Nicki Minaj, born on December 8, 1982, started her rapping career with a rap group called Full Force. She has become one of the most successful female rappers ever. The music video for ‘Anaconda,’ a single she released in 2014, had more than seven billion views on YouTube, making her one of the most viewed rappers on the video-sharing platform. Minaj has sold millions of copies of her songs as a lead artist and a featured artist. Celebrate this rap music icon today with us.
The story of the American rap music industry will be incomplete without mentioning Nicki Minaj, one of the female best-selling rappers of all time. The Queen of Rap has sold over a hundred million copies of her music worldwide. She enticed listeners with her provocative lyrics, snappy wordplays, and her use of accents and alter egos. Minaj was born on December 8, 1982, in the Saint James section of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and her ethnicity is Indo-Trinidadian and Afro- Trinidadian.
Her parents are Robert Maraj and Carol Maraj, and apart from their full-time jobs, they were gospel singers. They moved with Minaj to the U.S. when she was just five years old, and they settled in South Jamaica, Queens, and New York. Minaj wanted to be an actor. She attended LaGuardia performing arts school in Manhattan to achieve her goal. After high school, she pursued a career in acting, but it never really took off. She then worked as a waitress to support herself but got fired too many times for being rude to customers.
She left acting and focused on music. She became a part of the Full Force quartet, The Hood stars. She created many songs with her group and shared her music with everyone she knew in the New York music industry. In 2007, the C.E.O. of Dirty Money Entertainment signed her to his record label for six months. While there, she made three mixtapes. Lil Wayne heard her mixtapes, and he signed her to his Young Money Entertainment record label in 2009. She released her first album, “Pink Friday” the following year (2010), and it eventually reached number one on the Billboard 200 album charts.
Fendi, the C.E.O. of Dirty Money Entertainment, signs Minaj to his music label for 180 days.
Minaj's deal with Dirty Money Entertainment lapses, and she then joins Lil Wayne's record label.
Minaj drops "Pink Friday," and it's a massive success.
Minaj drops "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," in which she digresses from rap to pop.
Minaj features in a theatrical play, "The Other Woman."
Minaj drops her third album, "The Pink Print," and a single from the album, "Anaconda," breaks the record for the highest number of YouTube views in 24 hours.
Why We Love Nicki Minaj
She is an advocate for sexual liberty
In many societies worldwide, women are policed about how they use their bodies. Women like Minaj use their platform to help these women become free.
She is generous
Minaj has paid for many wells to be dug in rural India, which is just one of her philanthropic activities. We love people who give to people who will never be able to repay them.
She is an education advocate
The Trinidadian rapper is a big fan of education, especially for people of color. She paid off the student loan debts of some people too, and we love this about her.
5 Surprising Facts
She was a bookworm
Many people do not associate rappers with reading, but Minaj read loads of books when she was growing up — and she plans to write a book in the future.
She wanted to be an actor
Initially, Minaj wanted to be an actor, and she went to LaGuardia acting school to study acting — her acting career never took off.
She was a waitress
Since Minaj's acting career didn't go as planned, she worked as a waitress at Red Lobster for a while.
She hates her moniker
She didn't choose her moniker, Minaj, someone else gave it to her and it stuck.
She is a dog lover
Minaj loves dogs so much, and she doesn't like cats at all.
Nicki Minaj FAQs
What does Nicki Minaj's husband do?
Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, is a music professional; he even appeared in one of her music videos.
Does she have a child?
Yes, she does; the rapper welcomed her first child, a son, in 2020.
Does she have a sister?
Yes, she does; her sister’s name is Ming Maraj.
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