Minaj in 2017
Onika Tanya Maraj
December 8, 1982
|Citizenship||Trinidadian / American|
|Education||Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School|
|Origin||New York City, U.S.|
Minaj became the first and only female rapper to be listed on Forbes' Hip Hop Cash Kings list. She is known for her strange style, funny voices, colorful wigs and costumes, and characters she uses in her music.
Career[change | change source]
2009–11: Beginnings and Pink Friday[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 climbed to number one on the US Billboard 200 album chart and contained the singles "Your Love", "Moment 4 Life" (featuring Canadian rapper Drake), "Super Bass", "Did It on 'Em", and "Fly" (featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna). The first, second, and fifth singles reached the top 20 in the US, while "Super Bass" managed to peak at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked in the top ten around the world. The song has been certified 8× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for combined shipments and streams of 8 million copies in the US alone. Minaj was also featured with Kesha on a remix of Britney Spears' song "Till the World Ends".
Nicki Minaj has been instrumental in challenging the patriarchal norms of the music industry, as a Black female rapper. Additionally, in Nicki Minaj's early career she used sexuality as a way to gain fans and relate to audiences. She was able to gather a large female and LGBT+ identifying audience through her implying that she was bisexual herself. Through her wigs, costumes, and bold designs she attracted fans from the LGBT+ community, who found themselves to be able to identify with her boldness and expressivity.
2012–13: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and The Re-Up[change | change source]
Minaj released a single, "Starships", on Valentine's Day of 2012, before releasing her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, on April 3, 2012. This album contained more pop- and dance-leaning songs, with some songs produced by RedOne (known for working with Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga) and Dr. Luke. "Starships" reached number one in Scotland and the top five in the US, UK, and Canada. Minaj released two more singles from the album, "Pound the Alarm" and "Va Va Voom", which both reached the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100. She was featured on David Guetta's single "Turn Me On", which reached the top ten worldwide. Minaj re-released Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded later in the year as Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up that contained songs like "Va Va Voom" and "Freedom".
2014–17: The Other Woman, The Pinkprint, and other projects[change | change source]
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.
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.
2018–19: Queen[change | change source]
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, except as a Target edition bonus track. The promotional single "Rich Sex", featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, was also released from the album. Minaj was featured on the single “Fefe” by rapper 6ix9ine which reached number three on the Hot 100 in both the US and Canada.
Minaj released a new single, "Megatron", on June 21, 2019.
2020–present: Hiatus and upcoming fifth studio album[change | change source]
After a social media hiatus, Minaj returned to Twitter and Instagram on January 30, 2020. The following day she appeared in the music video for Meghan Trainor's single, “Nice to Meet Ya” which also featured Minaj. On February 7, Minaj released her first single of 2020, titled “Yikes”.
Minaj was featured in two remixes of the song “Say So” by American rapper Doja Cat. The song would go on to become her first US number-one hit. On June 12 Minaj featured on the song “Trollz” by rapper 6ix9ine. The song went on to become Minaj’s second US number one.
Personal life[change | change source]
Minaj moved to Queens, New York City at age five. Her father went to rehab for alcoholism in 2012. Minaj claimed he burned down their house in her youth. As a teenager, Minaj had an abortion, which is referenced in her song "All Things Go" from The Pinkprint.
In 2011, her cousin Nicholas Telemaque was murdered in Brooklyn, New York. In November 2017 her brother Jelani Maraj was convicted of raping a child. In January 2020, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Minaj had dated Safaree Samuels for 12 years and later dated rapper Meek Mill from 2015 till 2017. In November 2018, Minaj began dating Kenneth "Zoo" Petty. She has known him since her teenage years. Petty is a registered sex offender. They married in October 2019, after just one year of dating. After the marriage, Minaj changed her surname to Maraj-Petty.
Discography[change | change source]
Studio albums[change | change source]
Mixtapes[change | change source]
Reissued albums[change | change source]
Filmography[change | change source]
|2010||Nicki Minaj: My Time Now||—||TV documentary|||
|2012||Nicki Minaj: My Truth||—||TV documentary; executive producer|
|The Cleveland Show||Herself||Episode: "Menace II Secret Society"|
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||Steffie||Voice role|
|2014||The Other Woman||Lydia||Feature film|
|2014–16||Steven Universe||Sugilite||Voice role|
|2015||Nicki Minaj: My Time Again||—||TV documentary|
|2016||Barbershop: The Next Cut||Draya||Feature film|
|2019||The Angry Birds Movie 2||Pinky||Voice role|
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Minaj, who has found success in rap, R&B, pop and even dance
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