Nicki Minaj’s Features Can Cost Up to $500,000

With a track record few, if any, can match, Nicki Minaj is certainly sitting on the top of hip-hop. She’s one of the most decorated rappers of the past decade and unquestionably one of the greatest female emcees in hip-hop history. And her hard work has reaped considerable dividends. Not only is her reputation solidified, but Nicki Minaj is also now able to command up to $500,000 a verse!

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How much would you pay for a Nicki Minaj feature?

Ms. Minaj is not shy about telling you how much she charges to be a guest on other rapper’s songs. After all, bragging about one’s wealth and status has been a big part of hip-hop for decades. Nicki is well known for her flamboyant outfits, which likely cost a pretty penny. On one 2014 feature, she bragged about earning $250,000 a verse – a tremendous amount for what is often as little as eight couplets.

However, in Nicki’s case, her features don’t tend to be phoned in. She’s known for tongue-twisting verses that are often longer than those of her collaborators. And she may even add a bridge if she’s feeling the song. Nicki is well-known for her attention to her craft, so a six-figure investment may take your song to new heights.

According to Complex, by 2020, that price had doubled. Undoubtedly, Nicki Minaj’s star power has helped elevate other artists. She’s not only captured a dedicated base of hip-hop fans but many of her songs are appreciated by pop fans as well. And many of her verses have garnered critical acclaim, amplifying the success of her collaborators’ records as well.

What have been some of Nicki’s most notable features?

As an artist active since the late 2000s, Nicki has done countless features. But since her own ascent to superstardom, a few stand out. Marking that ascent is her guest verse on Kanye West’s “Monster.” Number one on Billboard’s list of Minaj’s top features, the verse is notable for a few reasons. The song appears on one of Kanye West’s best albums and features legendary artists like Jay-Z, Bon Iver, and Rick Ross. Yet many agree Nicki’s verse easily upstages three of hip-hop’s biggest talents.

By the time she was charging just a quarter million a feature, she had teamed with Beyoncé for a remix to the former’s 2014 single “Flawless.” These two Black female superstars’ star power was flawless, with an impressive Nicki Minaj verse complimenting Beyoncé’s one-of-a-kind vocals. Few collaborations between two female artists have matched its commercial or critical acclaim since.

Another notable single was 2020’s “Say So,” with Doja Cat. The single hit the top of the Hot 100 and helped elevate Doja Cat’s own status as a bonafide hitmaker. Nicki’s verse, with punchlines and double entendres galore, takes the song to the next level. It’s truly worth the $500,000 indeed.

What is Nicki Minaj’s net worth?

As of late, Minaj has been busy with a new husband and baby and has not released a full-length album since 2018’s Queen. But that hasn’t stopped her from making money through numerous business ventures and features. In addition to “Say So,” Minaj has collaborated with Megan Thee Stallion (“Hot Girl Summer”), Megan Trainor (“Nice to Meet Ya”), 6ix9ine (“Trollz”), and Elton John (“Always Love You”), among others.

With income still pouring in, it’s natural to wonder how much Nicki Minaj is worth. After all, hip-hop icons like Jay-Z and Kanye West regularly brag about reaching billionaire status. So how much is the reigning Queen of hip-hop, who can command half a million a feature, worth?

As of 2021, The Sun put her net worth at $80 million. While this is impressive, it’s pulled together from publicly available data and may, in fact, be worth much more. She pulls in money from a branded perfume line, alcohol brand, and other products, as well as endorsement deals and her podcast, “Queen Radio.” And she continues to collaborate with artists, from Coi Leray to Lil Baby, pulling in millions each year. Doubtless, she’ll reach a billion sooner rather than later.

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