Nicki Minaj, original name Onika Tanya Maraj was born on December 8, 1982 at St. James, Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidadian-born singer, songwriter, television personality, and actress who was known for her flowing quick-spoken rap style and for her provocative lyrics.
She complemented her music with a bold persona that included colorful wigs and risqué clothing.
Maraj was about five years old when her family moved to Queens, New York, from Trinidad and Tobago.
Her childhood was dominated by a violent drug-addicted father, and she spent time creating fantasies for herself that would allow her an escape from her tumultuous life.
She adopted a new name, Nicki Minaj, from that practice. Other creative outlets included writing her first rap song when she was 12 years old and pursuing acting at New York City’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
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.
|Full Name||Onika Tanya Maraj|
|Date of Birth||December 8, 1982|
|Birth Place||Saint James, Port Of Spain|
|Parents||Robert Maraj (Father), Carol Maraj (Mother)|
|Husband||Kenneth Petty (m. 2019)|
Minaj entered the music business as a backup singer for local aspiring rap singers in New York City.
In 2007, Minaj eventually came to the attention of famous rapper Lil Wayne, and the two worked on some mixtapes (recordings).
Upon meeting Lil Wayne, Minaj’s exposure grew up the following year as she was named Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards.
In 2009 she signed with Young Money Entertainment, the label founded by Wayne. Her first album for Young Money, Pink Friday (2010), made it to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
The title likewise mirrored her inclination for color pink, a preference that she utilized in branding her collections.
In 2012 Minaj released her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which featured a number of pop songs, notably the hit single “Starships.”
The following year Minaj became a judge on the reality TV singing competition American Idol.
Due to her blunt opinionated judging style and with her frequent disputes with fellow judge Maria Carey, her horizon was deepened.
In 2013 she claimed title to a record 44 appearances the most by a female rapper on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Film Roles and Other Business Interests
Minaj had also been branching out into other areas. She provided the voice of mammoth Steffie in 2012’s Ice Age.
Continental Drift and made her movie debut in 2014’s The Other Woman, opposite Cameron Diaz.
She later received a Teen Choice Awards 2016 nomination for her role in Barbershop, The Next Cut.
She has fronted a number of endorsement deals and advertising campaigns, including MAC Cosmetics, Adidas Originals and Pepsi, and has her own fragrance line.
She is a shareholder in the Tidal streaming service. Her relationship with the rapper Meek Mill ended in early 2017.
Nicki Minaj Net Worth 2022
Nicki Minaj’s earnings come from a multiple sources; music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube.
According to an international report, she is one of the most popular rappers of all time, earning more than $34 million per year.
Nicki Minaj’s husband sentenced to home confinement for failing to register as sex offender. Kenneth Petty was required to register when he moved from New York to California because of a 1995 attempted rape conviction.
Minaj and Petty attended LaGuardia High School in New York City together when they were teenagers living in Queens.
The two lost touch for years before reconnecting in 2018, leading to a whirlwind romance, a wedding and a baby over the next few years.
Nicki has only a child whom she and her husband affectionately calls him “papa bear”. The Pink Friday hitmaker has been sharing her 11-month-old kid on social media.
On September 30, 2020, Nicki Minaj reportedly gave birth to her first kid, a male. This would make the boy two years old by now.
Rapsodienne Rihanna and her musician husband Kenneth Petty threw a Kung Fu Panda-themed party for their son’s first birthday, which was attended by several celebrities.
What Age Was Nicki Minaj Pregnant?
On July 20, the 39-year-old rapper shared a glamorous photo of herself holding her baby bump on social media, announcing her happy pregnancy news.
.@NickiMinaj announces pregnancy! Congratulations! 👶 pic.twitter.com/zja4kreqj7
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 20, 2020