Complex Magazine released “The 25 Best Rap Verses of the Last 5 Years,” naming Nicki Minaj’s verse in Monster #1.
“It was clear, she did her thing alongside the best in the game—she stole the show, in fact, outshined them all.”
Her lines in that song are so incredibly written/performed. Ye comes in with lines like “I’m living the future so the presence is my past/my presence is a present kiss my ass,” and Jay is super breathy and kind of slowed down and a little creepy with stuf like “I smell a massacre/seems to be the only way to back you bastards up.” But then Nicki comes in and is insane.
“and I’m all up all up all up in the bank with the funny face
and if I’m fake I ain’t notice cause my money ain’t
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”
and on and on and on. I love this track. Listen below.