Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Hometown: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
Occupation: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Model, Actress
Residence: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Nicki Minaj is an American Rapper, singer, songwriter, model and an actress. She was born on December 9, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad, and Tobago. Her father Robert Maraj is a financial executive and a part-time gospel singer and her mother Carol Maraj is also a gospel singer and also worked in the payroll and accounting department. She has four siblings, two brothers named Micaiah Maraj and Jelani Maraj and one sister named Ming Maraj.
During Nicki’s childhood, her father had an addiction to alcohol and drug due to which he had a very violent temper. At the age of 5, her father burned down their house in December 1987. So, as a child, she and one of her sibling used to live with their grandmother in Saint James. Later, she along with her mother moved to Queens, New York as her mother had been accepted at the Monroe College. In an interview, Nicki recalled her childhood saying “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.”
Later, Nicki was accepted at the LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, New York. The school mostly focused on visual and performing arts. After she graduated from there, she decided that she wanted to pursue her career in acting. During her struggling time, she used to work as a waitress at a Red Lobster in the Bronz. However, later she was fired from her job for rudeness to customer and said that she had been fired from at least 15 jobs for her rudeness. Later, she also worked as an office manager for a Wall Street business and an administrative assistant in customer service.
Career and Net Worth
In 2004, 22-year-old Nicki was signed by the Brooklyn group called the Full Force. After that, she was kept in a group of 4 called “The Hoodstars” which included Lou$tar, Scaff Breezy, and 7even Up. The group first recorded the entrance song for the WWE Diva Victoria which was titled “Don’t’ Mess With”. However, soon Nicki left the group to pursue a solo career as a rapper. Later, she uploaded her songs on her Myspace account and sent it to several people who are in the music industry. In 2007, she was signed by the CEO of the Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment, Fendi. The contract was 180 days long. In the beginning, Nicki adopted the named Nicki Maraj as her stage name but later she changed it to Nicki Minaj.
On July 5, 2007, Nicki released her first solo mixtape titled “Playtime is Over”. The following year, she released her second mixtape titled “Sucka Free”. In the same year, she won the title of Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards. Later, on April 18, 2009, Nicki released her third mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” which received mostly positive reviews and was also covered by Bet and MTV. In the same year, she caught the attention of the rapper Lil Wayne who later signed her with his Young Money Entertainment. Later, she appeared in the remix “5 Star Bitch” by Yo, Gotti, “BedRoc” and “Roger That”. The latter two were from the compilation album titled “We Are Young Money” which was released on 2009 and reached number nine on the US Billboards 200. The album was later certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
On March 29, 2010, Nicki released the lead single “Massive Attack” from her debut studio album. However, later the song “You Love” was released as the lead single of the debut album in June. After two months, it was announced that the debut album was entitled “Pink Friday”. Following the announcement, Nicki released two more songs titled “Check It Out” and “Right Thru Me”. All of her songs reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts simultaneously making her the first artist to do so. In the same year, Nicki was nominated for her first Grammy Award for her feature on the song “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris. Later, on November 19, 2010, Nicki released her debut album “Pink Friday” which reached number 2 on the Billboards 200 chart. Eventually, the album was certified platinum by RIAA and reached number one in the USA. The following year, Nicki released another single from the album “Super Bass” which was a huge commercial success. Nicki also credited the initial exposure of the song to Taylor Swift as the video where Taylor and Selena rapped along the song went viral.
In 2011, Nicki alongside Kesha was featured in the song “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears. She also one of the opening acts of Spears’s headlining tour “Femme Fatale Tour”. Later, she was nominated for three Grammy awards including the Best Rao Album and Best New Artist. In 2012, Nicki released her second studio album titled “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. In the same year, Nicki along with rapper M.I.A collaborated with Madonna to perform “Give Me All Your Luvin” at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show. Later, Nicki performed her song “Roman Holiday” at the Grammy Awards making her the first solo artist to do so. The song “Starships” was released as the lead single of her alum “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. The album became the fifth best-selling singles of 2012 and one of the best-selling singles of all time. The album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Also, in 2012, Nicki started her first headlining tour “Pink Friday Tour” and “Pink Friday: Reloaded tour”. In the same year, Nicki did the voice-over of the character Steffie in the movie “Ice Age: Continental Drift”. She also won the title of Best Female Video for “Starship” at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Nicki has also appeared in movies such as “The Other Woman” in 2014 and “Barbershop: The Next Cut” in 2016. On December 15, 2014, Nicki released her third album “The Pinkprint”. The movie featured the song “Anaconda” which became her largest hit to date.
According to Celebrity Net worth, Nicki Minaj’s total net worth is estimated to be 75 million dollars. Currently, she lives in a luxury home in Malibu, California which is estimated to be worth 11.8 million dollars. The house has a large swimming pool, five garages, custom millwork and 6 stone fireplaces. She also owns a number of luxury cars such as Lamborghini Gallardo worth 200,000 dollars, Bentley Continental GT also worth 200,000 dollars and a Lamborghini Aventador worth 393,695.
Back in 2002, Nicki used to date Safaree Samuels who is an American Producer. The two dated for 6 long years and then Nicki was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her ring finger which lead many fans to speculate that the two had been engaged. However, the pair called off their engagement in 2014. The two had a pretty bad break up as the reports say that the two got into an argument which leads Nicki to grab a baseball bat and chase him out of her house. She also smashed the windows of his Mercedes Benz and threw all his clothes int clothes garbage. Even cops were called who took away Safaree from her home. However, Nicki was not arrested as the car actually belonged to her and it is legal to destroy own property.
In 2010, there were rumors of Drake and Nicki dating as the two went on tour together. The two also never confirmed the rumors, however, in an interview, Drake said “I love Nicki Minaj. I told her I’d admit it. I hope one day we get married just to say we f—ing did it. And girl, I’m f—ing serious. I’m with it if you with it. ‘Cause your verses turn me on and your pants are mighty fitted.”
In 2014, Nicki started dating Meek Mill who is also an American rapper. The two first started talking public in 2009 through Tweeter. After a year, Meek expressed her feeling openly in Tweeter even though Nicki was taken. He also expressed his love towards Nicki in his song “Miss Me”. Later, in 2013, the two started to be seen on each other’s Instagram pictures most often. After Nicki split up with Safaree, the rumors spread of Nicki and Meek starting to date. However, Nicki denied the rumors saying “Let me clear this up: I am SINGLE. People are just assuming these things and I don’t know why. This is my friend. I’m just hanging out. We don’t look at each other like that at all!” Later, the picture of the two started to seem more like dates. Later, in an interview with Vogue, Nicki said “Sometimes we hang out, and when we hang out, we have fun. [laughs] This is what I want to say about him: People think for some strange reason that we just started becoming friends recently. We’ve been friends for a very, very long time, and he’s been around for a lot of things that I’ve gone through. And that’s all I’ll say about that.” Later, in 2015, the two finally confirmed that the two were dating. However, in 2016, the two broke up after dating 1 year secretly and 1 year in public.
In 2017, Nicki briefly dated the American Rapper Future. The two were seen hanging together and getting cozy. However, just after 3 months, the reports said that the two has decided to split up. Later, Nicki started dating Nas who is also an American Rapper. The two were spotted on multiple dates, kissing and holding hands. However, the two recently separated in 2018.