After the success of her hit single Super Freaky Girl, Nicky Minaj has worked her way to the top of the charts with her first solo single of 2023, Red Ruby Da Sleeze.
The new release, the second single from her upcoming studio album NM5, features the rapper and singer back-to-back number one debut on the Hot Rap Songs chart, according to Billboard.
Leading up to Red Ruby Da Sleeze on March 3, the pop star posted promotional clips to her social media platforms, just like she did with Super Freaky Girl.
Another sampled banger, the song features elements of Lumidee’s 2003 hit Never Leave You (Uh Oh), the debut single from her first album Almost Famous.
Chart topper: Nicki Minaj, 40, has back-to-back number-one debuts on the Hot Rap Songs chart following the success of Red Ruby Da Sleeze, according to Billboard
Coming Soon: Tentatively due out in 2023, so far there’s no official word on when her album NM5 will be released
Ruby’s rise to the top of the chart was primarily driven by sheer sales of about 41,000 in its first week, which is the most a hip-hop song has scored this year.
Among all music genres, it is second only to Miley Cyrus’ song Flowers, which scored a whopping 70,000 copies.
Super Freaky Girl, which samples the late funk rocker Rick James’s 1981 hit Super Freak, was released last August as the lead single to promote NM5 and quickly became Minaj’s third number one in the US and her first non- guided number one.
It eventually topped the Hot Rap Songs chart for 11 weeks in 2022, en route to becoming one of the biggest songs of the year.
It also made music history by becoming the first female solo rapper with a number one Hot 100 debut since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1997.
After the first release of Ruby, MInaj decided to make an extended version, the Roman Remix, with the return of her alter ego Roman Zolanski.
Named after film director Roman Polanski with a changed surname, Roman Zolanski has been described as her “twin brother” and “a demon inside her” who surfaces when she is angry.
MInaj got the idea to create alter egos in her music when she thought back to her childhood and how she created characters as a means of escaping traumatic situations, such as the frequent fights between her parents.
Promo Mode: Prior to the March 3 release of Red Ruby Da Sleeze, the pop star posted promotional clips to her social media platforms, just like she did with Super Freaky Girl
Going Red: Most recently for Ruby, the rapper and singer posted a short video of the song on her social media platforms, including Instagram
Fans are buying it: Ruby’s rise to the top of the chart was primarily driven by pure sales of about 41,000 in its first week, which is the most a hip-hop song has scored this year
Making an impact: Among all music genres, Ruby is second only to Miley Cyrus’ song Flowers, which scored a whopping 70,000 copies
She’s Super Freak: For her previous release, Super Freaky Girl samples late funk rocker Rick James’ 1981 hit Super Freak
Released last August as the lead single to promote NM5, Super Freaky Girl quickly became Minaj’s third US number one and her first unaccompanied number one.
Mainstay: Super Freaky Girl topped the Hot Rap Songs chart for 11 weeks in 2022, en route to becoming one of the biggest songs of 2022
Raising the bar: The pop star gave more than a few hints of her feminine curves in her promotional push for her last two number one singles on social media
Making her mark: Minaj was recently ranked No. 7 on Billboard and Vibe’s 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time list, and No. 10 on Billboard’s Greatest Pop Stars of 2022 list
Minaj first referred to her upcoming studio album as “the fifth thing” in the February 2019 song Barbie Going Bad.
In the record, Minaj says that her label wants her to release the first single from her fifth album, and that the album has been recorded.
Tentatively scheduled to release in 2023, so far there’s no official word on when NM5 will be released.
Minaj recently rose to number 7 Billboard and Vibe’s 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time list, and the number 10 on Billboard’s Greatest Pop Stars of 2022 list.