Biography of Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj, known for her curvaceous figure, outlandish outfits and flamboyant looks, is currently the richest female rapper in the history of the genre (in 2018, her net worth was estimated at $70 million), as well as a social media star. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, she was able to rise to the top of the musical Olympus in the United States and has held this high bar for several years in a row. A rare fan of the genre has not heard her “Superbass”, “Starships”, “Anaconda” or “Chun-Li”.
Pictured: Nicki Minaj
Onika Tanya Marazh (this is the real name of Nicki Minaj) was born on December 8, 1982 in the capital of the Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The girl’s parents, Carol and Robert Marage, have Indian and African roots.
Little Nicki Minaj with her mother
As a child, Onika and her 3-year-old older brother Jelani were raised by her grandmother, while the baby’s parents settled in Queens, an immigrant district of New York. Robert worked for the American Express courier service, and Carol was graduating.
Nicki Minaj as a child
When the girl was 5 years old, she moved in with her parents, but her life could hardly be called happy. Soon my father became addicted to drugs and became addicted to crack. He beat his wife and children, pawned furniture in a pawnshop, and one December night in 1987, he tried to burn down the house while Carol was inside. Luckily, she got out unscathed.
Nicki Minaj without makeup
Subsequently, Robert overcame addiction and became an exemplary family man. But in those years, living with him under the same roof was a real nightmare. Niki consoled herself with one thought – she will grow up, succeed and be able to change everything.
Nicki Minaj’s father beat drug addiction
Nicki Minaj’s musical talents showed up at an early age. She took a course at the music school Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School and fine – Fiorello H. LaGuardia, played the clarinet in the school orchestra, participated in theatrical productions. However, the main dream of the girl has always been singing. She started rapping at the age of 12.
Nicki Minaj in his youth
After school, the girl tried to become an actress, but it did not work out, and at the age of 19 she got a job as a waitress at the Red Lobster restaurant, but was fired due to a rude attitude towards customers. For the same reason, she was fired from about 15 different places.
The beginning of the creative path
In 2004, Nicki Minaj joined the rap group Hoodstars, which is remembered for creating songs for WWE wrestlers. But the long-awaited fame never came, and soon Niki left the group, deciding to build a solo career. She uploaded several demo versions of her songs to the MySpace social network and sent them to prominent members of the industry. Representatives of the Dirty Money Entertainment label responded to the message, offering the girl cooperation. At this time, the pseudonym Nicki Minaj was born. In 2007, Nicky released her debut mixtape Playtime is Over, followed by the mixtape Sucka free. In 2008, she was named Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards.
In 2009, rapper Lil Wayne heard Nicki Minaj’s songs. He offered her a contract with his label Young Money. Minaj became the first female artist in the label’s history. She debuted with a solo verse on the single “Bed Rock”, which was a commercial success and a long time at the top of the music charts. Then Mariah Carey invited the young artist to record a joint song “Up Out My Face”, which was released in a video.
In November 2010, Nicki Minaj released her first studio album Pink Friday. The disc was a resounding success – Minaj became the first singer whose 7 songs were simultaneously on the popular Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, the singles “Your Love” and “Super Bass” occupied the first lines of many US charts. At the same time, Nicki Minaj conducts the first mini-promo tour of major US cities and, as a personal initiative, visits his native St. James with a concert.
The actress loves outrageous images
The debut album elevated Nicky to the highest echelon of world stars. The period of her collaboration with world-famous performers such as David Guetta, Will.I.Am, Kesha Sebert, Mia, Madonna, Alicia Keys begins. The rapper became a regular on the show, and her curvaceous forms became the talk of the town in the musical beau monde. Nicky herself is not shy about shocking the public with either a figure, or outfits, or “doll” hair colors and does not like it very much when she is compared with Lady Gaga.
She states that her sexy and provocative image is just a bright shell, under which you need to have something more substantial in order to succeed. Also during this period, she had a fictional male alter ego – the red-haired gay Roman Zolansky, whom Nicky “sent to the next world” in 2014, although she subsequently did not deny the possibility of his revival.
Nicky loves pink
In 2012, she voiced the arrogant teenage mammoth Steffy from Ice Age 4 and began recording her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Nicki Minaj voiced Steffy from Ice Age 4
The third album in the Pink Series, The Pinkprint, was released in December 2014. The performer pays tribute to the pink color in her images, in which it is always present in one way or another, and even repainted her own Lamborghini Aventador car in pink.
In 2013, her own perfume “Pink Friday” was released, then the fragrances “Minajesty” and “ONIKA” joined the collection. Among other things, Nicky produces his own alcohol “Myx Moscato”.
In 2013, she starred in the Hollywood romantic comedy The Other Woman. On the set, she had a chance to work with Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Nikolai Coster-Waldau and other famous actors. Niki plays Lydia, the protagonist’s overconfident assistant.
Shot from the film “The Other Woman”
In 2016, the singer appeared in the comedy Barbershop 3, starring rapper Ice Cube. For this role, Nicky was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards.
Nicki Minaj in the movie “Barbershop 3”
At various times, Minaj has been the face of advertising campaigns for MAC Cosmetics, Adidas and Pepsi.
Nicki Minaj’s personal life
The singer tries not to talk about her personal life. For a long time there were rumors about her bisexuality. It is known that at the age of 16 the girl had an abortion – she talks about this in the songs “Autobiography” and “All Things Go”.
She was romantically involved with rapper Safari Samuels from 2008 to 2014. Many of the songs on the Pinkprint album showcase the ins and outs of their relationship, most notably the song “Bed of Lies”. The young man stated the following about the reasons for the breakup: “I just packed my things and left. I realized that she did not respect me.”
Pictured: Nicki Minaj and Safari Samuels
Then the singer was credited with an affair with rapper Drake, however, apparently, they are just good friends.
From 2015 to 2017, Minaj’s boyfriend was rap artist Meek Mill, who was 5 years her junior. Shortly after the start of the relationship, he proposed to Nicky. According to the media, the reason for the gap was the unpreparedness of the guy, who also had serious problems with the law, for family life.
Nicki Minaj admits she regrets relationship with Meek Mill
After that, for several months, the singer met with the rapper under the pseudonym Nas. They have known each other for a long time, and even kissed in the video for Minaj’s song “Right By My Side”. In November 2017, Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani, was sentenced to prison. He was accused of regularly raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter. The man’s lawyers insisted that the case was fabricated by his ex-wife and the victim’s mother in order to blackmail his wealthy sister. However, the court issued a strict guilty verdict – 25 years in prison (originally, the prosecutor requested a life sentence).
Nicki Minaj’s brother jailed for raping a girl
Nicki Minaj now
Nicki Minaj’s last studio album was released back in 2014, but the singer’s new work suggests that she is not going to leave the industry. In April 2018, she released two new tracks “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz”, then, together with Lil Wayne, she recorded the song “Rich Sex” and, together with Ariana Grande, the song “Bed”. The release of the singer’s fourth studio album is scheduled for August 10, 2018. The album will be called “Queen”.
Nicki Minaj’s new album will be released in August 2018