| Kanye West|
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
|Released||October 23, 2010|
|Label||Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam|
|Writer|| Kanye West|
|Producer|| Kanye West|
|Single release||October 23, 2010|
|Video release|| June 4, 2011|
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Minaj revealed on her Twitter account that after speaking with Kanye West, it took her about a week to write her verse. She recorded her verse in-studio with West and Rick Ross in Hawaii.
In 2013, West admitted that he briefly considered removing Minaj's verse from the track because he knew it was the best; at the time, he was worried that after working on his album for eight months, people would still say the best part was someone else's. He ultimately decided not to remove her because he said it would have only been because of his own ego and would have denied her the platform she needed to "be all she could be."
Chart Performance Edit
"Monster" was sent to radio on September 21, and it was released to the iTunes Store on October 23, 2010 around Halloween. It spent five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 18 on the chart. The song also appeared within the top 30 on both the Billboard Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song also appeared on the UK Singles Chart at position 146. "Monster" was certified platinum on March 31, 2014.
Music Video Edit
The video can be viewed here: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgcot4
In the "Monster" music video, directed by Jake Nava, Nicki is seen halfway through owning the roles of both her popular alter egos, Barbie and Roman Zolanski, with Blac Chyna standing in as her double. In her scene, it appears that Roman has tied Barbie up and has taken her hostage. While rapping her verse as Roman, she seduces Barbie whose head is covered by a bag. Then Nicki exchanges roles and raps as Barbie, and she continues switching between both alter egos throughout the whole verse. Both alter egos are rapping about how the other is not as rich or good as them. Unfortunately the music video has been banned on many websites and televsion networks, but it can still be viewed on some websites.
"Monster" Nicki Minaj Verse Lyrics
Pull up in the monster automobile, gangsta
- ↑ https://twitter.com/NICKIMINAJ/status/324939244575547394
- ↑ Alexis, Nadeska. RapFix. "Watch Sway's Full Interview With Kanye West." Accessed November 28, 2013.