Cover Watch: Nicki Minaj Plays Dead For V Magazine

There’s no doubt that Nicki Minajis at the top– with a platinum plaque for Pink Friday, collaborations with some of the top artists in the game and more alter-egos than we can keep track of, hip-hop’s leading lady forces us to pay attention.

Although she has been dubbed by some as the Lady Gaga of the rap world, Minaj brings a whole new level of raw enthusiasm to the scene. This enthusiasm comes to life in February’s issue of V Magazine, with a cover story properly titled “The Rise and Rise of Nicki Minaj.”

Shot by fashion photogs Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Minaj donned a day of the dead inspired look– with colorful garb provided by Versace and London-based designer Mark Fast, not to mention the skeleton face paint.

With attitude for days, cheeky lyrics and head-turning style, we’re going to go ahead and assume that the hip-pop darling has way more in store for us in 2011.

Check out more photos of Nicki from inside the pages of the 69th issue of V Magazine, available at newsstands this week, after the jump…

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