Nicki Minaj

  • 13 April 2010

Date of birth

8th December, 1982




1st January, 1970



Nicki Minaj (born Onika Tanya Maraj 08.12.1982) is an American rapper known for her singles 'Super Bass' and 'Anaconda' and her acting appearances in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' and 'The Other Woman'.

Net worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Nicki Minaj has a net worth of 50 million USD.

Childhood: Nicki Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, to parents of African and Indian decent. At the age of 5, Minaj moved to the suburb of Jamaica in Queens, New York. Here, Minaj studied at Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School, before graduating from LaGuardia High School.

At the age of 19, she was fired from a job at Red Lobster in the Bronx for rudeness towards customers. She supposedly was fired from a further fifteen jobs for similar reasons.

Career: Nicki Minaj began creating mixtapes at an early age, some of which went on to be featured in 'XXL' - a hip-hop magazine. In 2008, she was awarded Female Artist of the Year by the Underground Music Awards. The following year, Minja released a mixtape entitled 'Beam Me Up Scotty', which was received well by critics at BET and MTV. In April 2010, Minaj released her debut single, 'Massive Attack', which was produced by Sean Garrett who features on the single with Alex Da Kid. A music video was made, directed by Hype Williams.

'Massive Attack' may have been Minaj's debut single, but the first single for her debut album was 'Your Love', which peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Hot 100 list. Minaj officially announced that her debut album was entitled 'Pink Friday' soon after, and the album was set for release in November 2010. A month beforehand, Minaj became the first female rapper to have seven songs in the Billboard 200 list.

'Pink Friday' was released on 19th November 2010, debuting at the number two spot on Billboard's 200 list, before later making it to the number one spot. Minaj used the name of her alter-ego, Roman Zolanski, in her second studio album. 'The Pink Print: Roman Reloaded', was released on 2nd April 2012 and debuted at the number one spot on Billboard's 200.

The album divided critics, receiving only moderate reviews, mainly due to the mix of rap and dance-pop. Minaj announced that for her 2014 third album, she would focus entirely on rap, and leave the pop out of it. On 12th December 2014, Nicki Minaj released 'The Pinkprint', which once again debuted at the number two spot on Billboard's 200.

The album received generally positive reviews, with many critics stating that it was Minaj's best album. Other critics cited the more vulnerable portions of the album as a tremendous let-down. Minaj then revealed that she planned to begin a promotional tour in support of the album in March 2015.

Personal Life: Nicki Minaj identifies herself as a Christian after her father attended rehab and became one himself. Minaj has also been cited as a supposed bisexual, however she has revealed that she does not wish to be labelled, and instead wants to make the hip-hop community more welcoming of non-heterosexual people.

In one of her songs, Minaj makes reference to an abortion she had at a young age, while in another, she references the death of her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was murdered in Brooklyn in 2011.

Nicki Minaj Announces 2019 UK Dates For The NickiHndrxx Tour

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 13 June 2018

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She'll tour the nation in Spring next year with Future.

Nicki Minaj has announced the first set of UK and Ireland dates for her forthcoming co-headlining tour with Future. The pair will perform across the nation on their NickiHndrxx Tour from Spring next year, with tickets set to go on sale this week. Nicki also has two brand new songs from 'Queen'.

Image caption Nicki Minaj at the 2017 MTV VMAs

They'll kick off the UK dates on March 11th 2019 at London's O2 Arena, and will go on to play at the Birmingham Arena, Dublin's 3Arena, Glasgow's SSE Hydro and finally Manchester Arena on March 18th in between a handful of other European dates.

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Eminem Wants A Date, Nicki Minaj Wants A Collab, We Want Both

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 29 May 2018

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The pair joke about dating following rumours.

It's almost impossible not to be a little bit fond of both Eminem and Nicki Minaj, and what makes that all the more sweet is that they are clearly fond of each other. Eminem jokingly (we THINK) asked her out during his Boston Calling set over the weekend, and she knows what she wants for their first date.

Image caption Eminem at the Southpaw premiere

The rapper addressed rumours that the two of them were dating on stage on Sunday (May 27th 2018), after Nicki joked that she was when a fan asked her recently. Thus, Eminem decided to milk the idea for all that it's worth, and now he wants her to text him.

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Nicki Minaj Brings Us Her 'Queen' Album This Summer

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 08 May 2018

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Her first record in four years is finally coming.

Nicki Minaj has finally announced that she's about to drop her fourth studio album 'Queen' this summer, just three and a half weeks after launching two new songs. She revealed the big news at the 2018 Met Gala and fans on the internet are tearfully joyful about the prospect.

Image caption Nicki Minaj at the MTV VMAs

The 35-year-old rapper turned heads in a red ombre Oscar de la Renta gown at the Costume Institute Gala last night (May 7th 2018), but it was news of her forthcoming album that got everyone talking.

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Minaj A Trois: Nicki Minaj In Erotic Tryst With Herself For Magazine Shoot

By Holly Mosley in Fashion / Beauty on 15 November 2017

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The photoshoot aims to 'break the internet' once again.

Nicki Minaj is the subject of perhaps one of the most controversial magazine covers in recent years, as she appears three times in the same highly sexualised image. It is perhaps going to be more iconic than even Kim Kardashian's cover on the same publication.

Image caption Nicki Minaj at the MTV VMAs

In an attempt to 'Break the Internet' once again, Paper Magazine enlisted Queen of Hip Hop Nicki Minaj to indulge in their new 16-page editorial entitled 'Minaj à Trois'. Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth - who specialises in 'erotic femininity' - the photos feature Nicki in intimate clinches with herself.

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Nicki Minaj's Brother Convicted Of Child Sexual Assault

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 November 2017

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Jelani Maraj will be sentenced next month, and faces at least 25 years behind bars.

Nicki Minaj’s older brother Jelani Maraj has been convicted of predatory sexual assault of a child younger than 13 years old, it has been confirmed.

Maraj had consistently denied the allegations, but a jury convicted him of endangering the welfare of a child and of predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13 at a court in Nassau County, New York, the DA’s spokesperson Brendon Brosh told People magazine.

He was arrested in connection with the case back in December 2015. In the trial, which lasted for over a month before coming to a conclusion on Thursday (November 10th), Maraj argued that the allegations were fabricated as part of an extortion attempt to get $25 million from his famous sister.

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Why Nicki Minaj Will Remain The Queen Of Rap For A Long Time To Come

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 13 October 2017

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The rapper maintains that she brought female rappers to the forefront again.

While hip hop is still very much a male dominated industry, you can't deny that the male rappers' female counterparts are breaking new ground in the genre. Nicki Minaj credits herself with pushing women to the forefront in the rap game, despite the fact that it's Cardi B who has been reigning on the charts most recently.

Image caption Nicki Minaj at the 2017 MTV VMAs
Image caption Nicki Minaj snapped at the Met Gala