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Which artist is more outrageous?

Two of hip-hop's top artists will tear up the United Center on Friday night, and if you didn't score tickets, you're missing out. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj are top-selling musicians, but they also rank pretty high on the crazy meter. Whether she's wearing a skintight leopard-print leotard or simulating a lap dance onstage (as she did during their New York concert last Sunday), Minaj and her Young Money labelmate know how to put on a show. In fact, the duo even recorded a track called "I Get Crazy," so if they didn't bring it, we'd be disappointed. Which artist is more outrageous? It's a tough call, but we break it down.

Hair
Wayne: Long dreads
Minaj: Wears it pink, blue, straight, curly, down and up—sometimes all at the same time.
Winner: Minaj. Though she'd be disqualified if the category exempted wigs.

Tattoos
Wayne:
Tats cover most of his body, including his eyelids, which say "Fear God."
Minaj:
Has one arm tattoo she got at age 16—Asian symbols that translate to "God is with me always"—which she tells Billboard "I wish I never got."
Winner:
Wayne. Face tattoos are a bold move, bro.

Criminal record
Wayne: Spent eight months in jail in 2010 on weapons charges.
Minaj: Squeaky clean.
Winner (if you can call it that): Wayne. You're not outrageous if the cops don't care what you do.

Pets
Wayne: Told Interview magazine he keeps two sharks at his house. "Those are my dudes," he said.
Minaj: Offered $50,000 for the return of her lost pink monkey, Oscar. "OSK!!!! OSK!!!!! Plz come back!!!!" she tweeted.
Winner: Wayne, because the calmer you are about your crazy, the more crazy you seem.

Sample out-there song lyric
Wayne: "My head is the dumbest, I promise. I should be hooked on phonics." ("Every Girl")
Minaj: "You're no match for my Uzi." ("Baddest [Bleep]")
Winner: Wayne, though we couldn't even print most of either artist's lyrics here.

How they "go green"
Wayne: Whipped up a Packers-friendly "Green and Yellow" remix response to Wiz Khalifa's Steelers tune "Black and Yellow."
Minaj: Styled her beehive to look half-cauliflower, half broccoli.
Winner: Minaj. We repeat: Vegetable hair.

Overall winner: Lil Wayne, although perhaps only by Charlie Sheen standards is this really "winning."

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