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The Life of Nicki Minaj

Barbie. Chun-Li. Onika. Whatever her persona, she's a rap superstar. This is the story of Nicki Minaj.

One-of-a-kind pop star

She was born Onika Tanya Maraj in 1982. Her parents were both gospel singers. At 5, she moved from Trinidad and Tobago to New York City. She attended the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art where she originally planned to become an actor. She started rapping as a teenager and used MySpace to promote her early music. In 2009, she was discovered by rapper Lil’ Wayne and signed to his record label Young Money Entertainment. She performed featured verses on tracks by Gucci Mane, Trina, and Robin Thicke, but it was her verse on Kanye West’s song “Monster” that catapulted her into the mainstream.

Her first studio album presented a mix of pop and hip hop, and featured some of music’s biggest names. My first album I had Eminem, Kanye West, Rhianna, Little Wayne, Will.I.Am, who does that on their first album? No one. People now are expecting me to get like… Jesus. Her second album doubled down on her eclectic style with a mix of rap and dance-pop. She’s also known for her expressive fashion which led to a collaboration with Kmart on a fashion line. Her third album, The Pinkprint, was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2016 Grammys. In 2019, she abruptly announced her retirement based on this tweet from her official Twitter account: @NICKIMINAJ: I've decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, ❌ in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me. ✅ Love you for LIFE 😘♥️🦄. Many of Minaj's fans and fellow musician peers seemed shocked by the decision. While Minaj hasn't released an album since 2018, she teased an upcoming fifth album on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." She was also featured on Megan Thee Stallion's song "Hot Girl Summer," which was released in August 2019.

She’s a genre-bending music and style icon and a one-of-a-kind pop star…She is Nicki Minaj.

Brut.

09/10/2019 11:58 AMupdated: 09/17/2019 9:01 PM
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251 comments

  • Abdullah B.
    09/10/2019 17:04

    Shut the trash up

  • Novy C.
    09/10/2019 17:13

    She’s just as fake as the rest of her body.

  • Katheryn W.
    09/10/2019 17:16

    Good Lord !

  • Ken W.
    09/10/2019 17:19

    I don’t think she has any talent. Not an ounce.

  • Corina G.
    09/10/2019 17:19

    At least she worked hard and made it big. People always talking broke lol

  • Zephirum A.
    09/10/2019 17:32

    Better than Cardi B 🤷‍♂️

  • Sandy G.
    09/10/2019 17:43

    It doesn't matter what you think of her. If you don't like her or think she doesn't have talent. She made her millions. She is good. Takes a lot to be able to do that. Build yourself up and really be self made. Sometimes I think a lot of the negativity stems from jealousy. I don't listen to or buy her music but I am still happy a black woman made it. I wish women would build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

  • Simone S.
    09/10/2019 17:57

    Legendary. Went out to achieve all she set to do and did it. Grinded her way to where she is. I love it.

  • Brut
    09/10/2019 18:10

    Queen Latifah recently weighed in on Nicki Minaj's retirement announcement: https://www.xxlmag.com/news/2019/09/queen-latifah-nicki-minaj-retirement/

  • Jess W.
    09/10/2019 19:12

    Making money by showing body! And this is called Talent. Eat die N...

  • Santos G.
    09/10/2019 19:20

    She sure looks like someone with a ball YO!

  • Mario R.
    09/11/2019 01:15

    All Fake people

  • علاء ع.
    09/11/2019 02:01

    To all toxic people saying here she ain't no talent First of all, who the hell are you to speak? Alright..like where is your collection of nobel prizes and trophies... Well you don't have any cause you're trash Second people like nicki aren't supposed to invent the atomic structure..like come on have you ever heard of following a passion? Many people just like I do look at her with love and respect for her bravery to love life Just love life y'all, don't get distracted by hatred However another star fainted in my sky

  • Wendy K.
    09/11/2019 06:33

    Love this girl

  • Kilia N.
    09/11/2019 11:55

    She was born in 85

  • Jacinta A.
    09/11/2019 13:19

    She is indeed a great woman of substance🎀i love her so much.

  • Adnan Y.
    09/11/2019 13:27

    If you want to be just like nikki Minaj try Not to work hard but try to twerk hard 😊

  • Yae S.
    09/11/2019 13:32

    Barbie !!!! She looks more like Annabelle

  • Naomi D.
    09/11/2019 14:56

    ❤❤

  • Unniunnimon U.
    09/11/2019 16:59

    Beautiful eyes