Onika “Nicki Minaj” Tanya Maraj born on the 8th of December 1982 is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She was born in Trinidad but raised in Queens, New York City, New York.
Before she got signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009, she released mixtapes such as Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009) which got people’s eyes and ears stuck on her sound.
Nicki Minaj has achieved tremendous success in her career and has been blessed with awards including 6 American Music Awards, 11 BET Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award, and 10 Grammy Award nominations.
She is the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously on the Billboard 100 chart.
Nicki Minaj’s networth as of 2018 is $75 Million dollars. She is one of the most influential female rappers of all time and has played a key role in influencing other female artists. Nicki Minaj is sort of a perfectionist and unlike most artists who release albums every year, she keeps a gap between her albums to ensure they come out with a bang.
List of Nicki Minaj’s Albums;
- Pink Friday (2010)
- Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
- The Pinkprint (2014)
- Queen (2018)
Nicki Minaj’s Net Worth, Life & Quotes
Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Little Minaj lived with her Grandmother in Trinidad before her mother moved the whole family to NewYork to attend Monroe College.
Her father was an alcoholic and had other drugs issues, he even burnt down their house in December 1987 due to his hot temperedness. Nicki Minaj has always had love for theater, after graduating from LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, New York, she got a role to play in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001.
Growing up with a drug addict of a father with history of violence, Nicki always wanted to do better for her mother! She can be quoted saying “because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn’t be. I thought, ‘If I’m successful, I can change her life.”. Growing up, she invented different personas such as “Cookie”, “Harajuku Barbie” before she finally settled with Nicki Minaj with the sole aim of being able to re-invent herself, this can be heard in her music.
Nicki Minaj had a hard time keeping jobs. She was fired about 15 times for reasons related to discourtesy to customers. and actually worked as a waitress at a Red Lobster in the Bronx.
Nicki Minaj’s Career.
Nicki started making music way back in 2004 and her mixtapes opened doors for her to get signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment.
She signed with Brooklyn group Full Force for less than a year, and her 4 people group was called “The Hood$tars” which had her ex boyfriend Safaree as a member. When she left the label, she decided to upload her songs to her Myspace account and send the links to people in the music industry. Dirty Money CEO Fendi came accross her Myspace, listened, liked what he heard and signed her to his label Dirty Money Entertainment for a 180-day contract.
Her contract with Dirty Money Entertainment led her to meeting Lil Wayne. He featured on her mixtapes Playtime is Over, Sucka Free and Beam Me Up Scotty before later signing her to Young Money Entertainment in 2009. Her track “I Get Crazy” (from the Beam Me Up Scotty album) reached number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 37 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
In 2010, she released her first album “Pink Friday” under Young Money Entertainment. The album debuted number-two on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 375,000 copies. Pink Friday got her nominated for three(3) Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.
After the success of her first album, Nicki went back to the kitchen to cook some new bangers for her second studio album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’. One of the first singles off the album was “Starships”, the song reached number-five on the Billboard Hot 100, and went on to become the fifth best-selling single of 2012.
She released other singles and when the album was released, it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 253,000 copies.
In between releasing top charting music, Nicki ensured she still tapped into her childhood love for acting, she recorded the voice of mammoth Steffie in 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, made her movie debut on The Other Woman, she also received a Teens Choice Award 2016 nomination for her role in Barbershop: The Next Cut.
Before she released her third studio album Pink Print, she released lead single “Pills n Portions” and second single “Anaconda” which peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. Pink Print was released in December 2014 and reached number two on the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 244,000 overall units.
In August 2018, about 4 years after releasing her last album. Nicki Minaj released her album titled “Queen”. Her lead single “Chun-Li” was certified platinum by the RIAA and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Before the release of her album, she featured on Tekashi 6ix9ine “Fefe” which peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Nicki’s feature on “Fefe” marked her highest bow on the Hot 100 chart as a featured artist.
Today, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is $75 million.
Nicki Minaj’s Media Section
Nicki Minaj’s Chun-Li Video
Inspiring Quotes from Nicki Minaj.
“You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition”. – Nicki Minaj
“People will love and support you when it’s beneficial.” – Nicki Minaj
“True confidence leaves no room for jealousy. When you know you are great, you have no need to hate.” – Nicki Minaj
“Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel” – Nicki Minaj
“I don’t agree that everyone should agree with everyone’s lifestyle. I think that some people aren’t going to agree, but I think that when you’re mean and when you ridicule people it’s a sign of your own insecurities.” – Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is one of the most influentual female rappers of all time, with a current net worth of $75 million, this figure is going to go up before the end of 2018 with her newly released album “Queen”, endorsement deals with brands like Mercedez Benz and her new show on Beats 1 “Queen Radio”.
Shine on Queen!