Hip-hop icon and Southeast Queens native Nicki Minaj represented her roots in the world’s borough last Saturday, compiling a 35-track playlist on music streaming service Tidal.
“Just created something super dope for Tidal,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “Hope u guys are all signed up.”
The playlist, which she’s calling “Queens Got Da Crown,” features some of the finest Queens MCs to grace a microphone, including Queensbridge’s own Nas and Mobb Deep, Jamaica’s 50 Cent, Onyx and Lost Boyz, Hollis’ Ja Rule and LL Cool J, Corona’s N.O.R.E., and, of course, St. Albans’ group A Tribe Called Quest. The list also features three songs by Minaj.
The Trinidadian hip-hop and R&B artist made a name for herself in Jamaica, selling her music on Jamaica Avenue.
Others artists featured on the playlist include Roxanne Shante, Salt N’ Pepa, Stack Bundles, Run DMC and Kid n’ Play.
Queens’ roots in hip-hop culture go deep. Southeast Queens has numerous streets named after hip-hop icons, including Run-DMC JMJ Way in Hollis, named after Jam Master Jay. In November, Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) successfully pushed to renamed a part of Linden Boulevard after the late Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor of the aforementioned A Tribe Called Quest in St. Albans.