Spotify’s RapCaviar 2010s Hip Hop Mount Rushmore list was the talk of the town last week. Following a heated debate on social media, Nicki Minaj has earned the fourth and final spot on the Spotify x RapCaviar Mount Rushmore of the 2010s. She joins Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole, who were previously chosen by the RapCaviar team.
On May 28, RapCaviar took to Twitter to reveal the results of a poll they put up to find out who would land in the last spot of 2010s Hip Hop Mount Rushmore. Amongst the choices were Nicki Minaj, Future, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Nicki received nearly 40 percent of the vote, followed by Kanye West, Future, and Lil Wayne.
— RapCaviar (@RapCaviar) June 1, 2021
The 2010s were mostly defined by a new crop of diverse rappers emerging from the Blog Era of Hip Hop. It was a time were mixtapes were presented artistically as albums, and fans began to elevate certain new emcees to superstar status. Drake skyrocketed into A-list territory with the success of 2009’s So Far Gone mixtape and his breakout Top 10 hit single “Best I Ever Had”. Kendrick Lamar quickly became a critical darling with his Section.80 project in 2011. J. Cole consistently delivered #1 studio LPs over the last ten years, but it was 2009’s The Warm Up and 2010’s Friday Night Lights mixtapes that initially grabbed the attention of many rap fans around the world. Nicki Minaj was the standard-bearer for women in Hip Hop during the 2010s thanks to releases such as 2010’s Pink Friday and 2014’s The Pinkprint.