Here's the funny thing about one of The Amplifier's Best New Artists of 2010: Her album didn't make our list of the Top 10 Albums of 2010. Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" isn't a bust, but the Queens MC seems most inspired when she's stealing the spotlight on other people's songs. Here's a look at 10 better tracks she graced in the past 12 months:
Kanye West featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver - "Monster" (Minaj at 3:36)
"You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer"
Usher featuring Nicki Minaj - "Lil Freak" (Minaj at 3:30)
"Usher, buzz me in/Everybody loves Raymond"
Mariah Carey featuring Nicki Minaj - "Up Out My Face" (Minaj at :24 and 2:35)
"I get the thumbs up, like I'm hailin' a yellow cab/My flow nuts like M&Ms in the yellow bag"
Robin Thicke featuring Nicki Minaj - "Shakin' It for Daddy" (Minaj at :25 and 2:12)
"You were sleepin' on me thinking it was slumber time/Now I'm a trending topic, little mama number sign"
Lloyd featuring J. Holiday and Nicki Minaj - "Take It Off" (Minaj at 2:25)
"I'm an Indian giver, I want the quarter back/If hip-hop was dead, then I just brought it back"
Christina Aguilera featuring Nicki Minaj - "Woohoo" (Minaj at 2:55)
"Jimmy Iovine, Tom Whalley and Lyor/Keep me and Chrissy in Christian Dior"
Keyshia Cole featuring Nicki Minaj - "I Ain't Thru" (Minaj at 1:20)
"You ain't even got a credit card for incidental/Basic insurance and it don't include dental"
Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj - "Bottoms Up" (Minaj at 2:40)
"I'm with a bad bitch he's with his friends/I don't say 'Hi,' I say 'Keys to the Benz' "
M.I.A. featuring Nicki Minaj - "Teqkilla" Remix (Minaj at 2:08)
"That's why I never ever take them to my mattress/I tell them meet me in the sky and that's my address"
Sean Kingston featuring Nicki Minaj - "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" (Minaj at 2:30)
"I park on the curb, I'm the owner of the building"
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- Nicki Minaj