Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj
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Minaj at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
Born Onika Tanya Maraj
(1982-12-08) December 8, 1982 (age 35)
Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Net worth $80 million (July 2017)[1]
Musical career
Origin Queens, New York, U.S.
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present[4]
Labels
  • Young Money
  • Cash Money
  • Republic
Associated acts
Website mypinkfriday.com

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, and songwriter.

Career[change | change source]

In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown. Her debut album, Pink Friday, was released on November 9, 2010. It produced the singles "Your Love", "Moment 4 Life" featuring Canadian rapper-actor Drake, "Super Bass", and "Fly" featuring Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. "Super Bass" managed to peak at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked in the top ten around the world. She released a single, "Starships", on Valentine's Day of 2012, before releasing her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, on April 3, 2012. She has recently been featured as a judge on American Idol alongside Australian country artist Keith Urban, American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, and music producer Randy Jackson. In 2014, she was featured in the film The Other Woman. She released her third studio album, The Pinkprint, in December of that year. It was preceded by the singles "Anaconda", which samples the 1992 hit single "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot, and "Only". "Anaconda" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Minaj's highest-peaking song in the United States to date. Minaj performed "Anaconda" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.[5]

Minaj is the first and only female rapper to be listed on Forbes' Hip Hop Cash Kings list.[6] She is known for her strange style, funny voices and characters she uses in her music.

On March 10, 2017, Minaj released three singles: "No Frauds", "Regret in Your Tears", and "Changed It". "No Frauds" became a top 20 hit in the US. Minaj took a break from social media at the end of the year to focus on new songs.

On April 13, 2018, Minaj released two singles: "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz". The first reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was picked as the lead single from Minaj's fourth studio album, Queen. "Barbie Tingz" reached number 25 in the US but was later removed from the track list for Queen. The promotional single "Rich Sex", featuring rapper Lil Wayne, was also released from the album.

Personal life[change | change source]

Minaj moved to Queens, New York City at age five. Her father went to rehab for alcoholism in 2012.[7] Minaj claimed he burned down their house in her youth.[8] As a teenager, Minaj had an abortion, which is referenced in her song "All Things Go" from The Pinkprint.[9]

In 2011, her cousin Nicholas Telemaque was murdered in Brooklyn, New York.[10] In 2017 her brother Jelani Maraj was convicted of hebophilically abusing a teen.[11]

Minaj had dated Safaree Samuels for 12 years and later dated rappers Meek Mill and Nas.[12]

Discography[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. [1]
  2. Haramis, Nick (August 3, 2011). "In the pink: First lady of hip-hop Nicki Minaj is a bewigged global phenomenon". The Independent. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  3. McIntyre, Hugh (March 10, 2017). "Nicki Minaj Releases 3 New Singles--is an Album Coming Soon?". Forbes. Retrieved October 5, 2017. Minaj, who has found success in rap, R&B, pop and even dance
  4. "Nicki Minaj". Global Talent Booking. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  5. https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/mtv-vmas-2014-watch-nicki-4102337
  6. https://www.forbes.com/pictures/eeel45elkd/15-onika-%E2%80%9Cnicki-minaj%E2%80%9D-maraj-6-5-million-tie/
  7. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/apr/27/nicki-minaj-bigger-balls-than-the-boys
  8. Strang, Fay (2014-09-09). "Nicki Minaj's reveals her 'crack-addict father set fire to their home with her MUM inside'". mirror. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  9. "Nicki's abortion: Minaj reveals unspoken truths". New York Post. 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  10. https://nypost.com/2011/07/05/rap-star-nicki-minajs-cousin-shot-dead-in-brooklyn/
  11. Ap (2017-11-10). "Nicki Minaj's brother convicted in rape case of preteen girl". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  12. "Safaree Has The Pettiest Response To The Nicki Minaj & Nas Break Up". BET.com. Retrieved 2018-04-21.

Other websites[change | change source]

Preceded by
Cee-Lo Green
Saturday Night Live musical guest
January 29, 2011
Succeeded by
Linkin Park
Preceded by
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
Saturday Night Live musical guest
December 6, 2014
Succeeded by
Charli XCX