Nicki Minaj Performs ‘Right By My Side’ and ‘Starships’ on ‘Ellen’

Nicki Minaj

In addition to reuniting with Sophia Grace and Rosie, Nicki Minaj hit the stage on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with a medley of her Roman Reloaded singles. Sitting in her throne, the hip-hop queen performed “Right By My Side” for the first time on television, accompanied by her male dancers, before delving into her hit “Starships.” The video for “Right By My Side” is expected to premiere in the next week.

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109 Comments

  1. Losephhh

    She’s oh so cute. She actually sounds really good singing live. Much improvement. Love her. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is a masterpiece.

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    Aimanos Reply:

    @Losephhh, I think she should stick with pop. The raps songs in RR were whack as fuck like “beez in the trap” and “stupid hoe”. Her pop songs were amazing though… Loved them. Like “PTA” and “Whip it” and “Right by your side” and my favourite was “beautiful sinner” :)

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    Trippin Reply:

    @Losephhh, lmao…I could have swore that was Kevin Hart in that thumbnail on top dancing behind Nicki..

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @Trippin,ya lol.

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    meme Reply:

    @Trippin, i said the exact same thing

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Trippin, haha that’s exactly what I was thinkin when I first saw the pic!

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    Xhir Reply:

    @Trippin, lmfaoooo me tooo !!!

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  2. Lisa

    She did great

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  3. Lisa

    Where’s the interview?

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  4. Patrycja

    hahahahahah. Not good.

    She cant sing live.
    anyway i love her.

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  5. Isac

    Awesome ass woman ,so versatile

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  6. BigThings4Life

    ♠(づ’0′)づSucks Ass Crack!! That is All Moving On…..╮(╯▽╰)╭★

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  7. Shaytan

    The way people throw titles around is stupid! Hip Hop Queen? Nicki has 1 platinum album and a second that sold less than 14,000 last week. Doesn’t sound like a Queen to me. Missy Kim Eve all have +3 Platinum albums. Nicki get in line

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    Mr. Sunshine Reply:

    @Shaytan, Queens don’t put their crown down! They work, and represent. Missy Kim and Eve have all had longer to sell that amount. Props to them though, they are great artists. Nicki is Queen right now because what other female rapper is in such demand, when they do drop material. It will not be received by such a diverse range of people. People may call it selling out, but by appealing to an eclectic mix of people, that’s how you are measured in success. Nicki has been able to achieve everything she has right now by working hard to get there. Just like those who have before her. But you have to give Nicki her props because even if YOU don’t like her. Many, MANY people do and if you got it then bottle that shit up and sell it!

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    msteefromdc Reply:

    @Mr. Sunshine, I GOT A QUESTION Y DOES NICKI FEEL SHE CAN B THE ONLY FEMALE RAPPER OUT RIGHT NOW AND NO ONE ELSE SHOULD B OUT. SHE HAS NEVER DONE ANY MUSIC WITH ANOTHER FEMALE RAPPER PERIOD! WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS…I MEAN KIM, MISSY, EVE, TRINA, AND EVEN FOXY HAVE ALL SHARED THE LOVE WITH OTHER FEMALE RAPPERS..BUT NICKI DOES NOT DO THAT…I DONT GET IT.
    BUT IF NICKI AND KIM DID A SONG TOGETHER…IT WOULD B FIRE….MAYBE THAT’S WHAT HIP HOP NEEDS…SOME OF THESE FEMALES TO MAKE A MENDS AND STOP BEEFING. I MEAN DAG TAKE A LOOK AT J AND NAS..THEY SQUASHED THEIR BEEF, WHY CAN’T WOMEN DO THE SAME..CUZ IT’S ALL CHILDISH..IJS

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    cibadumad Reply:

    @msteefromdc, ummm nicki and kim did do a song a while ago which started the beef and its on lil kim mixtape. and nicki was on trina last album. and on nicki mixtape when she did the remix to freaky girl she put a verse by kim on there. i mean who is there out to work with (i mean female rappers)

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    barbsworld Reply:

    @Mr. Sunshine, im not a missy kim or eve fan but i got to say they didnt put them crown down a;ot of stars do that be gone for 2 years or more and come back

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    johnnyboy Reply:

    @Shaytan, she sold 21k+ last week though lmao

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    Henry Reply:

    @Shaytan, 1st she has only been mainstreem since 2010 and Pink Friday is triple platinum and her new cd sold 20,000 this past week which where generally cds start to stabalize. Check ur facts. Oh and bothe her CDs debuted at number 1.Oh and starships, moment for life, superbass, turn me on are either platinum, x2 platinum, or x3 platinum. And that’s just a few things. And we didn’t call her queen of hip hop… We just agreed with Rollingstones magazine… Which is like thee most reputable music magazine. #stop #sitdown #femceesrule

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    .... Reply:

    @Henry, after 5 weeks in stores, 6 singles, performing at the super bowl/all star game/grammys, & covering almost every major music magazine she’s still BARELY selling 20K a week and not even gold yet. She fell from 9 to 17 on Billboard and out of the TOP 40 on itunes. Sorry, but for a so-called “queen” that’s flopping. You can talk about what she did LAST year all you want, but this year she had more promotion than any other music artist and she’s still struggling to sell. It’s simple. People are buying it, because the music isn’t good.

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    Jbone Reply:

    @…., And how many records did u sell last week or ever exactly nicki has only been main stream since 2010 and has shattered damn near all the records set but other female rappers

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    .... Reply:

    @Henry, And Rolling Stone’s been d-riding Nicki from the beginning. That’s why they’re basically the ONLY music magazine that gave PF:RL a great review while pretty much EVERY OTHER major media outlet trashed it. So they’re opinion of Nicki is clearly biased. And how can a ROCK magazine crown anybody the “queen of HIP HOP”? That’s like The Source or XXL calling One Direction the “Kings of Rock”. GTFOH!

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    nojusthenry Reply:

    @…., Rollingstone magaizine isnt a rock magazine fool.. the Rollingstones was a rock band… i love how you measure failure… you’re one of those nicki fans…

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    Watered Reply:

    @nojusthenry, Rolling stone isn’t a rock magazine? You’ve clearly don’t read rolling stone or know the history of the mag. Their MAIN focus is rock music. They’re named after a rock band! It’s defiantly NOT a hip hop centered magazine so what authority do they have to crown someone “queen of hip hop”. And I never said anything about “failure”. That’s your word. I said flop. Going from selling gold in three weeks on your first album to struggling to go gold in your sixth week on your second album is a FLOP. Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t.

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    Ray ray Reply:

    @Shaytan, Nicki Minaj has broken More records in 3 years than any other female rappers 10/15 year long career. Don’t start with tht bullshit

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    LookAtMeNow Reply:

    @Ray ray, That’s because she went pop! Now she’s just a wack singer….

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    DRAGHOES Reply:

    @LookAtMeNow, OMG, the excuses, just give NICKI her props! Damn!

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  9. Dizzle

    She did good!! cant wait to see her performs this with Chris tho!!

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  10. MH

    She sounds better than some girls who are actually singers.

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  11. Joyams

    its pretty good

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  12. NickiMinajSucks

    She’s a disgrace. She needs to quit. Ugly too.

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    :O youMADstayMAD Reply:

    @NickiMinajSucks, oh! BYEEEEEEE!

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    Ray ray Reply:

    @NickiMinajSucks, Jealous cause she has a career entertaining HER FANS, while you sit your bum ass hating on Nicki? ;-)

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  13. yooo

    her and drake need to stop singing. they are both out of pitch.

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  14. Os

    i love it,keep doing you nicki.

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  15. WhoaLando

    Barb actually killed it..

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  16. Tango P.i

    She did a spot on job and she still gets hate ???? Damn; its hard out there for a barb. ya’ll had ya lil pig toes crossed wishing she failed. Why bid so much hate towards one person and all she gives is the power of MUSIC. period. she gives us something positive… period.

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    Doone Reply:

    @Tango P.i, Who gives you something positive? Nicki? Her music isn’t positive at ALL. No one in YM gives positive music. Common and Lauryn Hill are who you call POSITIVE. She’s a negative rapper so you brought in the negative community. There’s nothing you can do about that.

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    :O youMADstayMAD Reply:

    @Doone, shut up. she does have inspirational songs. obviously you’re one of the people who just say negative sh*t about her because everyone else does.

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    Doone Reply:

    @:O youMADstayMAD, Oh she do? Is it Roman’s Revenge? I’m The Best? Super Bass? Did It On Em? Dear Old Nicki? Save Me? Girls Fall Like Dominoes? Roman Holiday? Right By My Side? Whip It? Beez In The Trap? Champion? Come On A Cone? I Am Your Leader? Beautiful Sinner? Pound The Alarm? Young Forever? Marilyn Monroe? OHHHHHH, Stupid Hoe is it? 2 or 3 songs don’t make a artist inspirational nor POSITIVE. She comes off like Lil Kim. Always writing music sounding like a hoe and thinking its ok because they’re an “artist”. Yet she wants to call herself a “woman”. If she ain’t talking about pussy, its dick. If its not dick, its her sex game. If its not her sex game, its her implants. If its not her implants, she’s just being cocky. I don’t see inspirational nor positive artist in that. The only person that keeps it classy and HUMBLE is Beyonce. The ONLY. So don’t think replying to every opinionated comment is going to show her light because it isn’t.

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  17. Jane

    Her singing voice isn’t good lol She’s trying to do all of these things and ends up being mediocre at all instead of doing what she’s good at.

    On what planet would this performance be considered good? Sometimes I wonder if I’m just crazy. Any other like-minded individuals here?

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    :O youMADstayMAD Reply:

    @Jane, good the f*ck bye!

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    Nicki looks like Pink Big bird Reply:

    @Jane, No you’re right she does suck…

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    Ray ray Reply:

    @Jane, mediocre? Shes winning, and says on top of Billboard she makes MUSIC for HER fans? Why does it concern you, what she decides to do with HER music?

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    LookAtMeNow Reply:

    @Ray ray, Mediocre music makes billborad…didn’t you get the memo you don’t need good songs anymore…hell you don’t even need talent…

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  18. Billionaire

    This is difficult to watch!

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    :O youMADstayMAD Reply:

    @Billionaire, oh! bye!

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  19. Live It Up

    Umm are we all watching the same performance because this was not good her dancers were doing all the work for her. Nicki Minaj is just not a good performer #fact

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    msteefromdc Reply:

    @Live It Up, PREACH!

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    :O youMADstayMAD Reply:

    @Live It Up, oh!

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    Ray ray Reply:

    @Live It Up, so why don’t you get a career being an artist , and perform since you seem to be so perfect and know everything about performing? Whack ass bitch stay hating

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    LookAtMeNow Reply:

    @Ray ray, Nicki’s wack now…you ain’t heard? Only barbs like her now. Though she was always a terrible performer….

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  20. JEY

    Love it… Great performance! and she looks very beautiful. She’s all ! :)

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  21. ....

    14:59

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    Nicki looks like brown Big bird Reply:

    @…., lol…she had a good run for a couple of years…

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  22. OpD2

    i love it keep doing you nicki.

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  23. :O youMADstayMAD

    muthaf*ckas always quick to say she’s whack, she’s this and she’s that and forget what she has done for Female Rap. Nicki has been keep this sh*t alive by her damn self and someone needs to give her, her props because she deserves it! Nicki did an AWESOME job and i’m so proud of her

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    TheTruthWillSetYouFree Reply:

    @:O youMADstayMAD, Oh, BYEEE!

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    Nicki looks like brown Big bird Reply:

    @:O youMADstayMAD, How did she help female rap by going pop? How? Her success happened because she went pop Look at that pepsi commercial they took a hip hop song and put a POP beat on it…if she was still rapping and did all she’s done then I would respect her more…but she’s a wack bitch in the meantime…

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  24. Triniti

    She STAYS on Ellen!

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  27. Shakur

    Nicki did a great job here . I can tell she was working on her singing cause she sounded pretty good . I’am happy to see her sing Starships to cause normally when it comes to the chorus she doesn’t sing it or she dances .

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  28. OpD2

    keep locking it down nicki.

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  29. RASHAUD MALIK LYNN

    she made that for me i been in her dreams, lover her for it thanks talken right

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  30. RASHAUD MALIK LYNN

    and ask NICKI MINAJ WHEN SHE GONE COME SEE ME FIRDATE THATS A FRIDAY , TELL HER TO COME THROUGH IM STILL ALIVE AND WORKEN OUT TO, SHE GOT A PLACE ON MY SIDE IT FOR HER

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  31. Jaa

    Pathetic

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  32. kharma

    its embarrassing when you’re pitchy and you can’t control your own vibrato on your own song.. lol

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  33. TheDreamer

    She’s improved but still embarassing. The dancers outshone her…they were sexy.

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  34. alex shay

    Nicki is Queen right now because what other female rapper is in such demand

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  35. barbsworld

    listen iam a big fan of nicki but she is not a queen and nicki is more like pop her raps is not even raps forreal iam 25 ok and nicki have years to come she only been in the game for 2 years really ok yes nicki is getting money but she has to pay a lot of people and its time for us kim and nicki fans to put that beef shit away its over like i loveeeeeeee nicki dont get me wrong but kim has platinums thats just from her and nicki only have 3 platinums which is pink friday super bass and starships which puts nicki in the pop area iam so but iam black and i love when she do pop shit cause its gets her a platinum and a hit but as far as a queen no beacause we dont know if she will be big in 2014 and years later and plus nicki will be 31 who knows if she can last that long

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    Moss Reply:

    @barbsworld, You dont come off as a BIG FAN

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @Moss, Why cause she’s not sucking ass?? That’s what a STAN does. A FAN keeps it all the way real

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    barbsworld Reply:

    @Moss, because im real so i tell the truth i love nicki but we never know

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @barbsworld,so in your sight she only can be a queen if she is in the game for 15-20 years ok.

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  36. Moss

    um Moment for Life ,Your Love, Fly Etc..all platnium so stfu u ain’t a Nicki Fan or you would know that I think

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    barbsworld Reply:

    @Moss, no that was not

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    Moss Reply:

    @barbsworld, Moment for Life and Your Love I know are platinum look dat stuff up barb

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  37. Matt

    You can’t deny that when Nicki moves from singing to rapping that she is one of the best rappers in the game, period… female or not, she has some serious skill when it comes to spitting. I wish she would just release an incredibly grungy hip hop album.

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @Matt, LMFAO OMG this comment right here reminds me of how delusional some people really are! Best my ass and her second album proved you wrong already.

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    msteefromdc Reply:

    @Outspoken, AGREED!

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    moheikan Reply:

    @Matt, I feel u bruh. shes a pretty good female rapper but she choose to go away from hiphop. These chickens are just jealous but she can spit. I wish she would do a real rap album for the fellas and hip hop fans and stop trying to make music for these kids and poptarts.

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    Moss Reply:

    @Matt, Cosign she can rap with the best of them a lot of these people only know her from her albums but she got 3 mixtapes

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  38. Twitter: @LilKimRatchetAF

    I love Nicki with all my heart, but she’s not a performer. I still loved the performance, but she’s mediocre at singing. Obviously, her talent is rapping, so why doesn’t she just stick to that? She’s an amazing person and all, but she shouldn’t perform as often as she always does. And he always seems to perform the ones where she sings. I love her autontuned voice in Starships and Whip It, but they kind of suck live. She should start doing the songs she only raps in, because THAT’s her talent, not singing.

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  39. @chrischris1992

    Nicki Minaj and Drake are to young and new to be king or queen of anything. Nicki however has sold more than any other female rap artist in such a short period of time. That is why she receives so much claim and praise. A lot of people do not get that. And no Nicki Minaj isn’t always pitch perfect. I do think she needs some vocal work, but she isn’t horrible. Nicki Minaj in my opinion is a good artist. Nicki Minaj has sold ten million albums and single, not including features, from Pink Friday and the singles from the album alone. Roman Reloaded has already sold half a million copies in a month. Nicki Minaj is doing well. What other female rapper is on a Pepsi commercial? Cleared.

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    OH! Reply:

    @@chrischris1992, 10 million albums? Where you be at? She only sold 2 maybe 3 milli including her 2nd. PF only sold 1 milli in the US, hasn’t went 2 milli yet. PF is platinum in the UK tho, but that doesn’t mark 10 milli. PF:RR isn’t half platinum in the US, it is WW. Not something to be happy about. As far as singles, the songs she featured on had more success than hers solo.

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @OH!,her solos songs are hits,they doing well, what are you talking about.

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    OH! Reply:

    @OpD2, Not all.

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    Bingoor Reply:

    @OpD2, Starships (Been in Top 10 since its release back in febraury)… Superbass (Stayed in Top 10 for weeks & peaked at #3)… Moment 4 Life (#1 Rap song)… Your Love (#1 Rap Song)… Superbass sold 9.5 milli world wide… Your love/Moment 4 Life/Fly are all platinum in US. & starships has sold 6 milli worldwide….. YOUR RIGHT HER SOLO SONGS DONT DO THAT WELL. :/

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    OH! Reply:

    @Bingoor, First, you replied to the wrong person. Two, I pacifically said the songs she featured on had more success than her solo. Three, Taylor Swift started that Super Bass stuff and keep in mind, Taylor is like a Justin Bieber, SUCCESSFUL as hell. Four, that WW shit isn’t US. WW sales is easy to hit. She still has singles that I don’t see you mentioning either. Why? Need me not repeat my statement.

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    DRAGHOES Reply:

    @OH!, Starships is double platinum dumb broad

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    OH! Reply:

    @DRAGHOES, And? Yall act like 1 platinum album and a few singles make her God. GTFOH with that.

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    Bingoor Reply:

    @OH!, It definently dont make her god. but that means she & her singles ARE indeed successful… besides, what other female MC getting those numbers right now.?

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    OH! Reply:

    @Bingoor, The point of my statement was she hasn’t sold 10 million albums and singles. All of her singles haven’t been success but she has a few and I’m not shutting those out. Again, my first statement already cleared that.

    DRAGHOES Reply:

    @OH!, *yawn* pretty much all her singles have went platinum in the US , she passed Missy Elliot’s record for singles with Moment4Life & SuperBass… she is the highest charted female rapper, anymore questions?

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  40. Ma'lo rumioty Twietr

    it’s alright

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  41. Mentamir

    “Other than that, I am getting my Marc Jacobs on.” – I never understood that line, can somebody explain it to me?

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    Moss Reply:

    @Mentamir, A fashion brand

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  42. REAd

    OK LETS GET THIS STR8 NICKI MINAJ ALBUM PINK FRIDAY ONLY SOLD FOR 1.7 MILLION HER TO TOP SELLING SONGS IS SUPER BASS AND STARSHIPS WHICH SOLD FOR 2,000,000 BEING NICKI BIGGEST HITS EVER YES NICKI MAY HAVE A LOT OF FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER AND LIKES ON FACEBOOK BUT SHE REALLY ONLY HAS ABOUT 1 MILLION AND SOMETHING FANS NICKI DONT WRITE HER SONGS AND HER BOYFRIEND SB HELPS WRITE HER SONGS AS WELL AS DRAKE AND SOME OTHER SONG WRITERS NICKI MINAJ WAS THINKING ROMAN RELOADED WAS GONE BE A BIG HIT SELLING ONE MILLION IN ONE MONTH BUT IT REALLY TURNED OUT TO BE A FAIL SO FAR THE FIRST WEEK WAS GOOD CAUSE IT GOT #1 IN 4 STATES BUT THE SELLS IS SO FAR NOT AS GOOD A PEOPLE WAS THINKING THEY WAS GONE BE SO NICKI WILL PUT ALL HER POP SONGS OUT CAUSE THAT WOULD GET HER #1 AND YES ALL OF THESE IS FACTS OK AND THIS IS NOT A DISS TO HER

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @REAd,please ho sit on a cone,your comment is lace with hate and lies gp kill your f-cking self,the sh!t you haters say and do never seize to amaze me.

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    REAd Reply:

    @OpD2, lol bitch im not no hater you mad

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    DRAGHOES Reply:

    @REAd, you sound dumb as fuck..

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    SYDNEY Reply:

    @DRAGHOES, no you made

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  43. Jbone

    A lot of you are very ratchet before you go judging people walk a mile in there shoes then comment she making money at the end of the day that’s all that matters you get in the game to make bread you gone have haters I’m pretty sure she would hate on a lot of you who stand on the corner to get y’all dough. #embrace encourage and let live life is too short to waste it hating on somebody you so despritly want to be.

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    LookAtMeNow Reply:

    @Jbone, So because she making money we have to like her suck ass music? That makes no sense. I don’t like Nicki Minaj’s music and she sucks as a performer, she looks like a tranny in the face, her body is gross and deformed looking, she can’t sing, can barely rap anymore, her music sucks why would I want to be her? because of her money in that case I want to be Oprah, Bill Gates, and every rich person I see. #SitTheFuckDown

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    Moss Reply:

    @LookAtMeNow, But sir or ma’am you don’t like Nicki but you take time out of your day to post hate so she has to be doing something right.

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  44. Renzo

    LOVD IT

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  45. ProudOfYou

    When you see me on Ellen, just admit that I’m winning.

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