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Fixing the Femcee Formula: Finding Success As A Rapstress

“Sell outs”.

Ask hip hop’s reigning highnesses – Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj – and they can attest to being titled such at some point in their illustrious careers (the latter more than her rap predecessors).

Indeed, in the heavily male-dominated genre of rap, trying to “hang with the boys” has either constituted hypermasculinization or explicitly detailing bedroom antics.  Either way, rap’s estrogenic entities have had to take the extreme route often to little notoriety…

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Nicki Minaj: ‘I Always Get In Trouble For Defending Myself’

For any who didn’t take her brand as seriously as they should have, Nicki Minaj‘s rise to the Pop heavens has been…a pill many a detractor has found to swallow.

Now, for the first time since her 2010 interview with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, the Grammy nominated Rapper has spoken openly on attacks aimed at her by many a public figure, and why- despite their criticisms of her- she still ‘loves them’.

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Nicki Minaj Talks ‘Re-Up’ Follow Up With Fuse, Eyes 2013 For Release

As reported here, ‘Va Va Voom’ vixen Nicki Minaj is definitely zooming to the studio to continue work on the follow-up to her second album ‘Pink Friday:  Roman Reloaded’.

Chatting with Fuse, the rapstress unwrapped news on the direction of her new album, saying it would pick up where the recently released ‘Re-Up’ left off.  See what else she shared below:

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‘The Re-Up': Billboard Praises Nicki Minaj Re-Release Sales / Target To Stock Up?

Upon the release of her new EP ‘The Re-Up‘, ‘American Idol‘s Nicki Minaj surprised fans when she revealed that a number of major retailers would not stock the project.

Explaining that previous re-releases had left these retailers ‘wary’ of supporting her own, it became apparent that if the project was to ‘fly’, it would have do so- at least for the most part- on a digital tip.

And fly it did when it forced its supporting LP ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ 80 spots up the Billboard 200, helping it to enjoy a sales increase of 591% percent, with sales of 36,000 units.

Now, amid criticism that the project under performed, Billboard have explained why the project has indeed been a success. So successful, that retailers who wouldn’t stock it last week are now considering placing orders for it in the coming weeks.

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Hot Shots: Nicki Minaj Takes ‘Pink Friday’ Fragrance ‘Down Under’

Brand Minaj strikes again!

As demand for her MAC Viva Glam Lipstick rises across the globe, Nicki Minaj took her ‘Pink Friday‘ fragrance to Australia yesterday, launching the product for fans in Sydney.

Sporting a cupcake inspired dress, the ‘American Idol’  judge spent the day signing bottles for her Barbz who recently scored the Rapper a Gold certification for her single ‘Va Va Voom‘, for sales of over 35,000 units.

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Steven Tyler Apologizes For Nicki Minaj Remarks

Aerosmith megastar Steven Tyler made headlines days ago when he slammed ‘American Idol’ judge Nicki Minaj on what he suggested were her ‘lack luster’ judging skills.

Confusing much of the Rapper’s fan base, considering the fact Tyler is not believed to have seen Minaj’s judging skills, his remarks sparked a fiery response from the performer on the social networking site Twitter.

Now, after being branded a racist by the star, today has seen him apologize to her.

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‘The Re-Up': Nicki Minaj Receives Highest Ever Metacritic Score

The proof, as they say, is always in the pudding..and if the last few days in Nicki Minaj‘s world are anything to go by, we’d say life is pretty sweet for the Rap star.

Unveiling a new eight track EP named ‘The Re-Up’ last Monday, this week saw her reap many a reward from the project after its sales forced its supporting LP, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ 79 spots up the Billboard 200 in the space of 7 days, placing it at #28.

So, just in case that wasn’t enough to put a smile on her face, she’s now scored a new personal best on a critical tip.

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