Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and model. She was born in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, although from a very young age she grew up in the borough of Queens, in New York. Her parents, Robert and Carol Maraj, were gospel singers.
She grew up in the St. James district of Port of Spain with her grandmother until she was 5, before returning to her parents in New York. Between gospel and clarinet lessons, Nicki’s vocation grew and she decided to study singing and performance at Guardia High School, after getting the much-needed encouragement from her parents and friends. A climate of violence sets in under the thumb of a father accustomed to excesses. Nicki Minaj took refuge in music and in a world where she creates fantasy “doubles”.
After graduation, she tried unsuccessfully to succeed as an actress in the theater scene of New York, but it was in vain. She ended up working as a waitress and was fired on numerous occasions for her indiscipline.
Twenty-year-old, in 2002, she is spotted by Fendi on MySpace, who decides to sign her under her label Dirty Money. In return, young Nicki woman adopted the stage name “Nicki Maraj”, although she finally adapted it as Nicki Minaj. However, it was mostly her collaborations with popular artists like Lil Wayne, Christina Aguilera, Will.i.am. who pushed her to the limelight.
On July 5, 2007, Nicki Minaj published her first mixtape, titled “Playtime is Over,” which was followed a year later by another titled “Sucka Free.” In 2009 she published a third mixtape, “Beam Me Up Scotty”, with which she began to play on MTV. The single “I Crazy Crazy” found its way to the Billboard Hot Rap list. Following her rising popularity, she drew the attention of rapper Lil Wayne, who signed her to Young Money Entertainment label.
In November 2010, she released her first album, Pink Friday which was an instant success. From the week of its release, it ranked No. 2 sales in the United States and at the end of the year, the magazine Rolling Stone branded her the “New Queen of Hip Hop”.
In August 2011, she was named Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Throughout 2011, Nicki continued with collaborations with big names, from Britney Spears to Drake, through the young Willow Smith or the French DJ David Guetta on his clip Turn me on.
In 2012, Madonna offered Nicki a duet on the title Give Me All Your Luvin’, the first single of his new album MDNA (released in February 2012). In early April 2012, her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was born, produced by her friends RedOne, Dr. Luke, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake and Kane Beatz. New Cardboard: With more pop songs like Starships, the album ranked No. 1 in sales in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In September 2012, she performed with Alicia Keys during the MTV Video Music Awards and won the Best Female Video Award for her Clip Starships.
During the 2012 US election campaign, she gave her full support to outgoing President Barack Obama, not hesitating to sharply criticize his opponent Mitt Romney.
Since the end of September 2012, the curvaceous rapper has been part of the jury of the twelfth season of American Idol, alongside Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson. Her disagreement with Mariah Carey during the auditions of the show went viral and trended all around the world.
The third installment of Nicki, actually a reissue of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was released November 19, 2012. On October 21, 2012, the singer launched a new international tour, which ended in December in Australia. Between two-story house, spaceships, smoke, and fireworks. In 2014, Nicki Minaj takes her first steps as an actress in Triple Alliance.
Nicki Minaj’s Daughter, 12-year-old Kamiyah Onika Minaj lives in a foster home. She only knows what her foster mother told her about her parents.
On January 2017, Nicki Minaj announced her break with rapper Meek Mill after two years of romance.
Nicki Minaj Quits Music
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 😘♥️🦄
— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 5, 2019
On September 5, 2019, Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that she has retired from music to focus on family. She has however changed her name to ‘Mrs. Petty’ on Twitter, suggesting she is married already to Kenneth Petty, the new man in her life.
Nicki Minaj Net Worth
Nicki Minaj‘s estimated net worth is $85 million.