Countdown to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday': Young Money
2009 marked the year that Nicki Minaj officially joined forces with Lil Wayne and was added to his Young Money roster. Nicki joined the ranks of fellow firestarter Drake, along with a whole other slew of new kinfolk including Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Shanell, Lil Twist and many others. In December of 2009, Young Money released their debut battle cry ‘We Are Young Money’ with the lead single ‘Bedrock,’ but it was clear who stuck out from the rest.
Before ‘Bedrock’ became a blockbuster hit, the story goes that Nicki Minaj wasn’t even supposed to be on the track. Lil Wayne wasn’t feeling her original verse, so the new signee had to put her all into a reworked verse. Nicki stepped to Wayne with her opening line, “Okay, I get it, let me think. I guess it’s my turn/ Maybe it’s time to put this p—- on your sideburns,” an obvious pun on Lil Wayne’s chops. The verse made him blush and so Nicki was added to the hit single, which featured Lloyd.
Truth be told, ‘Bedrock’ was one of just three hits found on ‘We Are Young Money.’ The others being the Drake-assisted track ‘Every Girl,’ and Nicki’s monumental anthem, ‘Roger That.’ Flanked by Lil Wayne and Tyga, Nicki spit some ferocious bars on ‘Roger That’ with edgy punchlines like, “Asalaam Alaikum, no oink for me/ And I’ll never let a D-boy boink for free/ ‘Cause it’s Barbie, bitch, you can join the wave/ I done penny, nickel, dimed, I done coined the phrase.” Even in the midst of many, Nicki knew how to stick out with lyrics that branded her. The entire track was wrapped around her catch phrase. It’s no wonder why the two brightest stars that emerged from this compilation were Nicki and Drake … and they still haven’t stopped shining.
Check out the video for ‘Bedrock’ below. Originally filmed to be a grittier version of MTV’s ‘The Real World,’ with all of the action going on, it could pass for ‘The Jersey Shore.’ Just sayin’.