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Vid It On’em: Nicki Minaj’s 10 Best Clips

Watch the over-the-top MC burn a salon, mow down onlookers and enter the boxing ring in her most outrageous videos

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Nicki Minaj poses in the "Anaconda" music video, one of the rapper's 10 best.

From her Smack DVD origins to her present day Rolling Stone cover status, Nicki Minaj has always matched her ferocious rhymes and larger-than-life persona with a sharp visual aesthetic. As she's scaled the pop charts and become an icon, Minaj has turned into one of hip-hop's most consistently entertaining video artists, filling her clips with oddball concepts, colorful costumes and eye-popping effects. These are the 10 best from her first half-decade of stardom.

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“Stupid Hoe”

The first video from 2012's Roman Reloaded was a gauntlet thrown, a combative and bizarre diss track that never named its opponent but heaped disdain with cartoonish glee. The Hype Williams-directed video, which cut between images at a headache-inducing pace, features the rapper morphing into a caged tiger and small child. It broke Vevo records for views and remains the apex of Nicki's Roman Zolanski persona.

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“Super Bass”

"Super Bass" was buried on the bonus tracks of a deluxe edition for 2010's Pink Friday and probably wouldn't have been released as a single if it weren't championed by pop starlets like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. Once it did get released, however, the Esther Dean-assisted confection became Nicki Minaj's defining crossover moment. Sanaa Hamri, one of the few prominent female directors in the music video world, rose to the occasion, creating a clip that literally splashed pink all over Nicki and her boy toys as the rapper rode motorcycles, danced under black lights and perfected her trademark blink.

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