Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, famously known as Nicki Minaj is an American who is a popular rapper, actress, songwriter, singer, and model. She is very famous for her mixtapes ‘Sucka Free’, ‘Playtime is Over’, and ‘Beam Me Up, Scotty’, released in the years 2008, 2207, and 2009 respectively.
She has also done various TV commercials and music videos and also is has also endorsed many brands. She has composed a few music albums, and her fan’s following is increasing day by day. She usually works on the genres Hip Hop, R&B, pop music & dance and she plays the vocals too.
Nicki Minaj Wiki/Biography
Born on 08 December 1982, Nicki Minaj’s age is 38 years as of 2021. She was born in a well-settled family from Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, a country in the Caribbean. After 5 years of her birth, she moved to Queens, Borough, New York City, the US along with her mother.
She completed her schooling at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts that majorly focuses on Performing Arts, New York City, US. She never went for higher education. From the very youth, she was good with acting and singing and desired to become an actress.
|Full Name||Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty|
|Date of Birth||08 December 1982|
|Birth Place||Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean|
|Profession||Rapper, Actress, Songwriter, Singer and Model|
|Hometown||Queens, Borough, New York City|
|School||Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York City, US|
|Education Qualification||High School|
|Net Worth||$100 Million|
Family, Boyfriend & Relationships
Nicki Minaj belongs to a well-settled family from Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, a country in the Caribbean. She is known to hold an American nationality and has her belief in the Christianity religion. She is a little into charity as well.
Her mother’s name is Carol Maraj who is a Gospel Singer with Trinidadian ancestry. During Nicki’s youth, she worked in the payroll and accounting departments while her father’s name is Robert Maraj who is a Financial executive and a part-time Gospel Singer and he is a Dougla i.e. ‘Afro-Trinidadian mother and Indo-Trinidadian father descent’.
She has 4 siblings, two elder and two younger than her. Her elder brother Jelani Maraj is in jail for predatory sexual assault, her older half-sister from her father’s side is Maya Maraj, her younger brother Micaiah Maraj, a social media personality, and her identical twin younger sister Ming Maraj.
Nicki Minaj’s marital status is married. She is married to Kenneth Perry, her High School sweetheart. Kenneth had a criminal history and had to go to jail several times, but Nicky always defended him. The couple got married on 21st October 2019 in a very secretly private ceremony. They have a son together nicknamed Papa Bear born on 30th September 2000.
Before marrying Kenneth Perry, Nicki also dated Safaree Samuels who is an American Jamaican rapper, Drake who is a Rapper, Meek Mill who is an American singer & songwriter & activist, Nas who is an American rapper, and Eminem who is an American rapper.
|Father Name||Robert Maraj|
|Mother Name||Carol Maraj|
|Brother Name||Jelani Maraj and Micaiah Maraj|
|Sister Name||Maya Maraj and Ming Maraj|
|Boyfriend||Kenneth Perry, Safaree Samuels, Drake, Meek Mill, Nas and Eminem|
|Husband Name||Kenneth Perry|
Nicki Minaj is a beautiful and very hot actress, singer, model in the American film and television, and music industry. She is very famous for her sassy and charming mesmerizing personality. She looks adorable and owns very nice body measurements.
She owns a very hot figure with her figure measurements measuring 40-30-45 inches approximately. She is 5 feet and 2 inches in height and her body weight is around 62 Kg. She has shiny and long black hair and also very attractive dark brown colored eyes.
Nicki Minaj started her career as an actress in the American industry. She started her career in 2004 and rapped in a quartet called ‘The Hood stars’ with Lou$tar, 7 even up and Safaree Samuels with the group ‘Full Force’ from Brooklyn. Later they worked on the song ‘’Don’t Mess With’’ and after that Nicki left the group.
In 2007, the CEO of the Brooklyn Label ‘Dirty Money Entertainment’, Fendi signed her to his label under a 180-day contract. From July 2007 to April 2009, she released 3 mixtapes with the names ‘Playtime is Over’, ‘Sucka Free’, and ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’, respectively. Later on, one of her tracks ‘I Get Crazy’ was very well appreciated.
In August 2009, she signed a recording contract with ‘Young One Entertainment’. Later in November 2009, for the remix ‘5 Star Bitch’ by Yo Gotti, she appeared with Trina and Gucci Mane. She later appeared on the compilation album ‘We Are Young money’ and the songs ‘Roger That’, and ‘Bed Rock’, which ranked high on charts. She also featured in a single ‘Shakin it for Daddy’.
On 29 March 2010, she released her lead single ‘Massive Attack’ which was dropped from the album due to poor commercial performance but her next single ‘Yours Love’ peaked number 14 on Billboard Hot 100 and Number 1 on Billboard Rap songs chart. In September 2010, as follow-up singles, she released ‘Right Thru Me’ and ‘Check It Out’.
In 2010, she became the first female rap artist to perform at the Yankee Stadium and also the 1st woman to appear on MTV’s annual Hottest MC List. Also, she was the 1st female solo artist to have 7 songs on Billboard Hot 100. Later in 2010, she was featured on ‘Monster’ by Kanye West for which she got a lot of appreciation from the critics. In the same year for her song ‘My Chick Bad’ she received her 1st Grammy Awards Nomination.
On 19 November 2010, ‘Pink Friday’ was released which debuted Number 2 on Billboard 200 with very high sales. In February 2011, this reached Number 1. This album was also certified Platinum in the US. On 7 December 2010, her 4th single ‘Moment 4 Life’ and her 5th single ‘Super Bass’ was released in April 2011 which was a sleeper hit and a commercial success as well. It Peaked Number 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Octuple Platinum in the US.
In the 2011 Femme Fatale Tour, she was one of the opening acts on Britney Spears. Later, she along with Kesha appeared in ‘Till The World Ends’, a remix of Spears which peaked Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, she was invited to perform with the Prince by Donatella Versace and performed ‘Super Bass’ at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show.
In February 2012, ‘Starships’ was released as the lead single of Nicki’s 2nd album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ which reached Number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 5th bestselling single of 2012 and also one of the best selling singles of all times.
The album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ was released with the follow-up singles ‘Beez in the Trap’, ‘Right By My Side’ and with the promotional singles ‘Roman in Moscow’ and ‘Stupid Here’. The album debuted Number 1 on billboard 200 with huge sales and in June 2012, certified platinum by RIAA. However, it was criticized by a few music critics.
On 12 February 2012, she was the 1st female solo rapper to perform at Grammy Awards with ‘Roman Holiday’. Her exorcism theme performance was controversial. In March 2012, she voiced ‘Steffie’ in the animated film ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’. Later she collaborated with Pearl Future for the song ‘Looking At Me’ which ranked Top 20 on BBC Radio 1.
On 19 November 2012, an expanded version of her album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ was released. The same month she was the subject of a 3 part E! documentary titled ‘Nicky Minaj: The truth’. She also joined the judge’s panel of American Idol in September. This year was great for her and she ranked high on the charts. She was also Forbes Hip Hop Cash King ranking 4th in 2013 and earned about $29 Million.
In Spring 2013, she filmed her 1st live-action theatrical film ‘The Other Woman’. In May 2014, her single from the album ‘The Pinkprint’ titled ‘Pills n Potions’ was released. Later her song ‘Anaconda’ in August was released peaking Number 2 on Billboard Hot 100 and her highest-charting single in the US to date. It broke a lot of records but also called for controversy.
On 15 December 2014, ‘The PinkPrint’ was officially released and debuted Number 2 on the US Billboard 200 with huge sales receiving positive comments from the critics. On 15 April 2016, her film ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ was released in which her role was highly appreciated and gained her a few awards as well.
In February 2017, she featured in the single ‘Swalla’ on Jason Derulo which topped in many countries and platforms. Later she also signed with ‘Wilhelmina Models’. In March 2017, her singles were released titled ‘Changed It’, ‘No Frauds’, and ‘Regret in Your Tears’ which broke the records for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by any female artist.
She opened the 2007 Billboard Music Awards with a medley performance. Later in 2017, she featured in many songs including ‘MotorSport’, ‘Rake It Up’, and ‘Swish Swish’ which all were ranked high. On 12 April 2018, the lead single ‘Chun-Li’ of her 4th album ‘Queen’ was released which peaked Number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Barbie Tingz’ was also released alongside this but this one was not really successful.
On 11 June 2018, ‘Rich Sex’ a promotional single featuring Lil Wayne, an American rapper was released. Later, the 2nd single ‘Bed’ featuring Ariana Grande was released. On 19 May 2018, Nicki’s performance ‘Poke It Out’ and ‘Chun-Li’ alongside the rapper Playboi was seen on the 43rd season of ‘Saturday Night Live’. She also performed ‘Rich Sex’ and ‘Chun-Li’ at the 2018 BET Awards.
To date, Nicki has been in a lot of controversies. Some of the major ones that came to light are here. In November 2014, her 3rd single ‘Only’ was released with the video containing Nazi-style imagery which was protested by the ‘Anti-defamation league’.
In August 2011, during a live performance on ‘Good Morning America’, she experienced a ‘nip slip’ and was criticized for wearing a low cut short shirt during a live performance telecast exposing off her breasts. She later apologized for it and denied the fact that this was a publicity stunt. This was also protested by the ‘Parents Television Council’.
Her performance at the Grammy Awards in February 2012 premiering ‘Roman Holiday’ involved the exorcism theme. This was controversial with the ‘American Catholic League’. Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League called her performance ‘vulgar’.
In 2010, Remy Ma said the lyrics of the song ‘Dirty Money’ by Nicki is about her. Soon they started releasing songs with lyrics aiming at each other.
Lil Kim accused Nicki of copying her image. She said ‘If you are going to steal my swag, you gonna have to pay’.
During the 2018 New York Fashion Week, in an after-party hosted by Harper’s Bazaar, Cardi B threw her high heels on Nicki and tried to physically fight with her. This disappointed both of their fans.
In the year 2015, the famous pop star Taylor Swift wasn’t nominated for the MTV, VMA for Best Video and hence she sent an emotionally wounded retort to Nicki. Nicki was offended as she believed Taylor must be angry on the Award deciders and not her.
Since 2014, when Miley Cyrus created an ‘Anaconda’ meme and made it her Twitter Avatar, things were not very great between Nicki and Miley. When Nicky got the Best Hip-Hop video VMA she snapped at Miley saying ‘Back to the bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press, Miley, What’s good?’. Earlier they also didn’t seem friendly when they both were the judges for American Idol.
Nicki Minaj has received a lot of awards in her career. In total, she has received 167 awards and a total of 478 nominations.
Some of the most important awards bagged by Nicki include 8 American Music Awards, 12 BET Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 1 Brit Awards, 1 Guinness World Records, 5 MTV Kids Music Awards, and 1 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. She has also bagged 10 Grammy Award nominations.
As of 2021, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is approximately $100 million. Nicki Minaj earns basically through her endorsements, her deals with different record companies, her shows, and acting and collaborations.
Facts and Information
Nicki’s father had a violent temper. He was addicted to alcohol and drugs and even in December 1987, he burned down their house.
In an interview, she claimed that when she was struggling with her acting career, as a waitress she worked in the ‘Red Lobsters’ in the Bronx and was fired for discourtesy to customers and from at least 15 jobs for similar reasons.
When she rose to fame, some people criticized her crossover into pop music and she was also sued in September 2013 by Chicago-based artist Clive Janaka for alleged copyright infringement.
In 2015, a wax figure of Nicki was depicted by Madame Tussauds with the pose from the ‘Anaconda’ music video with her bent down on her hands and knees was criticized by many.
Nicki Minaj’s brother Jelani Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault in November 2017, charged with raping an 11-year old girl numerous times over 8 months at Maraj’s home.
Nicky Minaj got pregnant when she was dating her first love, a guy from queens while attending High School. She had to abort the child as she was not ready.