Every Monday, Up All Afternoon delivers the Monday Mixtape. It's six tracks to start your music-consuming week off the right way.
Nicki Minaj feat. Ariana Grande, "Bed"
Has there ever been a more thorough case of wasted potential than Nicki Minaj? When she first started popping up on mixtapes almost 10 years ago, she was a verbally adroit rapper with neck-snapping skills—there had not been an MC with her combination of technical mastery and chaotic charisma since Eminem first started dropping tracks in the late '90s. Her 2010 debut Pink Friday was a banger, but even then you could tell that she aspired to more than just being a 21st century Lil Kim. Every album thereafter drifted further away from her core skill set, culminating in naked plays at pop supremacy with RedOne-assisted concoctions like "Starships."