By Caroline Meister
Working out is hard, and it seems like it goes on forever. To make the process just a little more bearable, I’ve compiled a list of ten Nicki Minaj songs to listen to while you’re pumping iron, or doing whatever type of workout you do.
10) “Get On Your Knees” ft. Ariana Grande
This song is all about being in charge, and when you’re working out, it’s always nice to feel like you have control. It also helps when two female powerhouses are reminding that you should be in charge.
9) “Feeling Myself.” ft. Beyoncé
Beyoncé. Nicki Minaj. Female powerhouses. Positive body image. Enough said.
8) “Only” ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown
This song is just so catchy. There’s not a single person who can’t help but sing the opening line, no matter how shy they might be. Plus, if you’re feeling a little insecure while heading to the gym, just remember that Drake likes his girls “BBW.”
7) “Roman Reloaded” ft. Lil Wayne
This entire song is basically Nicki talking about how she rules everyone, and won’t take no for an answer, or in her case “less than 10 mil for the signing.” You can apply this mantra while working out, and also remember that you want to look “bang.”
6) “Black Barbies” (Black Beatles Remix)
This popular song is amazing to work out to, mostly because Nicki shuts down the fact that girls/women have ever needed a man for anything. This will remind you that you are only working out for yourself, and that anyone else’s opinion is invalid.
5) “Whip It”
This song has the same driving beat that made “Starships” shoot (no pun intended) to stardom. Although it lacks driving feminist/encouraging lyrics, the club beat definitely will make for a more enjoyable workout and it will make it seem more like a party than a work-out.
4) “I’m The Best”
Essentially, Nicki spends the whole song describing how everyone doubted her and then goes on to list all the things she has accomplished (keep in mind, this was only her first album at this point!). Keep this in mind while you’re working out: your first workout might not be the best, but you can only become “the best” if you continue to work-out and push yourself.
3) “Did It On Em”
This song, similarly to “I’m The Best,” describes how Nicki is above all the haters and how she will continue to be above them. When the girl on the treadmill is giving you a judgmental glance, just remember that at some point, you will have “did it on her.”
2) “Young Forever”
Similar to “Whip It”, this song is less of a motivator and more of a good song to pass the time with. Even as I’m writing this, I’m bopping my head along to the beat, and you will be to too, no matter where you are.
1) “I’m Legit” ft. Ciara