Yes! It’s definitely “about damn time” black girls show off exactly who they are and get what’s due to them! Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” debuted #1 on the Hot 100 this week with an accumulative sales report of about 89,000 in pure sales, 21.1 million streams, and 4.6 million AirPlays. This makes Nicki the first female rapper to debut a solo at #1 in the 21st century. The Trinidadian rapper has joined Beyonce, Lizzo, and Tems as the only women who reached the Hot 100 #1 spot in 2022. “You did it!” Nicki tweeted to her 25 million Twitter fans.
With her rise to No. 1 Nicki Minaj also became the first female rapper to debut in the top spot. This is her firWith her rise to No. 1, Nicki Minaj also became the first female rapper to debut in the top spot. This is her first U.S. No. 1 without a collab and her third overall. The last time a rapper debuted at No. 1 with a solo single was Lauryn Hill’s classic “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. Here’s the Hot 100 Chart as it stands. Beyoncé’s “Break Your Soul” is at No. 4, Lizzo’s “It’s About Damn Time” at No. 3, and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” at No. 1.
Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” was the no. 1 song for the last two weeks (Aug. 13 and 20), and just before that Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” landed at No. 1 on July 30 and August 6. It is also the first time this century, three solo Black female artists have reached #1 on the Hot 100 back to back. Tems’s feature on Future and Drake’s “I’ll Wait For You” made its debut on May 10th.
This is Nicki’s moment for life as she is gearing up to host the VMA’s airing live from Prudential Center on Sunday, Aug. 28. She’ll also be collecting her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and performing for the first time on the VMA stage since 2018.
“Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry, She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”Bruce Gillmer, president of music, talent, programming and events, Paramount+
Minaj is a 17-time VMAs nominee and five-time VMAs winner. In 2011, she took home her first “moon person” award for Best Hip-Hop Video. This year, she is nominated in the Best Hip-Hop category. Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow, and LL Cool J will emcee the 2022 VMAs together. It’s the first time the show will have multiple hosts since 1986.