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Before she was famous, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm] looked like just another pretty girl from down the block with a penchant for acrylic claws and being a one-woman hype machine of her own talents.

Except in the case of Miss Minaj, the hype was totally based on reality.

Portraying the now pink-lipped rapper sans make-up or different dialects, it’s easy to see in this video for “Dirty Money” released by Young Money that Minaj pre-Grammy nods had all the goods. She just needed the polish. 

  • What do you think of young Nicki Minaj? Let us know in the comments!

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