From The Vault: Nicki Minaj – ‘Super Bass’

Published: Sunday 8th Dec 2019 by Joe

As Nicki Minaj celebrates her 37th birthday, what better time than the present to salute the hit song responsible for turbo-charging the success of the prolific Rap Queen.

Today’s From The Vault pick is the ever-booming ‘Super Bass.’

Released in 2011, the tune was penned by Minaj alongside Ester Dean – who also sings its catchy chorus.

The Hip-Pop number helped shape the career of the rapper as a crossover artist.

‘Super Bass’ was Nicki’s first of many worldwide Top 10’s – peaking at #3 in the US, #8 in the UK and #6 in both Canada and Australia.

The track’s video was directed by Sanaa Hamri. A colorful affair, it saw Onika and her girls engaging in playful choreography and eyeing up muscled eye-candy. The glow-in-the-dark scene remains one of Minaj’s most memorable visuals moments to date.

‘Bass’ bagged an MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video during that year’s ceremony and as of today has been viewed over 800 million times on YouTube.

Following co-signs from Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, this song was inescapable to the masses and really put Ms Maraj on the map. While many have criticised its pop leanings, it  undoubtedly elevated Nicki to a level not many (if any) femcees had reached before and was the beginning of a new era for the genre.


No matter how it’s diced or sliced, Nicki’s influence on the music industry this decade has been undeniable. From her sound to her aesthetic, she has served a key player in the Pop cultural landscape and single handedly brought the female rap game back to life on mainstream scale.

Hopefully her current time off helps her recenter so she can go back to doing what she does best: crafting music’s most delicious bops akin to this.

Happy Birthday, Queen!

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  1. ??‍♀️Jazzy Da Bi Asian ??‍♀️Not ? TROLLmine ??‍♀️Nor ? TRASHmine December 8, 2019

    Its nice of her tribute to Lil Kims “no matter what people say” video.

    • Clarkso00n December 8, 2019

      Buy Camila’s hot new sophomore album. In stores now yall. Lets make her number 1.

      • I love big black c** December 8, 2019

        Flop #1 My a-s-s. Worst album of 2019

      • Clarksooon December 8, 2019

        Camila really is that b1tch and she got u hos mad ur favs are not in her spot ??????

  2. HavanaONana December 8, 2019

    This is a cool single
    I used to hear this in the radio a lot lol

  3. Conrad ? of The GrapeJuice.Net December 8, 2019

    Thank you about The Barbs got a Nicki Minaj Birthday Post. We love you ? so much Queen cheers ? to another year of Joy & Success. 37 Never looked so good ?. The People’s Rap Queen ?

  4. Ratedxxx December 8, 2019

    Over a decade in this game, she’s still making hits…
    she’s been one of my favs for years before she became famous..

    you know you’re a bad bish when your name on the mouths of those who claimed that they don t like her..

    She’s letting her lessors get shine right now.. but we all know they ain’t going to make the impact that she’s made in the rap and pop world..

  5. Ratedxxx December 8, 2019

    I also fuggs with li’l kim..she has nothing to do with this post.

    both are bad bishes..

  6. Clarkso00n December 9, 2019

    Taylor swift gave her the career she has today

    Taylor swift made her relevant.
    Every song from pink Friday flopped.

    ester dean singing the chorus also saved the song.
    It’s a shame, nicki minaj is a rapper but her biggest hits are 2 pop songs, starships and super bass

  7. Dc December 9, 2019

    Who else do you do this for birthdays why is she getting different treatment ???

  8. Charli Cheer Up December 9, 2019

    A milestone achievement for a female hip hop artist. She will forever be a queen!

  9. Jia December 9, 2019

    I swear no one does it like her or looks like her. True queen!!!! Thank you for opening the world’s ears to female rap.

  10. December 9, 2019

    Happy birthday to her.

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