Celebrity: Nicki Minaj
BIRTH DATE: December 8, 1982 (age 35)
NET WORTH: $70 million
PLACE OF BIRTH: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
Who is Nicki Minaj?
Hip-hop recording artist, rapper and singer, Nicki Minaj who rose to stardom with her smash hit single “Super Bass”, “Starships” and later “Anaconda”, is the very first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously on the Billboard 100 chart.
Though she might now be kind of small in the music industry, Nicki Minaj who packs a lot of talents into her 5-foot 2-inch frame was born in the Caribbean, but moved to New York when she was five-year-old and overcame a challenging childhood to become one of the the best female rapper in the game. The rapper who additionally spread her tentacles into TV and movie industry, popular for her brilliant bubblegum persona and image is a very active social media user who is known for showing off her sexy curves online.
Nicki Minaj’s rough Childhood in Queens, NY
Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj on the 8th of December, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, and later moved with her family to Queens, New York, when she was just five years of age. Her dad who was an extreme drug addict with a long history of violence with the intent to kill Minaj’s mother but failed set the family’s home on fire, According to the rapper, all her early struggles in life, helped fuel her drive to transcend the life her parents had.
“I’ve generally had this female-strengthening thing in the back of my brain,” “since I needed my mom to be more grounded, and she couldn’t be. I thought, ‘In case I’m fruitful, I can change her life,” she told Details magazine.
To achieve her dreams, the young Minaj created different personas for herself that would enable her to reevaluate herself. She first settled with “Cookie”, then “Harajuku Barbie” before she eventually decided on Nicki Minaj. At 12 years old, she composed her first rap, then proceeded to delve into acting at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, the school that inspired the movie Fame. Be that as it may, Nicki Minaj’s acting career didn’t take off, and she had to take up few jobs including waitressing at Red Lobster, where she was terminated for being rude to customers.
Nicki Minaj’s Mixtapes Make Way for Young Money Deal
Nicki Minaj hell bent on succeeding in the music business, took up a backup singing gig for local New York City rappers, including Full Force. Not long after, she started writing of her own material and was in the end discovered by the Dirty Money CEO Fendi, after he came across her MySpace page, fell in love with all that he heard, and then signed her to his record label afterwards.
Eventually the association drove Minaj to Lil Wayne, who teamed up with her on a series of different mixtapes, the first, Playtime Is Over, was released in April 2007. This and subsequent mixtapes, including Sucka Free (2008) and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009), exhibited Minaj’s female swag and out-front style. She later got signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money record label in August, 2009, while she became its first ever female artist that hardened her growing rep with appearances on the We Are Young Money compilation album in 2009, while additionally working together with Mariah Carey and Robin Thicke.
By early 2010, anticipation had developed around Minaj’s debut album, that was scheduled for release but fail. Then in April of that year, she released her first single, “Massive Attack,” followed by “Your Love”. After after two months she won Best Hip Hop Female at the annual BET Awards, where she dedicated the award to her label boss and rapper, Lil Wayne. The Pink Friday album that dropped in November, with eight singles released to promote it, went triple platinum, while also receiving very positive reviews.
Entertainment Weekly’s Brad Wete was helped to remember “her labelmate Drake, completely mindful of how astounding she is, yet in addition how delicate.” Minaj showed a scope of alter-egos on her releases, including Onika, Nicki Lewinsky and Roman Zolanski.
Nicki Minaj’s ‘American Idol’ Feud With Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey
In March 2012, Minaj showed up on the prominent TV competition American Idol, where she told American singer Jennifer Lopez, who was a judge on the show, to “scoot over a little bit” to make room for her at the judges’ table. Later on there were speculations that there was a quarrel between the two diva’s, but Minaj later dismissed it. Later that year, Minaj got what she wanted again when she was announced as the judge on American Idol with Mariah Carey who she had another feud with.
Watchers at home got the opportunity to see the two square off once the show’s twelfth season started airing in mid 2013. Minaj and Carey got into a contention amid tryouts in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Minaj raging off stage. Carey later guaranteed that Minaj undermined her with physical mischief and chose to employ additional security thus, as indicated by the New York Daily News. Minaj has additionally been condemning of the show, tweeting that American Idol “isn’t a singing rivalry.”
The viewers of the show got more than what they bargained as they see Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey square off once the show’s 12th season began airing in early 2013, while they got into heated argument during the auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Minaj storming off stage. Carey later claimed that Minaj threatened her with physical harm and decided to hire extra security as a result, according to the New York Daily News. While Minaj who also criticized the show, tweeted that American Idol “is NOT a singing competition.”
Nicki Minaj’s Claiming the Crown, Other Projects
Minaj gained more fame in 2012 when she performed alongside Madonna at the Super Bowl game’s popular halftime show. Later on she released the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, a record that ended being a raving success, that reached the top of the pop, R&B and rap chart. Whie the irresistible dance song “Starships” was the primary breakout single. “Pound the Alarm” soon took over, and likewise “Va Va Voom.” Minaj went ahead to perform “Roman Holiday” at the Grammy Awards in the same year.
Eight more singles were later released from her next album, The Pinkprint, that was released on the 12th of December, 2014 and the album’s guests list of attendees included Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and Drake. It went double platinum, and in 2016, she won the Best Female Hip Hop Artist award at the BET Awards for the seventh consecutive time.
Nicki Minaj who had also been delving into different projects gave her voice for mammoth Steffie in 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift making her movie debut in 2014’s The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz. After which she got a Teen Choice Awards 2016 nomination for her part in Barbershop: The Next Cut. While she also sealed numerous endorsement deals and advertising campaigns, including MAC Cosmetics, Adidas Originals and Pepsi, and has her own fragrance line. While she is also a shareholder in the Tidal streaming service.