Biography ,works and achievement of nicki minaj
Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty born December 8, 1982 , better known as Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in Saint James and raised in the Queens borough of New York City , she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).
Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James Her father, Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, is of Dougla (Afro-Trinidadian mother and Indo-Trinidadian father) 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 an elder brother named Jelani, an older sister named Maya, a younger brother named Micaiah, and a younger sister named Ming.
As a small child, Minaj and a sibling lived with her grandmother in Saint James. Her mother, who had moved to The Bronx in New York City to attend Monroe College , brought the family to Queens when Minaj was five. By then, the family had a house on 147th Street. Minaj recalled, “I don’t think I had a lot of discipline in my household. My mom motivated me, but it wasn’t a strict household. I kind of wanted a strict household.” Minaj successfully auditioned for admission to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts , which focuses on visual and performing arts . After graduation, Minaj wanted to become an actress, and she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. At the age of 19, as she struggled with her acting career, she worked as a waitress at a Red Lobster in the Bronx, but was fired for discourtesy to customers. She said she was fired from “at least 15 jobs” for similar reasons.
Minaj briefly signed with Brooklyn group Full Force , in which she rapped in a quartet called The Hoodstars composed of Lou$tar , Safaree Samuels and 7even Up. In 2004, the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva Victoria , “Don’t Mess With”, which was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6 . Minaj later left Full Force and uploaded songs on her Myspace profile, sending several of her songs to people in the music industry. At the time, she was managed by Debra Antney. Later, Fendi, CEO of Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment, signed Minaj to his label in 2007 under a 180-day contract. Originally adopting the stage name Nicki Maraj, she eventually changed it to Nicki Minaj stating that “my real name is Maraj. Fendi flipped it when he met me because I had such a nasty flow. Minaj released her first mixtape, Playtime Is Over , on July 5, 2007, and her second, Sucka Free , on April 12, 2008. That year, she was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards. She released her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty , on April 18, 2009; it received favorable coverage on BET and MTV. One of its tracks, “I Get Crazy”, reached No. 20 on the U.S.
Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and No. 37 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After Minaj was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, in August 2009 it was reported that she signed a recording contract with his Young Money Entertainment. That November, she appeared with Gucci Mane and Trina on the remix of “5 Star Bitch” by Yo Gotti . Minaj also appeared on “BedRock ” and “Roger That ” on the compilation album , We Are Young Money (2009). The singles peaked at numbers two and 56, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 ; their parent album reached number-nine on the U.S. Billboard 200 , and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At Jay-Z ‘s suggestion, Robin Thicke featured Minaj on his single “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy”. On March 29, 2010 Minaj released “Massive Attack “. Intended as the lead single from her forthcoming debut album, Pink Friday , the song was dropped from the album due to poor commercial performance and the next single, “Your Love “, released on June 1, became the album’s lead single, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. In September, Minaj released “Check It Out” and ” Right Thru Me” as follow-up singles. She also became the first female rap artist to ever perform at Yankee Stadium in 2010. In October, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously and the first woman to appear on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List . In 2010, Minaj received her first Grammy Award nomination for her guest verse on Ludacris ‘ song “My Chick Bad”.
Pink Friday was released on November 19, 2010, debuting at number-two on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 375,000 copies. Upon release, the album received generally positive reviews from critics. Sam Wolfson of NME complimented Minaj’s “pop sensibility” and found her “volatility and quirks … reminiscent of heyday Lil Wayne. The album was certified platinum in December, and eventually reached number-one in the United States in February 2011. Minaj was one of the opening acts on Britney Spears ‘ 2011 Femme Fatale Tour . She and Kesha appeared on the remix of Spears’ ” Till the World Ends “, which peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100. On August 7, 2011, Nicki experienced a ” nip slip” during a live performance on Good Morning America . ” Starships ” was released in February 2012 as the lead single from Minaj’s forthcoming second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded .The song reached number-five on the Billboard Hot 100, and went on to become the fifth best-selling single of 2012 and one of the best-selling singles of all time .Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was eventually released on April 2, 2012, two months later than planned. The album was preceded by the promotional singles “Roman in Moscow ” and “Stupid Hoe “. The album debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 253,000 copies, and was certified platinum by the RIAA in June 2012. Minaj and rapper M.I.A. joined Madonna to perform the single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’ “, during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 6, 2012. Minaj was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards , premiering ” Roman Holiday ” during the 2012 ceremony on February 12. In September, Minaj joined the judges’ panel for the twelfth season of American Idol with Mariah Carey , Keith Urban , and Randy Jackson. In 2012, Minaj was a big contributor in help with raising $250 million for an AIDS campaign. ” Pills n Potions ” was released as the lead single from The Pinkprint in May 2014. ” Anaconda” was released in August as the second single, peaking at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. The music video for “Anaconda” attracted significant controversy and went viral upon release online; it set a 24-hour Vevo record, accumulating 19.6 million views on its first day of release, breaking the record previously held by Miley Cyrus for ” Wrecking Ball “. In December of that year, Minaj received two Grammy Award nominations, for Best Rap Song (“Anaconda”) and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (” Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.
In May 2015, it was announced that Minaj would feature in the third installment of the Barbershop film series, alongside Ice Cube , Cedric the Entertainer , Eve, and other original cast members. Titled Barbershop: The Next Cut , the film was released on April 15, 2016, and received critical acclaim, earning an average score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes ; the site’s critical consensus reads, “Heartfelt, thought-provoking, and above all funny, In February 2017, Minaj was featured on Jason Derulo’s single ” Swalla “, which reached the top ten in several countries, including a peak of No. 6 in the UK singles chart. The following month, Minaj signed with the major modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models . Throughout the remainder of 2017, Minaj performed guest verses on several singles, including Migos ‘ ” MotorSport ” and Yo Gotti ‘s ” Rake It Up “, both of which peaked inside the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, at numbers six and eight, respectively. She also featured on Katy Perry ‘s ” Swish Swish “, which peaked at 46 on the chart and was certified platinum in the US and Canada.
On August 1, 2018, Minaj pushed back Queen once again, to August 17, 2018. Minaj ultimately released Queen on August 10, 2018, a week ahead of schedule. The day before the release of the album, Minaj launched her own Beats 1 radio show, Queen Radio .Queen debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 with 185,000 album-equivalent units , of which 78,000 came from pure album sales. It also debuted at No. 5 in the UK and at No. 4 in Australia, marking the highest debut of Minaj’s career in the latter country. Upon debuting second on the Billboard 200, Minaj expressed frustration and criticized several people in a series of tweets, including Travis Scott, whose album Astroworld claimed the top spot for a second week in a row, blocking Queen from No. 1. In June 2019, Minaj released her first solo song of 2019, titled ” Megatron “. In July, she provided information on her forthcoming fifth studio album, appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon stating “You’re the first to find out … of course there’s a new album.” She appeared on the song “Hot Girl Summer ” alongside Megan Thee Stallion in August 2019, which debuted and peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. On November 1, 2019, Minaj appeared on the Charlie’s Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on the song “Bad To You”, along with Ariana Grande and Normani . The song peaked at 51 in the UK. Jada Pinkett Smith is one of Minaj’s role models in her acting career. Minaj was inspired by R&B singer Monica , singing “Why I Love You So Much ” at every talent show she entered. While performing in Atlanta as part of her Pink Friday Tour , she called Monica one of her all-time greatest musical influences. Minaj has also cited Madonna, jay z, Enya , Lil Wayne, Eminem , Beyoncé, Kanye West , Trina and Drake as influences.
In her song “All Things Go “, Minaj revealed that she had an abortion as a teenager. Minaj has said that although it has “haunted” her, she stands by her decision. In July 2011, her cousin Nicholas Telemaque was murdered near his home in Brooklyn , an incident she references in her songs “All Things Go” and “Champion “. Early in her career, Minaj claimed to be bisexual . However, she eventually stated in a Rolling Stone interview that she only said that to get attention: “I think girls are sexy, but I’m not going to lie and say that I date girls.” In May 2020, she once again addressed her sexuality, stating in a verse on Doja Cat ‘s ” Say So ” remix, “Used to be bi, but now I’m just hetero.” The lyric was met with controversy from the LGBTQ+ community, with bisexual erasure cited as one of the problematic aspects of Minaj’s words. In late 2014, Minaj separated from her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels, whom she had dated since 2000. Several tracks on The Pinkprint are believed to have been inspired by the end of their relationship. Minaj began dating rapper Meek Mill in early 2015 In January 2017, she announced that she had ended their relationship. In December 2018, Minaj began dating her childhood friend Kenneth “Zoo” Petty and filed for a marriage license in August 2019. She announced that they had officially married on October 21. She hyphenated his last name to hers upon marriage, becoming Maraj-Petty. Her husband registered as sex offender in California in 2020, having been convicted of attempted rape in the first degree in 1995 in New York.