Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, better known as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, actress, singer-songwriter, model, and social media celebrity. As of 2023, Nicki Minaj has a net worth of $150 million. She is well-known for her mixtapes such as “Playtime is Over” (2007), “Sucka Free” (2008), and “Beam Me Up, Scotty” (2009).
Nicki Minaj has also done various TV commercials and music videos and has also endorsed many brands. She usually works on the genres Hip Hop, R&B, pop music & dance and has written several music albums. She also plays the vocals.
Nicki Minaj Biography
Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1982, and is 40 Years Old as of 2023. She was born in a well-established family in Saint James district of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. When she became five, she moved to Queens, Borough, New York City, US, along with her mother. She has American-Trinidadian nationality and has her belief in Christian religion.
Nicki Minaj completed her early education at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, New York, US. She never went for higher education and always wanted to become an actress and singer.
Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty
Nicki The Harujuku Barbie, Roman, Nicki Lewinski, and Nicki The Ninja
Date of Birth
8 December 1982
Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
Currently Live In
40 Years Old
American and Trinidadian
Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian
Rapper, Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Model, and Social Media Celebrity
Steffie in the Film “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012)
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York City, New York
Nicki Minaj’s parents are Mr. Robert Maraj and Mrs. Carol Maraj. By profession, her father is a financial executive and a part-time gospel singer, and her mother is a gospel singer with Trinidadian ancestry. When Nicki was young, her mother worked in the payroll and accounting departments.
Nicki Minaj has four siblings. She has an older brother, Jelani Maraj who is in jail for predatory sexual assault, and an older half-sister, Maya Maraj. Her younger brother, Micaiah Maraj is a social media personality, and her identical twin younger sister is Ming Maraj.
Husband and Children
Nicki Minaj’s marital status is married. Her husband’s name is Kenneth Petty who was her High School sweetheart.
Nicki always stood up for Kenneth despite his criminal past and repeated stints in jail. They got married on October 21, 2019, in a private and covert ceremony. They were blessed with a son on September 30, 2020, nicknamed Papa Bear.
Before her marriage, she dated Safaree Samuels, an American Jamaican rapper. Moreover, she also dated Drake, Meek Mill, Nas, and Eminem, all of whom are American rappers and singers.
Father: Robert Maraj Mother: Carol Maraj
Brothers: Jelani Maraj and Micaiah Maraj Sister: Ming Maraj Half-Sister: Maya Maraj
Son: Papa Bear (nickname) Daughter: –
Safaree SamuelsDrakeMeek MillNasEminem
Nicki Minaj is a beautiful and kind heart lady in the American film and music industry. She is very famous for her charming personality and good looks. She owns very nice body measurements measuring 40-30-45 inches approximately.
Nicki Minaj is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 62 kg. She has long and shiny black hair and attractive dark brown eyes.
5’ 2” (1.58 m, 158 cm)
62 kg (136 lbs)
Nicki Minaj started her career as an actress in the American industry in 2004 and rapped in a quartet, “The Hood stars”, with Lou$tar, 7even up, and Safaree Samuels with Brooklyn group “Full Force”. Nicki departed the group after their song “Don’t Mess With”.
In 2007, Fendi, the CEO of the Brooklyn Label “Dirty Money Entertainment”, signed her to his label under a contract of 180-days. Nicki released 3 mixtapes between July 2007 to April 2009, under the names “Playtime is Over”, “Sucka Free”, and “Beam Me Up Scotty”. Later, one of her songs “I Get Crazy” became quite well-liked.
After she was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, she signed a recording contract with “Young Money Entertainment” in August 2009. Later in November of that year, she appeared with Trina and Gucci Mane for the remix “5 Star Bitch” by Yo Gotti.
In early February 2010, Nicki Minaj made her debut on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with her performances on “Knockout” by Lil Wayne and “Up Out My Face” by Mariah Carey. Later, she was featured on the hit songs “BedRock” and “Roger That” from the compilation album “We Are Young Money”. She was also a part of the song “Shakin’ it 4 Daddy” by Robin Thicke.
In March 2010, she released her lead single “Massive Attack” from her forthcoming debut album, Pink Friday, but it wasn’t included on the album because of its poor commercial performance. Later her next single, “Your Love”, became the lead single that peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. In September 2010, she released two singles, “Right Thru Me” and “Check It Out”, as follow-up singles.
In 2010, she made history by becoming the first female rapper to perform at Yankee Stadium and becoming the first woman to be included in MTV’s annual list of Hottest MCs. She was also the first female soloist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Later in 2010, she starred in Kanye West’s song “Monster,” for which she received critical acclaim. That year, she won her first Grammy Award nomination for her song “My Chick Bad”.
Her debut album “Pink Friday” was released on November 19, 2010, and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 with very strong sales. Later in February 2011, it was ranked at #1 also awarded a Platinum certification by US. Album’s fourth single “Moment 4 Life” was released on December 7, 2010, and fifth single “Super Bass” was released in April 2011. Super Bass received an Octuple Platinum certification in the US and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Nicki Minaj performed as one of Britney Spears’ opening performers on the 2011 Femme Fatale Tour. Later, she and Kesha performed in Britney Spears’ remix of “Till the World Ends”, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. She performed “Super Bass” at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show in 2011 after Donatella Versace invited her to perform with the Prince.
The debut single from Nicki’s second album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, “Starships”, was released in February 2012. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the best-selling singles of all time.
The follow-up songs “Beez in the Trap”, “Right By My Side”, and the promotional singles “Roman in Moscow” and “Stupid Here” were released together with the album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. The album topped the Billboard 200 with high sales, and the RIAA awarded it platinum certification in June 2012.
She performed “Roman Holiday” as the first female solo rapper at the Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012. Her exorcism-themed performance generated debate. She provided the voice of “Steffie” in the animated feature “Ice Age: Continental Drift” in March 2012. The song “Looking At Me”, which she later co-wrote with Pearl Future, peaked at #20 on BBC Radio 1.
An enhanced edition of her album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, subtitled “The Re-Up”, was released on November 19, 2012. In the same month, she was the focus of a three-part E! documentary titled “Nicki Minaj: The truth”. In September, she also became a member of the American Idol judging panel. She had a fantastic year and achieved high chart positions. She earned around $29 Million in 2013 and was ranked at #4 on Forbes’ Hip Hop Cash King list.
Nicki’s first live-action theatrical movie, “The Other Woman”, was filmed in the spring of 2013. Her song “Pills n Potions” from the album “The Pinkprint” was released as the lead single in May 2014. Later in August, she released “Anaconda”, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her highest-charting single in the US to date. It set a lot of records but also sparked debate.
Her third album, “The PinkPrint”, was officially released on December 15, 2014, and it debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200. Her movie, “Barbershop: The Next Cut”, which was released on April 15, 2016, received positive reviews and won her a few awards for her performance.
In February 2017, she appeared on Jason Derulo’s song, “Swalla”, which reached the top of the charts in numerous nations and on many platforms. She then signed with Wilhelmina Models. Her songs, “Changed It”, “No Frauds”, and “Regret in Your Tears”, which were released in March 2017, broke the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female artist.
Nicki Minaj opened the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with a medley performance in May. In that year, she appeared in a number of songs, including the highly ranked “MotorSport”, “Rake It Up”, and “Swish Swish”. Her fourth album, “Queen”, was released on April 12, 2018, and it’s lead single, “Chun-Li”, reached at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Alongside this, the song “Barbie Tingz” was also released, but it wasn’t all that popular.
The second song, “Bed”, which featured Ariana Grande, was released in June 2018. On Saturday Night Live’s 43rd season, Nicki and rapper Playboi performed the songs “Poke It Out” and “Chun-Li” together. At the 2018 BET Awards, she also gave performances of “Rich Sex” and “Chun-Li.”
On July 22, 2018, Tekashi 6ix9ine released the song “Fefe”, which featured Nicky and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. She was also mentioned in the song “Mama” by Tekashi. “Queen”, her long-awaited album, was eventually released on August 10, 2018, and it immediately debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200 with massive sales. This one received criticism for being very long and lyrical. “Ganja Burn” and “Barbie Dreams” are two opening tracks that she also produced.
Nicki appeared on the BTS song, “Idol”, which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. She gave fans about $150 million and sang a couple songs on “The Ellen Degeneres Show”. She was a part of the British girl group Little Mix’s single “Woman Like Me,” which was released on October 12 and debuted at #5 in the UK. Additionally, she also appeared on Tyga’s song “Dip”.
In June 2019, Nicki Minaj released a standalone song, “Megatron”, with a music video. In August 2019, she appeared on the song “Hot Girl Summer” with Megan Thee Stallion, another female rapper. She also provided her voice to Pinky, a character in the film, “The Angry Birds Movie 2”, which was released in the same month.
In November 2019, together with Normani and Ariana Grande, Minaj sang the song “Bad To You” on the Charlie’s Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, making it her sixth time working with Grande. The song “Tusa”, which was made in collaboration with Colombian singer Karol G, was released on November 7. Later, after spending five months at the top of the charts, “Tusa” broke the record for the country’s longest-running number one song.
In January 2020, Nicki Minaj was featured on Meghan Trainor’s song, “Nice to Meet Ya”. She issued the promotional track “Yikes” in February as a stand-alone song.
In May 2020, Doja Cat, a fellow rapper, revealed that she would be working with Minaj on two remixes of her song “Say So”. The remix later peaked at #1 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first single from Minaj and Doja Cat to reach number one in the US. The following month, she collaborated with 6ix9ine on the song “Trollz”, which became Minaj’s second #1 hit in the US. Since Lauryn Hill did it in 1998, this made Minaj the first female rapper to make her Billboard Hot 100 debut at the top spot.
After that, she worked on the song “Move Ya Hips” alongside rappers ASAP Ferg and MadeinTYO. Next month, Minaj appeared on the song “Expensive” by rapper Ty Dolla Sign. In late 2020, she continued to be a featured artist on a number of songs. On November 6, she released “What That Speed Bout!?” with YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Mike Will Made-It.
In May 2021, Nicki Minaj reissued her mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” (2009), adding new songs that weren’t previously available on streaming services. The reissue debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200.
In July 2021, she worked on the remix of her single “Whole Lotta Money” with fellow rapper Bia. Numerous “Best Songs of the Year” lists from periodicals like Rolling Stone and NPR included the remix.
In October 2021, she was featured in English singer Jesy Nelson’s solo debut, “Boyz”, which peaked at #4 in the UK and #16 in Ireland.
At the beginning of 2022, rapper Lil Baby and singer Nicki Minaj collaborated on the song “Do We Have a Problem?”. The song and accompanying music video, in which actors Joseph Sikora and Cory Hardrict made guest appearances, were both released in February. The video featured a clip from another collaboration with Lil Baby titled “Bussin”, which was released a week later on February 11.
In March 2022, Coi Leray, a fellow rapper, and Minaj worked together on the song “Blick Blick” for the latter’s debut studio album, Trendsetter. She unexpectedly released the stand-alone track “We Go Up” with rapper Fivio Foreign later that month.
She debuted the two-minute teaser for her upcoming six-part docuseries “Nicki” on July 28. Bron Studios, a Canadian production firm, is the series’ producer.
In August 2022, Nicki along with Skeng, released a new song, “Likkle Miss (Remix)”, which was included on the compilation album “Queen Radio: Volume 1”. A remix of “Super Freaky Girl” by Minaj titled “Queen Mix” was published in September 2022. It features 5 other female rappers: JT, BIA, Katie Got Bandz, Akbar V, and Maliibu Miitch.
In September 2022, Yung Bleu’s song “Love in the Way” with Minaj was released, and the music video was made available on September 19. The next month, “THE FINE NINE REMIX”, remix of “Likkle Miss” was released by Minaj and Skeng, which also included Spice, Lady Leshurr, Destra Garcia, Pamputtae, Dovey Magnum, Patrice Roberts, Lisa Mercedez, and London Hill. The same month, a song, “I Admit” was released which was co-wrote by rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again with Nicki Minaj.
The music video for Minaj’s first solo single, “Red Ruby da Sleeze”, which was released on March 3, 2023, was filmed while the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. In April 2023, Nicki Minaj appeared on “WTF”, the lead track from Don’t Try This At Home, YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s third studio album.
The song “Alone” by German singer Kim Petras and Minaj was released on April 21. Minaj revealed via Twitter on June 5, 2023, that the release date of her fifth studio album would be October 20, 2023. In June, she and Ice Spice also released another collaboration, “Barbie World”, for the Barbie movie soundtrack with the europop group Aqua.
Nicki Minaj’s strong opinions and social media arguments have garnered a lot of media attention throughout her career.
Nicki Minaj has been involved in many controversies to the date. Here are a few of the more significant ones that came to light. Her third single, “Only”, was released in November 2014; the “Anti-defamation league” objected to the video because it featured Nazi-style images.
In August 2011, she was criticized for wearing a low-cut short shirt during a live performance telecast on “Good Morning America” when she experienced a “nip slip” and exposed her breasts. Later, she expressed regret and refuted claims that it was a PR gimmick. The ‘Parents Television Council’ also objected to this.
The exorcism concept was present in her performance at the Grammy Awards in February 2012, where she debuted “Roman Holiday”. The ‘American Catholic League’ has strong opinions on this. The Catholic League’s president, Bill Donohue, referred to her performance as “vulgar”.
In 2010, Remy Ma claimed that the lyrics to Nicki’s song “Dirty Money” were about her. They soon began producing music with lyrics critical of one another.
Lil Kim claimed that Nicki had stolen her likeness and she warned her saying “If you want to steal my goods, you will have to pay”.
In an after-party thrown by Harper’s Bazaar during the 2018 New York Fashion Week, Cardi B attempted to physically fight Nicki by throwing her high heels at her. Both of their fans were disappointed by this.
Taylor Swift, a well-known pop star, emailed Nicki a hurtful response after she wasn’t nominated for the MTV VMA for Best Video in 2015. Nicki took offence because she assumed Taylor was upset with the Award judges, not her.
Things between Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj haven’t been great ever since Miley made a “Anaconda” parody of her Twitter avatar in 2014. “Back to the bitch who had a lot to say about me to the press one day, Miley, What’s good?”, Nicky yelled at Miley after winning the Best Hip-Hop Video VMA. When they both served as American Idol judges in the past, they didn’t appear to get along.
Facts and Information
Nicki’s father had a bad temper. The father of Nicki had a bad temper. He was dependent on drugs and alcohol, and he set fire to their home in December 1987.
She stated in an interview that she worked as a server at the Bronx’s “Red Lobsters” during a difficult time in her acting career and that she was dismissed from at least 15 jobs for similar reasons, including being uncourteous to clients.
When she first gained popularity, some people criticized her for moving into pop music, and Chicago-based artist Clive Janaka later sued her for claimed copyright infringement.
In November 2017, Jelani Maraj, the brother of Nicki Minaj, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault after being accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old child at Maraj’s house over the course of eight months.
Nicky Minaj became pregnant while still a highschool student and dating her first boyfriend, a Queens resident. She had to have an abortion because she wasn’t prepared.
Nicki Minaj has won a lot of awards and achievements throughout her career. She has been nominated for 603 awards, and she has won 413 of them.
Some of the most important awards achieved by Nicki Minaj are:
9 American Music Awards
12 BET Awards
7 Billboard Music Awards
1 Brit Awards
3 Guinness World Records
7 MTV Video Music Awards
1 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
3 Latin American Music Awards
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