Beam Me Up Scotty (mixtape)
|Beam Me Up Scotty|
|Mixtape by Nicki Minaj|
|Released||April 18, 2009|
Hot Beats, Atlanta, Georgia
|Producer||DJ Holiday and The Trapaholics|
|Nicki Minaj chronology|
Beam Me Up Scotty is the third mixtape by American recording artist Nicki Minaj. It was released on April 18, 2009 through Young Money Entertainment and Dirty Money Entertainment. While recording the mixtape, Minaj worked with several artists, including fellow Young Money artists Lil Wayne, Drake, and Jae Millz, as well as Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, and Bobby Valentino.
The recording is credited with helping to create Minaj's fanbase. Shortly after its release, Minaj, along with other Cash Money/Young Money artists, appeared on MTV.com's Mixtape Daily to discuss the recording.
Beam Me Up Scotty was recorded after Lil Wayne noticed Minaj's appearance on Queens-based underground rap label Dirty Money Records on "The Come Up" DVD series. He is credited with mentoring Minaj as she recorded Beam Me Up Scotty, two years after her appearance on "Don't Stop, Won't Stop", a track from Wayne's acclaimed 2007 mixtape Da Drought 3 that sampled "Can't Stop, Won't Stop (Young Gunz song)" by Young Gunz. Minaj says of her time on tour with Lil Wayne: "It made me hungry. That's what inspired me and the music for the Beam Me Up Scotty tape — the I Am Music Tour."
Minaj credits Beam Me Up Scotty with re-focusing her on her music at a time when much of her career efforts were associated with her image:
I was OK, but I wasn't focusing on the music. I was doing pictures and stuff like that, so people knew me more for pictures than my music. But with the Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape, they have to take me seriously as an artist. So, I would say maybe a year ago, I started sharpening my skills. Recently, I've been singing more. Now it's official – it's going down like 'Town Julie Brown.—Nicki Minaj
"I Get Crazy", featuring Lil Wayne, charted on the U.S. R&B charts due to heavy airplay. A music video for the song "Itty Bitty Piggy" was released for the song due to popular demand. The video is shots of Nicki performing the song live at a club concert and behind the scenes of the Beam Me Up Scotty photo shoot. The video was premiered on Hoodaffairs on Demand who also had a part in shooting the clip. "Go Hard", featuring Lil Wayne, was promoted with a music video shot by director Koach K. Rich.
Beam Me Up Scotty was well received by critics and fans alike. MTV's Mixtape Daily chose Beam Me Up Scotty as its weekly pick on May 4, 2009, giving the album positive reviews: "Yeah, you are going to hear a bunch of more-than-just-friendly shout-outs to the ladies – Nicki says she loves the girls and has no problem surrounding herself with "bad bitches." Mixtape Daily favored tracks such as "I Get Crazy (feat. Lil Wayne)", "Kill the DJ" & "Envy". Beam Me Up Scotty is credited with helping distinguish Nicki Minaj as an excellent lyricist in a male-dominated genre.
BET.com's SoundOff TV gave Minaj a positive review on her mixtape while commenting on impressions of Minaj herself: "I’m not going to front, when Nicki first hit my 'new rapper radar' I immediately hit the 'I’ll pass' button since the parallels between her and Lil' Kim were extremely similar. Dark skin thick girl rapping about explicit issues we only talk about behind closed doors – yeah, I’d say she was a carbon copy. But after removing the stubborn sticker from my forehead, I sat down and dissected shorty’s material and the parallels didn’t exist like I once thought."
In his consumer guide for MSN Music, critic Robert Christgau gave Beam Me Up Scotty an A- rating, indicating "the kind of garden-variety good record that is the great luxury of musical micromarketing and overproduction. Anyone open to its aesthetic will enjoy more than half its tracks".
According to Rob Molster of The Cavalier Daily, Beam Me Up Scotty "garnered [Minaj] a reputation for delivering vicious lyrics with a fresh style...[and] also revealed Minaj to have a knack for invoking alternative personalities, adding another layer to her already complex persona."
|2.||"I Get Crazy" (featuring Lil Wayne)||3:41|
|3.||"Itty Bitty Piggy"||"Donk" by Soulja Boy||4:07|
|4.||"Kill da DJ"||3:01|
|5.||"Mind on My Money" (featuring Brinx & Busta Rhymes)||"Live Your Life" by T.I.||4:31|
|6.||"Nicki Minaj Speaks"||0:19|
|7.||"Slumber Party" (featuring Gucci Mane)||3:30|
|8.||"Shopaholic" (featuring Bobby V & Gucci Mane)||5:32|
|9.||"Go Hard" (featuring Lil Wayne)||"Go Hard" by DJ Khaled||5:56|
|11.||"Best I Ever Had (Remix)" (featuring Drake)||5:26|
|12.||"Handstand" (featuring Shanell)||3:08|
|13.||"Keys Under Palm Trees"||2:51|
|14.||"Get Silly"||"Get Silly" by V.I.C.||1:30|
|15.||"Easy" (featuring Gucci Mane & Rocko)||4:05|
|16.||"Five-O" (featuring Jae Millz & Gudda Gudda)||4:18|
|17.||"Nicki Minaj Speaks"||0:53|
|19.||"Can Anybody Hear Me?"||3:26|
|20.||"Still I Rise"||"No Matter What" by T.I.||3:09|
|21.||"I Feel Free" (featuring Ron Browz, Red Café & Ricky Blaze)||4:32|
|23.||"Beam Me Up Scotty"||"Kill the Bitch" by Sasha||3:59|
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