YMMV: Nicki Minaj

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The song Roman's Revenge was criticized for featuring Eminem rapping his typical homophobic and misogynistic lyrics. Some critics believe that Roman Zolanski's revenge is on Eminem. Even more likely since she revealed in a interview that Roman Zolanski is gay.
    • Some believe that the video clip for ‘Anaconda’ is a continuous Deconstruction of the Male Gaze, celebrating female sexuality in the hands of women and Big Beautiful Women; two highlights often noted are when Nicki is in the kitchen, cooking in a sequence designed to resemble a sex act with a banana and some cream, before chopping the banana apart and throwing it away, and the end of the clip, in which she gives Drake a lap dance and walks away the second he tries to touch her, without giving him so much as a single line of dialogue worth of power on the situation. Others think it was a mere mess with typical half-naked women dancing in a sexually charged atmosphere and any symbolism exists solely in the minds of viewers who are seeing symbolism that wasn't intended.
  • Broken Base: With the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The album itself seemed destined to be a Base Breaker; almost exactly one half of the album is Hip Hop with some R&B thrown in, and the rest is straight dance-pop in the vein of "Starships". Several high-ups have called Nicki a sell-out which led to a dust-up at the Hot 97 Summer Jam in 2012, in which she pulled out after Peter Rosenburg insulted her pop-leanings.
    • She seems to returning to her hip-hop roosts while holding on to some pop fans with hits like "Lookin Ass" and "YASSS Bish". "Pills N Potions" was an attempt at this as well, due to the fact she raps the verses, but sings a sweet chorus and it was meant with critical acclaim.
    • There's also the debate over whether or not "Anaconda" is feminist.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Many fans (at even some non-fans) consider her verse on Kanye West's "Monster" to be one of her best, considering she changes accents and flows effortlessly a dozen times during it. Even Bon Iver said it was.
    • Her verse on Trey Songz's "Bottoms Up" isn't too shabby either.
    • "Moment 4 Life" is beautiful.
    • Super Bass is successful and well covered for a reason...
    • Her single, "Starships", is just plain fun.
    • Even people who hate her think the long descending note she hits in "Turn me On" is bloody wicked.
    • Pills N Potions seems to have found her perfect blend of hip-hop and pop
    • In the same vein as "Starships", she also has some other poppy-sounding songs on her second album that are all as equally fun to dance to: "Masquerade", "Whip It", "Automatic", "Va Va Voom".
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Your love, your love, yeah, your love, your love, yeah, your love, your love, yeah, your love, your love, yeah..."
    • "Oh wha-oh!"
    • "Ruh, ruh, like a dungeon dragon!"
    • "How do you that shit? How do you that shit? How do you? How do you?..."
    • "WE GOT TUM-TUMS OVA HERE BIGGA THAN A MONSTA"
    • "Boy, you got my heart beat running away, beating like a drum and it's coming your way! Can't you hear that boom-ba-doom-boom-boom-ba-doom-boom-bass, he got that super bass!"
    • "You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe!"
    • "Y'all want the full Roman?"
    • "POUND THE ALARM!"
    • "Dick in yo' face,put my dick in yo' face!"
    • "Take your medication Roman, take a short vacation Roman, you'll be okay..."
    • "Bitches ain't shit and they ain't say nothing, a hundred motherfuckers couldn't tell me nothing. I beez in the trap, bee-beez in the trap"
    • "These girls fall like dominoes, dominoes..."
    • "Starships were meant to fly, hands up and touch the sky. Can't stop cos we're so high, let's do this one more time."
    • ALL OF "ANACONDA" COUNTS. But especially:
    And he telling me it's real, that he love my sex appeal
    Say he don't like 'em boney, he want something he can grab
    So I pulled up in the Jag, and I hit him with the jab like
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: "Super Bass" was promoted to a single due to its massive popularity and promotion from Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.
  • Growing the Beard: With her third album, The Pinkprint. It features more rapping, fewer pure pop songs and a more introspective tone than her previous albums.
  • Hype Aversion: Many people got tired of hearing her all over the radio. Plus many feel that she's all looks and no rapping skills.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: A lot of her old fans don't like the direction she's taking with her newest album, as there's a lot of singing and mid-tempo tracks as opposed to harder rhymes and beats. There's a lot of accusations that she's just toning down her style just to appeal to pop fans.
  • Narm:
    • Roman's Revenge may be a pretty strong diss, but the general silliness to some parts makes it hard to take seriously.
    • "Anaconda" is so overtly sexual that it can come off like she's trying way too hard. While it's clearly at least partially tongue-in-cheek, the lyrics are so goofy and sexual that they're impossible to take seriously.
  • Narm Charm:
  • Nightmare Fuel: The music video for Stupid Hoe is disturbing.
    • In "Massive Attack", there are some double jointed soldiers with white eyes generally acting creepy in the jungle.
    • In the video for "Monster" she gets awfully violent and sexual with... herself?
    • The video for "Turn Me On." It involves her being a clockwork porcelain robot coming to life.
    • Her weird maniacal laugh from "Anaconda".
    • The imagery in the lyric video for "Only"
  • Retroactive Recognition: Why yes, she did have a guest spot on Lil Wayne's massively popular Da Drought 3 mixtape! How nice of you to just notice!
    • Some WWE fans are still surprised when they found out she performed vocals for Victoria's theme "Don't Mess With" back in 2004.
  • She Can Really Act: Her cameo on The Other Woman and her voice-over on Steven Universe show she works really well in acting and puts her training from her early career days to work. This also comes through in some of her songs when she raps in a different accent or persona.
    • Most agree that she is a rather great voice actress, particularly as Sugilite.
  • Signature Song: "Super Bass", "Starships", or "Anaconda".
  • Snark Bait: She may have a wide degree of fans, but her hatedom is one of the bigger ones, too, which was fueled after the Roman Reloaded album.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The music video to Stupid Hoe, not to mention the song itself for some.
  • Tear Jerker: A good portion of The Pinkprint qualifies. The first three tracks are all ballads about Nicki's destroyed relationships in her love life and family troubles. The album becomes more upbeat after that, but around Pills N Potions it slopes right back into depressing. The Standard Edition ends with Grand Piano and Bed of Lies, both the farthest you could get from something like Anaconda
  • They Copied It, Now It Sucks: Of course, she gets comparisons to Lil Kim, who is probably the Trope Codifier for female rappers. There's also comparisons to Lady Gaga.
  • Uncanny Valley: Her Stupid Hoe video. Have fun getting this out of your mind.
    • Nicki Minaj's ass. Viewable in flashes in the above video... that's just not natural.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup
    • As of 2014 averted, she has taken on a more natural look as her previous weird style has gone out of fashion (displayed by most artists abandoning said fashion, and the few who continue to use it, such as Gaga, having diminished sales).