Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj rocketed to fame with tracks like “Super Bass,” “Starships,” and later “Anaconda.” She is the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously on the Billboard 100 chart.
Onika Tanya Maraj , known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actress.Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York, she gained public recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 to 2009 and subsequently signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List, with a New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be “the most influential female rapper of all time”.In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
Onika Tanya Maraj was born on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.Her father, Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, is of Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian descent.Her mother, Carol Maraj, is also a gospel singer with Afro-Trinidadian ancestry.
Carol worked in payroll and accounting departments during Minaj’s youth. Minaj’s father was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and had a violent temper, burning down their house in December 1987.She has two siblings.
Minaj clearly had a knack for performance. At the age of 12, she authored her first rap, then went on to delve into acting at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, the school that inspired the movie Fame. But her acting career didn’t take off, and she took up a range of steady jobs, including waitressing at Red Lobster, where she was fired for being rude to customers.
By early 2010, anticipation had built up around Minaj’s debut album, which was scheduled for release that fall. In April of that year, she released her first single, “Massive Attack,” followed by “Your Love.” Two months later she won Best Hip Hop Female at the annual BET Awards.
Minaj released her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in April 2012. The album was preceded by the promotional singles “Roman in Moscow” and “Stupid Hoe”.She was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards, premiering “Roman Holiday” during the 2012 ceremony on February 12.
“Starships” was released in February 2012 as the lead single from Pink Friday.In September, Minaj joined the judges’ panel for the twelfth season of American Idol with fellow new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban and the returning Randy Jackson.On June 29, Minaj became the only artist to win the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist for five consecutive years, while also tying Missy Elliott for the most wins with five.
Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow in particular. She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne.Minaj is the only woman to be featured on the Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings list.
Despite all her other projects, Minaj hasn’t lost her musical focus — she’s already recording music for her next album, and is currently engaged in a war of words with the fellow female rapper Remy Ma. While the latter has just released a stinging diss track called “Shether,” she has a long way to go to dethrone the current queen of hip hop.