Early Life and Career of Nicki Minaj

Onika Tanya Maraj, popularly known as Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad, and Tobago. Her parents are of African and Indian descent. 

When she was five years old, her family emigrated to the Queens borough of New York City. As a child, she was exposed to a lot of music and began writing her own songs at the age of nineteen.

Story of Nicki Minaj

Minaj’s musical career began when she met rapper Lil Wayne in June 2008. She gave him a demo tape of her singing over some of his instrumentals. A few months later, she was signed to his record label Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown Records. 

Her debut album “Pink Friday” was released in 2010 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The album received mixed reviews but was a commercial success. It was eventually certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 

In 2012, Minaj released her second album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and received mixed reviews from critics. However, it was a commercial success and was eventually certified double platinum by the RIAA. 

Minaj has also appeared as a judge on American Idol (2013) and The Voice (2016). She has also starred in movies such as “Barbershop: The Next Cut” (2016) and “The Other Woman” (2014).


Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She first came to prominence with her 2010 debut album “Pink Friday” which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. 

She has since released two more albums; “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” (2012) and “The Pinkprint” (2014). All three albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. 

Throughout her career, Minaj has won multiple awards including six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards.

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