Nicki Minaj Will Make Your Heart Beat Like A Drum

Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born American recording artist. Nicki Minaj is poised to become not only one of the biggest female rappers of all time, but one of the biggest rappers of her time.

Nicki was born in 1982 in Saint James, a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city Port of Spain. Her parents were of mixed Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry and she lived in Saint James with her grandmother until age five. She graduated from LaGuardia High School. At LaGuardia, a school specializing in music and the visual and performing arts, Nicki participated in the drama program. She had initially planned to sing at LaGuardia, but lost her voice on the day of the audition.

When Nicki Minaj graduated high school, the aspiring rapper took a job at Red Lobster and bought herself some studio time, blasting her own songs. Brooklyn rapper Fendi took notice of Nicki and signed her to his underground label Dirty Money, where she would go on to rap on a DVD called The Come Up over The Notorious B.I.G’s “Warning.”

She is the first female rapper to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the first female rapper to make MTV News’ Hottest MCs in the Game list and the first female rapper to have a No. 1 song on the rap charts since 2003. She won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist at the 2010 BET Awards; the Rookie of the Year, People’s Champ and Made You Look awards at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards; and was nominated for best new artist at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nicki has risen to hip-hop’s upper echelon. With her slew of mixtapes, and cameos on songs by everyone from Ludcaris to Christina Aguilera, Nicki has set the standard for female rappers, and has the music world salivating over the release of her upcoming debut Pink Friday. In her verse on Kanye West’s track “Monster” Nicki Minaj boasts that she makes “50k for a verse no album out.

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  1. Steve says:

    Umm Nicki already released her Debut album “Pink Friday” last year she’s releasing her SECOND album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” in February.

  2. NICKI MINAJ says: