An unreleased video of Nicki Minaj freestyling in the streets of New York is creating an internet firestorm today.

The clip features a regular looking Minaj spitting rhymes long before she became an overnight hip hop/pop star. Don’t expect to see rainbow coloured wigs or alter ego Roman Zolanski rapping. This video features the original lyrical Nicki Minaj who was still hungry to get her shine in the rap game.

These days Nicki Minaj is a global phenomenon with huge influence in hip-hop, pop and fashion.

Watch Nicki rapping over Terror Squad’s “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” then busts out an a capella freestyle.