Nicki Minaj vs. “Rap Bitches”: 15 Songs Looking For a Fight

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When Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint collaboration with Beyoncé, “Feelin’ Myself,” leaked late early this morning, it joined the ranks of Nicki’s most anti-“rap bitches” appearances to date. Of course, Minaj has shouted out “rap bitches” many times, starting in her mixtape days; the novice Nicki fan may think she’s referring to other female rappers (like her former collaborator/current nemesis Lil’ Kim), but “rap bitches” is an equal-opportunity diss. In fact, “rap bitches” most often seems to refer to Minaj’s male counterparts, against whom she’s constantly forced to prove herself.

“I have to make 500 million dollars first,” she told Dazed in her cover story earlier this year. “’That figure has been in my brain for a long time. I want to be the female who earned the same amount of money that the Jay Zs and the Puffys were able to earn. I feel like when I reach my 500-million-dollar goal’ — she pauses to cackle at the Monopoly-money sum, teeth bared — ‘then no other woman in rap will ever feel like they can’t do what these men have done.'”

“I just want women to always feel in control,” she said, later in the same profile. “Because, we’re capable — we’re so capable. It’s one of the reasons that I have these women that I look up to — because they did not allow being a woman to make them feel like they should settle for less, financially. No, money doesn’t mean everything. But it says a lot.”

Here are 15 songs — Nicki guest verses and solo songs alike — that capture the best of her anti-“rap bitches” stance and, at times, double as female empowerment anthems.

“Come On A Cone” — Nicki Minaj (2012)

Key Bars/Verses: 7-Up went and gave, my commercial to Cee-Lo But don’t tell them I said it, let’s keep it on the d-low If you need you a look, just put me on your song But you know it’ll cost, about six figures long But you bitches ain’t got it, where the fuck is your budgets?

“Long Time Comin” — Nicki Minaj ft. Ransom (2008)

Key Bars/Verses: I spent a long time coming but I came Now everybody in the rap game know my name But honey ain’t a damn thing funny when you faint Our ways should change

“Can Anybody Hear Me?” — Nicki Minaj (2009)

Key Bars/Verses: I came to save a thing called female rap But I hope my ninja powers Don’t fuck around and offend you cowards You mad at me ‘cus you think I got it easy If we was in the second grade then you would tease me Ya see, you still a lil snotty nose hood rat I love Nicki scribbled all over you book bag I love you too, I just wish your mother would’ve hugged you too You know Nicki love the kids Yellow brick road lookin’ for the Wiz But when it rains, it pours for real Def Jam said I’m no Lauryn Hill Can’t rap and sing on the same CD The public won’t get it, they got A.D.D. See Nicki, follow the rules

“Y.U. Mad” — Birdman ft. Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne (2011)

Key Bars/Verses: I am the female Weezy, this shit is easy Pull up in that new new, bitch get a squeegee Yeah my flow sick, yeah my flow queasy Haha, they were sleeping on me, z-zz-zz This pussy clean, this pussy squeaky That pussy old, that pussy creaky When I’m out the country, niggas call me Neeki Hi, how are you? Yes, it’s nice to meet me Damn, Billboard, I mean I’m winning but I’m still bored Yeah we shine, gold cluster As for your career, dead… Ghost Busters

“Set It Off” — Nicki Minaj (2008)

Key Bars/Verses: Time machine bitches, always talkin’ about, the old days When they was hot, when they was tourin’, with the OJ’s I tell a bitch this, I’m not impressed bitch I’m Nicki M Trick, I’m always on the guest list

[spoken word] Real talk like cause ya know this is 08 now like so Anything you talk about like it gotta be it gotta be at least within a two-year radius type shit I don’t care what happened 50 years ago

“Beez in the Trap” — Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz (2012)

Key Bars/Verses: Bitches ain’t shit, and they ain’t sayin’ nuthin’ A hundred muthafuckas can’t tell me nuthin’ I beez in the trap, bee, beez in the trap I beez in the trap, bee, beez in the trap

Damn, damn what they say about me? I don’t know man, fuck is on your biscuit? If I get hits, swinging on a big bitch I don’t know man, I’m shittin’ on your whole life

“Monster” — Kanye West ft. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver (2010)

Key Bars/Verses: Let me get this straight wait I’m the rookie But my features and my shows ten times your pay? 50k for a verse, no album out! Yeah my money’s so tall that my Barbie’s gotta climb it

“Did It On ‘Em” — Nicki Minaj (2011)

Key Bars/Verses: All these bitches is my sons And I’m a go and get some bibs for ’em A couple formulas, little pretty lids on ’em If I had a dick I would pull it out and piss on ’em Let me shake it off I just signed a couple deals I might break you off And we ain’t making up, I don’t need a mediator Just let those bums blow steam, radiator

“I’m Out” — Ciara ft. Nicki Minaj (2013)

Key Bars/Verses:You couldn’t get a fan if it was hanging from the ceiling”

“I’m The Best” — Nicki Minaj (2010)

Key Bars/Verses: I hear they coming for me Because the top is lonely What the fuck they gon say? I’m the best bitch doing it

Didn’t know what I was doing but I put on a cape Now it’s which world tour should I go on today? See, you told me I would lose but I won I might cop a million Jimmy Choos just for fun Cause bitches couldn’t take what’s in me

“Lookin’ Ass” — Nicki Minaj (2014)

Key Bars/Verses: Look at y’all sharin’ one bottle in the club One bottle full of bub’ ass niggas Look at y’all not havin’ game ass niggas Y’all niggas share a chain ass niggas Same cup in the hand ass nigga In the club with a credit card scam ass nigga No dick in the pants ass nigga

“I Am Your Leader” — Nicki Minaj ft. Rick Ross, Cam’ron (2012)

Key Bars/Verses: Now I’m in the hood, niggas is getting woodies Hit the Hot Topic, Nicki Minaj hoodies I’m a brand, bitch, I’m a brand Go to Harlem, and get Cam It’s dipset, get your dick wet Boarded the big jet, and got a big check Now you tell me, who the fuck is winning I’m on my Russell Simmons, Nicki denim Nicki linen

I am your leader, yes I am your leader You’re not a believer, suck a big dick

“Grindin” — Nicki Minaj (2008)

Key Bars/Verses: I mean… If I’m not the baddest bitch who the fuck is? I mean when I do it’s done. Get who you want Like, I’mma body every last bitch in the game I’mma sit on my throne and you know these bitches you know be picking my fruit out I want some fresh strawberries and shit tell them bitches to be ready to pick my fruit out I’m a be sitting on the throne like Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy, it’s nothing

“Itty Bitty Piggy” — Nicki Minaj (2011)

Key Bars/Verses: Get some ranch I’m gettin’ the munchies I think Ill have a rap bitch for my entree ‘Cause they be thinkin’ they could spit, spit shine my shoes

“Roman Reloaded” — Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne (2012)

Key Bars/Verses: Is it me or did I just put these rap bitches on the map again You mad cause I’m at the Grammys with the Vatican You in the booth, but I’m who you be channeling Why they never bring your name up at the panel then? Hottest MC’s, top five! You need money, I got mine More knots than Eric from Basketball Wives (ya dig?)