Nicki Minaj BiographyNicki Minaj who is well known for her curves, crazy outfits, and bright images is currently the richest female rapper in the history of the genre (in 2018, her fortune was estimated at $70 million) and she’s also a star of social networks. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, she made it to the top of the music industry in the USA and she’s been there for several years in a row now. It would be difficult to find a rapper fan who has never heard Nicki Minaj’s "Super Bass", "Starships", "Anaconda" or "Chun-Li".
ChildhoodOnika Tanya Maraj (it’s a Nicki Minaj’s real name) was born on December 8, 1982, in the capital of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. Her parents, Robert and Carol Maraj have African and Indian ancestry.
Beginning of the careerIn 2004, Nicki Minaj joined the rap group “The Hoodstars” that is now remembered for their song for WWE wrestlers. However, the long-awaited glory never came, so Minaj soon left the group and decided to become a solo artist. She uploaded several demos on MySpace and sent them out to some influential people in the music industry. Representatives of the Dirty Money Entertainment label responded to her message and offered cooperation. That’s when the stage name Nicki Minaj was adopted.
Career SuccessIn November 2010, Minaj released her first studio album Pink Friday. The album became a tremendous success, and Minaj became the first female artist to have 7 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. Besides, 2 singles, “Your Love” and “Super Bass”, peaked on many music charts in the USA. At the same time, Nicki Minaj made her first small promotional tour around big US cities, and, as a personal initiative, she visited her home town, Saint James, with a concert.
Nicki Minaj’s Personal LifeThe rapper tries to keep her personal life private. For a long time, there have been rumors of her bisexuality. And now we know that she had an abortion when she was 16, as she tells about it in her songs “Autobiography” and “All Things Go”.
Nicki Minaj has dated Safaree Samuels from 2008 to 2014. We can learn quite a lot about their relationship from many of the songs in The Pinkprint; “Bed of Lies” is one of those songs. Safaree Samuels himself said the following: “I packed up my stuff and I left. I just got to the point that the respect wasn’t there.”
From 2015 to 2017 Minaj dated rapper Meek Mill, who is 5 years younger than her. Shortly after they started dating, he proposed to her but later they broke up. According to the media, the guy was not ready for the family life; moreover, he had serious issues with the law.
In 2018, Nicki Minaj began dating a friend of her childhood, 41-year-old Kenneth Petty. After a year of romance, the lovers got married.