Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty is a Trinidad and Tobago-born-American rapper, actress, model, and singer. She was born on 8th December 1982(38 years old) in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago.
As a small child, Minaj and lived with her grandmother in Trinidad. Her mother, moved to New York to attend Monroe College, and she brought the family to NY when Minaj was 5 years old.
Nicki Minaj first started making music in 2004, where she signed with the group Full Force for 6 months. Her first mixtape was released in 2007, and her second came in 2008.
In 2009, Lil Wayne discovered Minaj, and he offered her a contract with his company Young Money Entertainment and in 2010, Minaj released the album ‘Pink Friday’, her debut album, which sold over 375,000 copies in the first week.
With this breakthrough and the rising media attention, Minaj became one of the best top female selling artists in the world, selling over 10 million singles worldwide. She has worked with other top male and female artists like Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Beyonce.
Nicki has released four albums, three compilation albums, three mixtapes, 115 singles, and 18 promotional singles. She is the second-best female with most Billboard Hot 100 hits(110) after she was surpassed by Talyor Swift who now has (113).
FAMILY LIFE: HUSBAND AND CHILD
In 2019, Minaj got married to Kenneth Petty and in later October 2020, She announced the arrival of their first child, nickname “Papa Bear” together. Petty has five other children.
Nicki Minaj then decided to retire from music to build her marriage and family.
Minaj has made history as being the only female rapper alive to have an estimated net worth of $100 million.
In May 2017, Minaj offered to pay college tuition fees and student loans for 30 of her fans. She appeared to grant their requests, ranging from $500 to school supplies to $6,000 for tuition, promising to respond to more requests in a month or two. She also announced that she would launch an official charity for student loans and tuition payments in the near future
In 2019, Minaj pulled out of headlining a concert in Saudi Arabia after “women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, was detained and arrested for speaking out against the Saudi regime.
Minaj has been dubbed as the “Queen of Rap” by several media outlets all around the world and has been considered to be one of the most influential rap artists of all time. She has since become a great source of influence to other artists like Tinashe, Billie Eilish, Cher Lloyd, Doja Cat, and Saweetie.
Disagreements between Minaj and rapper Remy Ma originated in 2007, when Ma took note of Minaj’s freestyle record, nicknamed “Dirty Money”, from her mixtape Playtime Is Over (2007) and it is still not nearing a near halt.
She also has been embroiled in a feud with rapper Lil’ Kim since her success with Pink Friday where Kim accused Minaj of copying her image, saying: “If you are going to steal my swag, you gonna have to pay. Something gotta give. You help me, I help you. That’s how it goes to m”.
In July 2018, Minaj received backlash for her choice to collaborate with 6ix9ine for their collaborative single “Fefe” as the controversial rapper had pleaded guilty to one felony count after posting explicit videos of sexual performance with a 13-year-old child in 2015.
Ithe 2013 collaboration single of Lady Gaga and R. Kelly, had been praised by the very same Publication despite public allegations of child pornography against him. She called the move bullying and claimed this demonstrated a double standard within the music industry.