One of the smarter things that rappers have begun doing in their songs (or the songs they're featured in) is repeating their name. Consider Nicki Minaj. If you’ve heard much of her music, it might ring a bell that occasionally she references herself or outright says her own name in the middle of her songs.
But the reality is that throughout all the music she’s made and been featured in, she’s said her own name (or the person she’s singing with has said it) a total of 183 times. In nearly all of these occasions, it’s actually her saying her own name.
In her first album, Pink Friday, her name is said 25 times, counting all versions of the album as well as bonus tracks. If the bonus tracks, iTunes exclusives, etc. are cut out leaving only the core album, the number drops to 18. But considering all of the songs are hers, it’s fair to put the number at 25.
Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, featured much more music with fewer mentions of her name. With all the tracks on every version of the album, the number of mentions is 24- but that includes the press conference included in the iTunes version, which clearly isn’t a song. Therefore, the number drops to 20, giving a total of 45 mentions.
If you just count her two primary albums, the number stops at a still impressive 45 mentions. But as you may know, Nicki Minaj is highly prolific in appearances in other artists’ music. When her various appearances in the works of other artists are included, the number rises to 77 mentions.
If you go back to Nicki Minaj’s mix tapes, it becomes clear that she used to advertise herself far more than she does today. When her three mix tapes are included, the number goes all the way to 183. It's probably safe to say Nicki Minaj has done plenty of self promotion.