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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.

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

345 comments

  • Fiona J.
    09/09/2020 00:01

    Ick

  • Ericka J.
    08/15/2020 22:34

    She was definitely a beautiful girl and now a beautiful woman 😍🥰

  • Xam E.
    08/15/2020 14:32

    ACCEPTED BY RADIO STATIONS LMAOOOO HUS GONN TELL HA

  • Sara W.
    08/14/2020 19:26

    Nicki Minaj is an amazing rapper...there is no one who can come up with words like her...she's a strret rapper like Eminem, Dr.Dre and so on...but the other woman who thinks she's alllll days is a studio rapper.....

  • Lisa T.
    08/12/2020 18:10

    😢💙

  • Faisa M.
    08/12/2020 12:26

    Keep the Trinidad and Tobago flag flying high.

  • Fredrick C.
    08/08/2020 10:35

    Nice queen

  • Edna K.
    08/06/2020 22:05

    That my girl nick

  • Kelvin U.
    08/04/2020 13:21

    Nicki Minaj is the Queen of Rap and that's on that.

  • Noami A.
    08/03/2020 12:24

    😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

  • Esther W.
    08/03/2020 10:49

    We love you nick you are the 👑qeen of hiphop

  • Ericka J.
    08/02/2020 16:58

    I love her spirit and determination 😍

  • Aissatou D.
    08/01/2020 11:46

    😘😘

  • Nancy F.
    08/01/2020 05:21

    FU NICKI

  • Daisy L.
    07/31/2020 20:39

    my fave

  • Princess C.
    07/31/2020 16:46

    And that's my Queen💃💃💃💃💃

  • Faatima T.
    07/31/2020 11:17

    My little sister loves you so much

  • Cloud N.
    07/28/2020 18:31

    Please nice don't go the world needs you 😵😵😵

  • Whitney M.
    07/27/2020 17:53

    I love much ❤️❤️😍❤️💕💙

  • Tamy P.
    07/27/2020 11:52

    STFU u married a broke rapist no Grammy been pregnant 10 years no baby Nicki just a hater is y she only be nominated and never own a Grammy 🤣😂😂

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