Nicki Minaj equals Lauryn Hill’s record in the United States after releasing 121 singles in the last 12 years.
The singer’s latest single, Super Freaky Girl, debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first solo female rapper to do so in nearly a quarter-century.
The last time this occurred was in 1998, when Laruyn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) debuted at number one.
Super Freaky Girl was streamed 21 million times last week, according to Billboard.
It also topped the download chart with 89,000 sales, the most for any song in 2022 thus far.
After the charts were revealed, Minaj tweeted to her fans, “You did it.”
Super Freaky Girl is also the singer’s first solo number one and her third overall.
She previously topped the charts in 2020 with Trollz, a collaboration with 6ix9ine, and as a featured artist on Doja Cat’s TiKTok hit Say So.
Minaj’s previous biggest solo hit was 2014’s Anaconda, which peaked at number two.
Since 1998, only one other solo female rap artist has topped the singles chart: Cardi B. Both of her number ones, Up and Bodak Yellow, began lower in the rankings before ascending to the top.
Super Freaky Girl is based on Rick James’s funk classic Super Freak and features Minaj bragging about her sexual prowess, much like the “very freaky girl” James wrote about in 1981.
Super Freak is a seminal Hip-Hop record that has been sampled over 30 times by artists such as Jay-Z, Gucci Mane, and MC Young.
However, this is the first time it has topped the charts. The original reached number 16, while MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This, based on the instrumental, reached number eight in 1990.
Dr Luke, the hitmaker who was accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse by his former protégé Kesha in a widely publicized lawsuit, produced Minaj’s version.
The musician has vehemently refuted the allegations and filed a defamation lawsuit against Kesha, and his attorneys have prevailed in various rounds of the continuing legal struggle.
However, after the charges surfaced, several bands have declined to collaborate with him.
Separately, Minaj will perform and co-host the MTV Awards this weekend where she will also receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
She had to postpone a London appearance earlier this year due to a fan swarm.