Nicki Minaj has come a long way since her underground days back in 06-08. I was in the IFWT office rocking to my favorite track on this tape (“40 Bars…Nick goes IN on the “Banned From TV” beat) and it caught Flex’s attention. He figured it’d be dope to throw this up on the blog, for all the fans that didn’t know Nicki way back when! Her sound is still similar but you can tell it’s definitely evolved. Listen and download Nicki’s first mixtape (2007!), “Playtime Is Over” after the jump.

Marisa Mendez