The Evolution Of Nicki Minaj

Minaj makes an impact with several mixtapes.

Over the next few years, Nicki released several mixtapes that ultimately saw her popularity rise at a rapid rate. She was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards and was starting to get noticed by much bigger record labels and personnel.

She breaks the charts in 2009.

In 2009 she released her third mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty and her infectiously catchy track "I Get Crazy" actually reached #20 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs list.

Minaj gets the call from Lil Wayne. 

The success of Beam Me Up Scotty got the attention of some big names in the industry, including Lil Wayne. He reached out to Minaj, eager to sign her to his label Young Money Entertainment. Almost overnight, Minaj was being featured with famous artists like Gucci Mane and Mariah Carey.

Minaj releases her debut album.

Pink Friday was released in 2010 and saw several of Minaj's tracks reaching the Billboard's Hot 100. In fact, she became the first female artist to ever have a total of seven singles on the list at one time!

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