Nicki Minaj, "Your Love"
Nicki Minaj tried to take "Cassie away from Diddy" on Usher's "Lil Freak," which saw the Queens-born rapper rhyming about having a no-strings-attached threesome. But on her latest single, "Your Love," the Young Money rap princess puts the sleazy talk aside and finds herself smitten with a young man. On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart's first top 10 entry by a female rapper in four years, Minaj compliments her man atop finger snaps and xylophone clings. "Shorty, Imma only tell you this once, you're the illest . . . You got spark, you got spunk/You got something all the girls want," Minaj chants on the carefree chorus. The MC even hints at her interest in marriage, rapping, "S on my chest, let me get my cape on/Where the certificate that I change my name on?" With "Your Love," Minaj proves that even the wildest ones can be tamed. --Mariel Concepcion