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Gritty in Pink: Nicki Minaj’s 10 Fiercest Disses

The Queens rapper is known for writing the sharpest lyrics in rap. Here are the best of the best

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It's an agonizing task picking out Nicki Minaj's 10 best one-liners – a lot like selecting hay from a haystack. Hell, on 2012's "The Boys," she crowns herself "Punchline queen, no boxer though," and when inspired, she even bests Lil Wayne, her boss and mentor. There may not have been enough room for some of her topical one-liners ("You're like balloon boy, mama, you was never there!") or wordy subliminals ("Now which bitch want it, 'cause that bitch get it/I gave him to you, bitch, don't fucking forget it") here, but these 10 disses are all close to perfect, showing the rapper at her sharpest, funniest and most ferocious.

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“Monster” (‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ 2010)

"And I'll say, Bride of Chucky is child's play/Just killed another career, it's a mild day"

Nicki's voice – one of them – shows up at 3:36, ferocious purr and claws out, Giusseppe heels firmly in the sure stance. Then here, amid an unforgettable whirlwind of a verse, time slows down and she baby-talks her way through Temple of Doom-type surgery before returning to a caps-locked "Pink lips, thick ass, give 'em whiplash." Honestly, who even cares that Kanye, Jay and Ross are sharing her space.

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“Beef Stew” (Internet, 2008)

"She got it twisted like a cock-eyed bitch/That's why I be in Mr. Chow's, you a Popeye's bitch"

Rare in every sense of the word, "Beef Stew" has Nicki breaking the "Money in the Bank" instrumental open with a crowbar. Lost to the sands of broken links – in 2008, the Internet wasn't prepped for loosies the way it is now – the verse could never be confused for her best, but there's absolutely no arguing with this couplet's pure, just-crossed-the-bridge neck snap. When people talk about Mixtape Nicki, this is what they dream of.

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