Nicki Minaj hit the No. 1 solo single of her career on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to her latest song “Super Freaky Girl,” Billboard reported Monday.
While she has scored No. 1 alongside other musicians and rappers such as Doja Cat (“Say So”) and rapper 6ix9ine (“Trollz”), this latest performance marks the first time in Minaj’s career (13 years) that she topped the charts on her own.
Billboard also stated that “Super Freaky Girl” is the first hip-hop song by a female solo artist without a collaborator to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 following Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.
“You did it,” Minaj wrote on Twitter on Monday, not long after it was announced that the single also marked the largest pure sales week for any song dropped in 2022, with 89,000 units sold.
The song is a pseudo-sequel to Minaj’s 2014 hit “Anaconda” and contains an excellent sample of Rick James’ 1981 single “Super Freak.”
“Super Freaky Girl” Received Criticism
Following the premiere of “Super Freaky Girl,” Minaj dropped a partially altered “Roman Remix” version of the track that houses the comeback of her beloved alter-ego Roman Zolanski.
Besides her chart success, Minaj is scheduled to host the MTV VMAs 2022 alongside LL Cool J and Jack Harlow.
The superstar is also a recipient of this year’s Vanguard Award and will play a medley of hits from throughout her career. Moreover, “Super Freaky Girl” has snagged a nomination for Song of the Summer at the awards show.
While the song charted at the summit during its release, Minaj has also received backlash online for collaborating with writer-producer Dr. Luke, a popular songwriter Kesha took to court for alleged sexual assault and abuse – the lawsuit was later dropped.