fans always concerned about the Queen Bee? Theres no comparison..Lil Kim is in the legendary lane…Black Friday the mixtape drops 2/14/11

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  19. Valencia Clay

    Go Nicki. I love your music and am so blessed to rock to it everyday. You deserve it mama. We love Lil Kim as well. Lil Kim is my girl but like you say let’s all share. There is plenty of abundance to go around. Peace & Love.

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  20. Joyams

    “Young Money bought them.” LOL just STFU already.
    Congrats Nicki!

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  21. Brionna

    y are yall hating just give it to her… she’s done well for herself … So proud of u Nick!!!!

    “No.1 album in the country and its a mild day” lol… who’s mad??

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  22. Kyle

    WOOOOOWWWWW good for her! I kinda predicted that would happen this week. She is seriously UNSTOPPABLE at this point. Go Nicki!!

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  23. anthony

    Love you nicki, you deserve it ! You the fucking best !!

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  24. DesireeP

    Congrats Nicki #TeamMinaj till the DEATH of Me!!! We love You Nicki and I Will continue praying for you!!!

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  25. byronluvminaj

    alllllllllllll you hoes are just mad exscuse after exscuse after exscuse….you cant face the fact that she winning… yall haters say she couldn’t get a platinum album but look where she at…..hating hoes die slow (.)

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  26. You Be Killin Em

    In its 11th week and its #1 with 45,000 copies. WOW!!!! Nicki is killim em. Its even selling more than Kanyes My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Imma just say this Lil Kim has never had a #1 album and probobly never will, then again Lil Kim has never had a #2 or #3 album on Billboard Hot 100 in her career. Nicki doesnt see Lil Kim has competition anymore then again she wasnt competition to begin with her career has been a wrap for a good while now. If yall think about it History is being made cause 15, 20 years from now people will be looking back at this in music. Nicki will be a Legend. Mark my words.

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  27. Answer that

    Has Lil Kim ever had a #1 album before? I’ll wait………

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  28. From Tokyo

    Aside from that, though, it’s still weird how long it takes to shift a million copies nowadays. Not “weird”, really, but still. Albums are so cheap in the U.S., too. I’m focusing on that – y’all can argue over the rest.

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  29. br732

    Lil’ Kim has had a #1 album before, and it was on the Hip Hop or R&B Charts, however that was at a time when FEMALE RAPPERS never got the opportunities male rappers had, It took artists like Lil’ Kim to open doors and break down barriers, for artists like Fake Nicki Minaj to get where she its. Pay respect, thats all Kim is saying. Nicki didnt get to the top by herself, it took females Blood, sweat and tears in this industry to get opportunities. New artists are so disrespectful and cocky, but it doesnt matter. Congrats Nicki, youre on your 14th minute of fame!!! I guarantee, she wont be on any legendary type stuff, she is a CLONE!!! Check the history

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  30. Yeah

    it doesn’t matter if Rihanna hasn’t done it bitch!! she still sells :P keep hating

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  31. LoesLove

    Lil kim is dead. No one is checking for her. Let that ugly, plastic face bit*h rest. She is not legendary.
    Yall stay mad @ Nicki.
    Kim raps about suchin di*k, and making her pus*y purr. Nicki is on a different level from Kim. Stop comparing the 2. Kim is a hasbeen that never was.

    Congrats to Nicki! This is just the beginning. Haters will continue to be mad.

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  32. Sexyone

    Rihanna is like 5 albums Deep in this game. No comparisons to Nicki Minaj…Ri Ri has proved she is NOT a one album wonder, Nicki has to get there. Plus, RiRi hasn’t Jacked anyone’s style, Nicki is a Kim clone.

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  33. fizzle

    Yaaaaaassssss Nicki bi*ch! Yaaaaaassssss Nicki bi*ch! Yaaaaaassssss Nicki bi*ch! (does rhythmless hand movement)

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  34. Answer that

    @Br732 Your wrong. Check the charts Lil Kim has never had a #1 album on Billboard before. Hip Hop and R&B chart doesnt count im talking about the Top billboard chart. The first female rapper to ever get a #1 album was Eve and that was with her Debut First Lady. Check the charts.

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  35. LoesLove

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO @ FRIZZLE!!!!!

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  36. GangsterA

    congrats nicki so happy for her :)

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  37. mon

    congrats nicki but we all know kim is your mother! i think trey and nicki are just a phase because they are bitting and being disrepectful to the ppl that birthed the music they are doing trey will never be r.kelly status nicki will never be lil kim status! the same is happening to keyshia cole she had 5 #1 singles but she was just a mary clone and ppl r now seeing that be original or u wont last!! ciara too!

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  38. LoesLove

    R.Kelly was the 1st to do R&B
    Kim isnt the 1st woman to rap!

    You people are so stupid

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  39. chika

    Well haters can say what they want but that was what they said of your fame last year yet we are now in a new year and you are still standing.God purposely allowed you to have HATERS in order to motivate you.He even allowed some washed up Rappers to come at you so that they will not say that your success was due to their contribution as they claim because they were not the first female to do this . Nicki you might not know that you are an epitome of change , you make history and break records.And i thank God that you signed with a strong and the best group of Rappers. you will forever conquer.

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  40. CARLITOS

    @ Answer That

    The 1st Female rapper to have a #1 album was Foxy Brown with her album Chyna Doll! Not Eve!

    Foxy’s #1 came in Jan 1999 (Chyna Doll) and Eve’s followed (Let There Be Eve…) in Sept. 1999

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  41. ReallyRaw

    @Humble dude calm down. This beef would’ve never existed if your allmighty Lil Kim didnt take shouts @Nicki.

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  42. br732

    @ Answer That. Sweety CHECK YOUR FACTS..Foxy Brown was the FIRST female rapper to have a #1 album on Billboard 200 Charts. KNOW YOUR HISTORY before you get on here being Nicki’s body guard. I am so tired of these lame drag queens. Ugghhh. Nicki is a fad, yippie she got one album, and suddenly she’s the Queen? LMAO. Get it together. Guarantee, Kim is taking that Clone out this year. Thats what you Nicki Stans are afraid of.

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  43. SmoothCriminal

    Court why is he dreaming it,s not impossible for her album to go double plate,seem like you don’t know how loyal nicki fans are and how loyal she is to them,and she go,s hard,no one knows what the future holds yall always counting her out and she always pass expectation,gratz to her she deserved her success,and to all the people who are talking about kim over here please stop it,even though she is going ofter nicki,don’t put her down to put up nicki,just give nicki her props and leave kim name out of it,push the drama aside,gratz to nicki again,i am waiting for the save me,fly,did it on em,videos,there is 2 more i think i forget the name of them.

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  44. @MikeyLovesNicki

    hmm I wonder what lil kim have to say about this. NICKI MINAJ IS NUMBER 1 #TEAMMINAJ

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  45. Daquan..

    Lil Kim NEVER Had A Number 1 Album Before But This Is Actually Better Than Charting 1 On Release Because If U Can Chart After Weeks Of Release And Go Number 1 Then Thats What U Can Fan Support So Im proud Of U Nicki Love U

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  46. BabyLiia

    hey nicki !!!

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  47. lickie laraj

    lmao!!!!!!! kim aint taking nothing out but the rest of her face….. hate all yall want but nicki stay in the top headlines just about everyday…. bitches like lil kim should be happy nicki brought female rap back cause wasnt nobody really paying attention to female rappers until nicki there wasnt even no female hip hop category until nicki….. yall should be thanking nicki

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  48. why

    yawn, she must have at least 3 platinum albums too take out miss kimmie, sorry kiddies. I dont care how much she sales the album is garbage! and everyone I know regrets buying it album #2 wont be as good. I veiw nicki as the female solija boy, he was once hot now cant sell a record for anything, yall will see when speaking of female rap legends KIM name will always, that is ALWAYS BE MENTIONED! She along with others broke the barrier for the clones success and the same ones prasing her she doesnt want yall to listen to the album, I wish yall will just listen to her and stop making her seem to be a queen when only ONE album, stop it!! I give Trina more credit then this chick

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  49. Curtis

    Yeah Nicki #1 which is hard to do with majority white artist (NOT RACIST) Like Taylor. She sold a Million, which only Her Drake and Eminem are doing forreal. Congrats. Queen of HipHop 1,030,000 sold

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  50. 1rst 1

    Ok to those saying Eve and foxy did this in 1999. That shows me two things. Female rap has been dead for damn near a whole decade. Nicki Minaj really did bring it back huh can’t deny that. Cuz we are in a entirely new decade, 2011. Congrads to Nicki Minaj. Keep it going.

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  51. Dallas Champ

    Blame Nicki Minaj for saving female rap.

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  52. GRRRR

    Lil Kim probably chucked a huge fit when she heard that Nicki Minaj sold 1 mil. It’s her fault sitting on her ass when she could have saved female rap years ago. Her problem; not Nicki’s.

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  53. Answer that

    @ Carlitos @Br732 That wasnt Foxy Browns first album Chyna Doll was Foxy’s second album. Ill Na Na was Foxys first album which debuted at #7 on Billboard back in Nov of 1996. im talking about the first female to debut at #1. EVE was the FIRST female rapper ever to have her first album debut at #1 on Billboard so get your facts straight before u talk. Thank you.

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  54. Do your research

    @Answer That Your right. Eve was the first female mc ever to have her first album debut at #1 on the billboard charts. Foxys second album Chyna Doll was #1 but it wasnt her first.

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  55. bknyhustle

    Fuck it me and Nicki Nicki gettin’ married today
    And now you bitches that be hatin can catch a bouquet, ooooh
    Yeah, you a star in my eyes, you and all them white girls party of five
    Are we drinking a lil more I can hardly decide
    I can’t believe we really made it I’m partly surprised, I swear
    Damn, this one for the books, man!
    I swear this shit is as fun as it looks, man!
    I’m really tryna make it more than what it is, cause everybody dies but not everybody lives, Ahhh

    #gotdamnNickiGemsslays

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  56. CARLITOS

    @ Answer That

    I know that Chyna Doll was Foxy’s 2nd album…I never said it was her debut. I said the 1st female rapper to have a #1 album was Foxy Brown (Chyna Doll, Jan 1999) and Eve came behind her with her #1 album (Let There Be Eve…, Sept 1999). It doesn’t make since for Eve to have the First #1 album among female rappers when Foxy accomplished that 9 MONTHS prior to Eve’s debut release!!! Re read what I wrote.

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  57. sam

    congrats nicki

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  58. MMMINNAJJ22

    MY LOVE AND HAPPINESS FOR THIS WOMAN HAS JUST GROWN 100000X OVER!!!!! SHE DESERVES ALL OF THIS!

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  59. Daquan..

    Only Female Rappers To Go Number 1 In Their Career On The Hot 100 Is Eve,Foxy Brown & Nicki Minaj ….. & If You Wanna Add Lauryn Hill Then Thats Fine I Myself Love Her But I Dont Really Label Her As A Rapper But Thats Just Me I Respect All These Women

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  60. Heminem

    Shes now outsold Kanye!

    Nicki is amazing!

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  61. From Tokyo

    Good for Nicki, but someone brought up an excellent point elsewhere – since when do albums only need to sell under 50,000 become #1? This is not the first case and it won’t be the last, but still. The music industry is slowly dying with regards to album sales – they’d better focus more on other things or come out with a new format – something, cause these numbers are significantly low. Mission accomplished in Nicki’s case, though No. 1 doesn’t mean what it used to. No shade on her but still – these numbers are not good.

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  62. G

    Nicki Will Go Down in History as one the best female rappers, It’s too late now, she already has the throne in her muthafuckin hands…. what’s funny is people thinking they can still stop her
    #bitchsityoassdown

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  63. G

    Nicki will go in history as one of the hottest && best female rappers. It’s too late she’s already conquered and still doin it big. She has the throne in her hands right now.
    blame nicki for being a BADDD chick.

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  64. BLAH

    Dropping a mixtape is NOT legendary. lol .. But congrats to the QUEEN. >=]

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  65. SmoothCriminal

    From Tokyo you should understand that this is not the 90,s to 2000 were people can go plat easily they only have to suffer some miner bootleggers that can,t hurt them,they still put up great numbers,remember everyone have a computer now,and so many ways and means,to down load songs and full album,right now you can get any album on line for free,even albums that isn’t release yet,i see people putting up links for nicki and kanye west albums way before they were officially release,that shit really hurts the artist,it,s not like we don’t have talent in the 10-11 like the 90,s….some people just won’t buy a hard copy album if they can,get it digitally on the internet for free…my be in Tokyo….every artist fans there is super loyal and buy there work all the time and don.t down load it for free…but it,s not like that over here in the US not everyone buys CD no matter how good it is,they will rock it but some people just won,t buy they rather download it for free,but unlike me who wants to see one of my artist Nicki minaj do good,i went out to best buy and cap the deluxe version…the way i see it if you like an artist and there work go out and support,buy it off ITune, are cap the hard copy the real one no boot leg thats how i see it, and gratz to nicki again for making a milli in this hard times,just to show that there are alot more people out there who don’t download there artist music for free.

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  66. chika

    Get your facts right ,Lil cunt i mean kim only had 1 double selling platinum album back in the 90s with the help of Biggie after a long period of 2yrs then after the death of Biggie she joined junior mafia and as a group they released a single that went platinum. And her number one single on the chart was through a feature while Nicki sololy had number 1 with YOUR LOVE and now moment for life is number 1 on the rap chart so Nicki is the first female to simultaneously have number 1 album in the country and no 1 single from the same album.

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  67. I can see it.

    I look at all these Krim fans commenting on here, and tbh, I just laugh. + What made me REALLY laugh was this chick talkin bout how artists being disrepectful to the people that birthed the music they are doing….? Um dear, Kim didn’t start/’birth’ female rap. Smfh. Upon others I had a little giggle too aswell. & Also to these ‘adults’ calling us ‘kids’. Yepp, we are kids. But just a question…would you rather us ‘kids’ listening to Kim’s music. AKA: how to suck a dick and ‘take it in the butt’? You should be happy us kids aren’t going around chanting dirty lyrics like that. So yeah, maybe we don’t know what “REAL” rap is. And if that is what Kim’s music was. We honestly don’t want anything to do with it, and you shouldn’t either. Congrats Nicki :) , you deserve every ounce of success you get. x

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  68. 20

    congrats to nicki :)

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  69. SWAGGEDUPSTUD

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS CONGRADULATIONS NICKI ILY NICKI MINAJ!!! TEAM MINAJ 4 LIFE!!!

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  71. rinaboo

    @br732: if you hate nicki minja so much then why are you reading bout her success?? Cuz you a mad lil kim stan thats why!! And once again nicki minja and lil kim, was friends until lil kim saw nicki getting all types of shine. I used to love lil kim but she forgot the promise she made to all female rap lovers at the Ozone layer awards. She promised she would no longer have beef with other female rappers

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  72. rinaboo

    And of course to my boo. I LOVE NICKI CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

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  73. A Realist

    Congrats to Nicki and TeamMinaj. We worked hard for this. We talked so much shit, too. Lmao. I’m glad we have another thing to brag about. :P

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  74. britt

    #TeamLilKim

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