Nicki Minaj Makes YouTube History

Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” surpassed one billion YouTube views!

Nicki is the first female rapper to have a solo song accomplish this, as she joins Katy Perry and Rihanna as the only other female artist to have six music videos with more than a billion views.

“Anaconda” premiered with 19.6 million views in less than 24 hours.

“I wanted to reinstate something,” she said. “Because of the shift in pop culture, even Hip Hop men are really glorifying the less curvy body. I wanted to say, ‘Hey ladies, you’re beautiful. Hopefully, this changes things and maybe it won’t change things, but I love it.”

“Anaconda” was the second single from Nicki Minaj’s third album The Pinkprint, and heavily sampled “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot who cosigned the video.

“OK after watching @NICKIMINAJ Anaconda 37 times I only have one word to sum up my feelings,” he tweeted. “DAMNNNNN!!!!!”

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