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Nicki Minaj

Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper, singer and actress

Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (/mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter.

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 36)
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2004–present
Home townSouth Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Kenneth Petty (m. 2019)
Partner(s)Safaree Samuels (2000-2014)
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
  • Young Money
  • Cash Money
  • Republic
Associated acts
Websitemypinkfriday.com

Minaj became the first and only female rapper to be listed on Forbes' Hip Hop Cash Kings list.[3] She is known for her strange style, funny voices and characters she uses in her music.

CareerEdit

2009–11: Beginnings and Pink FridayEdit

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.[4] Minaj was also featured with Kesha on a remix of Britney Spears' song "Till the World Ends".

2012–13: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and The Re-UpEdit

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".

From 2012 to 2013, she was featured as a judge on the music competition series American Idol alongside Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Randy Jackson.

2014–17: The Other Woman, The Pinkprint, and other projectsEdit

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]

She was featured on Guetta's single "Hey Mama" alongside Bebe Rexha and Afrojack, along with Ariana Grande's "Side to Side".

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.[6] Minaj took a break from social media at the end of the year to focus on new songs.

2018–present: Queen and other musicEdit

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.[7] The promotional single "Rich Sex", featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, was also released from the album. Minaj was featured on rapper 6ix9ine's single "Fefe", which reached number three on the Hot 100 in both the US and Canada.

Minaj released a new single, "Megatron", on June 21, 2019.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Minaj moved to Queens, New York City at age five. Her father went to rehab for alcoholism in 2012.[9] Minaj claimed he burned down their house in her youth.[10] As a teenager, Minaj had an abortion, which is referenced in her song "All Things Go" from The Pinkprint.[11]

In 2011, her cousin Nicholas Telemaque was murdered in Brooklyn, New York.[12] In 2017 her brother Jelani Maraj was convicted of hebophilically abusing a teen.[13]

Minaj had dated Safaree Samuels for 12 years and later dated rapper Meek Mill.

DiscographyEdit

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Nicki Minaj: My Time Now TV documentary [14]
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. "Hip-Hop's Top 20 Earners". Forbes.
  4. "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  5. Shenton, Zoe (August 25, 2014). "MTV VMAs 2014: Watch Nicki Minaj's raunchy twerktastic performance of Anaconda". mirror.
  6. "Nicki Minaj". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  7. "Nicki Minaj - Queen [Explicit] (Target Exclusive)". www.target.com. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  8. ‎MEGATRON - Single by Nicki Minaj, retrieved June 21, 2019
  9. Hattenstone, Simon (April 27, 2012). "Nicki Minaj: 'I have bigger balls than the boys'" – via www.theguardian.com.
  10. Strang, Fay (September 9, 2014). "Nicki Minaj's reveals her 'crack-addict father set fire to their home with her MUM inside'". mirror. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  11. "Nicki's abortion: Minaj reveals unspoken truths". New York Post. January 8, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  12. "Rap star Nicki Minaj's cousin shot dead in Brooklyn". July 5, 2011.
  13. Ap (November 10, 2017). "Nicki Minaj's brother convicted in rape case of preteen girl". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  14. "Nicki Minaj". IMDb. Retrieved June 21, 2019.

Other websitesEdit

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