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Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

It has been almost three years since Nicki Minaj released her breakout mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, and quite a bit has changed for the rapstress over that span. As quickly as she morphed from an unheralded role player on Young Money’s extensive roster to a star-in-the-making, with attention-grabbing guest spots on songs like “Monster,” “My Chick Bad” and “Bedrock,” she has launched into a stratosphere all her own with an equal number of crossover smashes. But the swelling popularity has come at a price—for her rap pursuits, at least. Nicki’s climb to having the eleventh most followers on ...

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