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  • Real name : Onika Tanya Maraj
  • Place of birth : New York City
  • Date of birth : 08/12/1982

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  • The Queen of Hip Hop<br / />Nicki
  • Barbie Bitch
  • (Alter ego's)
  • Cookie
  • Roman Zolanski
  • Onika
  • Nicki Teresa
  • Martha
  • Barbie
  • Onika Maraj
  • Minaj Nicki

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Nicki Minaj (1982)

Onika Tanya Maraj

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Onika Tanya Maraj , known by her stage name Nicki Minaj , is a Trinidadian-born American recording artist. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, and moved to the Queens borough of New York City when she was five years old.

After releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009 and being signed to Young Money Entertainment in August 2009, Minaj released her debut album, Pink Friday in November 2010. It quickly became a commercial success, peaking at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release. She became the first artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since Missy Elliott accomplished it with Work It in 2002. She also became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List. Minaj was named the 2011 Rising Star by Billboard.

  Biography  

 early life
Maraj was born in 1982 in Saint James, (a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city Port of Spain). Her parents are of mixed Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry and she lived in Saint James with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City at the time. Her mother would occasionally visit, and one day, when Minaj was five, her mother picked her up to move to Queens. According to Minaj, her father drank heavily, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.

She attended Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210, where she played the clarinet. She graduated from LaGuardia High School. At LaGuardia, a school specializing in music and the visual and performing arts, Minaj participated in the drama program. She had initially planned to sing at LaGuardia, but lost her voice on the day of the audition.

 career
  2007–09: Mixtapes and Young Money
Minaj released her first mixtape in 2007 after releasing Playtime Is Over with Dirty Money Records. She released another mixtape on July 7, 2008, titled Sucka Free, under the label Be. On April 18, 2009, Minaj released a third mixtape and appeared in XXL magazine. She won the Female Artist of the Year award at the 2008 Underground Music Awards. Minaj released Beam Me Up Scotty, another mixtape, in April 2009 under the label of Trapaholics Records; it received positive coverage on both BET and MTV.

In August 2009, Minaj signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment, with distribution from Universal Motown Records, after fellow American rapper Lil Wayne discovered her and secured the record deal. She then had a solo rap verse in their single "BedRock," which became a commercial success, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Minaj also appeared on "Roger That", which charted at #56. The song, and in particular Minaj, received positive reviews from critics. Both songs were included in Young Money Entertainment's debut collaborative studio album We Are Young Money, which was released in December 2009. The album charted in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 200, reaching #9 and later receiving a Gold Certification by the RIAA.

 2010–present: Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded


After a major record label bidding war, Young Money Entertainment announced on August 31, 2009 that Minaj had been released a 360 deal with the label in which she retains and owns all of her 360 rights – including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing. In an interview with 95.8 Capital FM, Rihanna stated that after the two collaborated on "Raining Men" from her album Loud that the duo would be teaming up together for a possible second collaboration on Minaj's Pink Friday. Hip-hop rap artist and producer Kanye West was also confirmed for the album. On August 3, 2010 Minaj revealed on a Ustream.tv channel for her fans that the album's name would be Pink Friday, stating, “To carry on a great tradition of Black Friday, we are going to switch it up this year in honor of the Nicki Minaj album and call that day Pink Friday, and call my album Pink Friday!” Minaj released the artwork for her album cover on October 15, 2010.

Pink Friday was released on November 19, 2010 in both standard and deluxe versions. A buzz single, "Massive Attack", was released in April. In August, Minaj released "Your Love" as the first official single from her debut album. The single peaked at 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and topped the Rap Songs chart. Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List and the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. In October 2010, Minaj became the first artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously. Minaj released a joint single with The Black Eyed Peas front man, will.i.am titled, "Check It Out", which is Minaj's most successful single to date in Europe. "Right thru Me" was released September 24, 2010; the music video was released in late October. "Moment 4 Life" followed "Right thru Me" and was released as the fourth single. The track featured Canadian rapper Drake and was released on December 7, 2010, becoming a success on the Billboard Hot 100. The single peaked at number 5 on the Hot Rap Songs. The album gained a Platinum certification in the United States a month after the release.

On January 29, 2011, Minaj appeared on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest, performing "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life". On February 9, 2011, it was announced that Pink Friday had reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart. It was hinted by Simon Cowell that Minaj would join the judging panel of the American version of the The X Factor. Starting in June 2011, Minaj will be supporting Pink Friday by serving as an opening act along with Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo on Britney Spears' sixth concert tour, the Femme Fatale Tour, in support of her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. She also was featured on the official remix of Spears' track "Till The World Ends" along with Spears and singer Kesha, which charted at number 3 in the US in April 2011. "Super Bass" was released from Pink Friday in May 2011, the reception of the single was huge after the single charted within the top 10 in many of countries including; United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada and more. The song gained positive reviews from critics with some critics saying; "obvious hit", "memorable hooks", "infectious". Minaj will voice a character in the 3D animated film, Ice Age: Continental Drift, as an unknown character,. Minaj is also featured on French disc jockey David Guetta's 2011 album, Nothing but the Beat on "Where Them Girls At" and "Turn Me On". She will be featured alongside Madonna and M.I.A on an upcoming single from Madonna's twelfth studio album, for which a music video has been directed by Megaforce.

On November 22, 2011, Minaj announced via Twitter that her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is currently in the works set to be released on Valentine's Day 2012. She later retweeted to one of her fans saying that she would release a teaser of the LP's first single on the week of December 6th-9th. The first single from the album, titled "Roman in Moscow," was released to iTunes and to the radio on December 2, 2011. The cover has a red background with the name Nicki Minaj crossed out and instead saying Roman in Moscow. On the top Minaj songs on iTunes, "Roman in Moscow" ranked number three.

 personal life
While some songs and interviews have implied that Minaj is bisexual, she has said that she does not date nor have sex with women, but added in an interview with Out magazine, "I don’t date men either." In an interview with Vibe she commented, "I just embrace all people of all lifestyles and I don’t tell them they are bad people. And I say girls are beautiful and girls are sexy and they need to be told that, and if they don’t have anyone to tell them that and mean it, I’m gonna tell them that. But I feel like people always wanna define me and I don’t wanna be defined." She reiterated her dislike of being labeled in an interview with Out, saying: "The point is, everyone is not black and white. There are so many shades in the middle, and you’ve got to let people feel comfortable with saying what they want to say when they want to say it."

During an interview in the May 2010 issue of Details, Minaj was asked if she felt hip-hop was becoming more gay-friendly. She responded, "I think the world is getting more gay-friendly, so hip-hop is too. But it's harder to imagine an openly gay male rapper being embraced, people view gay men as having no street credibility. But I think we'll see one in my lifetime."

In July 2011, Minaj's cousin Nicholas was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, New York City. Minaj tweeted that she was devastated.

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Name Duration Released
Stupid Hoe 03:16 20/12/2011
Roman in Moscow 02:37 02/12/2011
Girls Fall Like Dominoes 03:22 15/04/2011
Moment 4 Life 04:39 19/11/2010
Save Me 03:05 19/11/2010
Fly 03:32 19/11/2010
Last Chance 03:51 19/11/2010
Right Thru Me 03:56 19/11/2010
Your Love 04:05 19/11/2010
Did It On'em 03:32 19/11/2010
Dear Old Nicki 03:53 19/11/2010
Roman's Revenge 04:38 19/11/2010
Here I Am 02:55 19/11/2010
I'm the Best 03:37 19/11/2010
Blazin' 05:02 19/11/2010
Check It Out 04:11 19/11/2010
Girlfriend 03:50 17/01/2010
Shakin' It 4 Daddy 02:58 17/01/2010
Streets Is Watchin 02:51 17/01/2010
Barbie world 00:27 17/01/2010
Knockout 03:18 17/01/2010
Gettin' Paid 01:26 17/01/2010
Lil frak 02:39 17/01/2010
F**k The BS 01:11 17/01/2010
Sweet Dreams 03:27 17/01/2010
Get your paper up 02:54 17/01/2010
The Cipher 00:44 17/01/2010
Dang a Lang 01:22 17/01/2010
Saxon 02:49 17/01/2010
Ponytail 04:13 17/01/2010
BedRock 04:46 17/01/2010
Up out my face 03:10 17/01/2010
Grinding Making Money 03:35 17/01/2010
Roger That 03:23 17/01/2010
Mi casa 00:48 17/01/2010
Sex In Crazy Places 04:03 17/01/2010
Finale 00:56 17/01/2010
Fuck U Silly 02:27 17/01/2010
Take It Off 03:18 17/01/2010
Gettin Cake 01:07 17/01/2010
Fuck the B.S. 01:11 2010
I Love You 03:24 2010
Kill Da DJ 03:01 18/04/2009
Keys Under Palm Trees 02:50 18/04/2009
Outro 01:38 18/04/2009
Itty Bitty Piggy 04:06 18/04/2009
Handstand 03:08 18/04/2009
I Feel Free 04:32 18/04/2009
I Get Crazy 03:40 18/04/2009
Best I Ever Had 05:25 18/04/2009
Still I Rise 03:08 18/04/2009
Intro 01:03 18/04/2009
Go Hard 05:55 18/04/2009
Can Anybody Hear Me? 03:25 18/04/2009
Shopaholic 05:32 18/04/2009
Envy 03:43 18/04/2009
Slumber Party 03:30 18/04/2009
Five-O 04:18 18/04/2009
Nicki Minaj Speaks 00:19 18/04/2009
Easy 04:05 18/04/2009
Mind on My Money 04:31 18/04/2009
Get Silly 01:30 18/04/2009
Beam Me Up Scotty 03:58 18/04/2009
Set It Off 02:15 2008
Doin It Well 02:23 2008
Womp Womp 02:34 2008
President Carter Speaks 01:09 2008
Wanna Minaj? 03:39 2008
Long Time Comin’ 03:16 2008
Baddest Bitch 02:19 2008
Dead Wrong 02:46 2008
Sucka Free ‘08 00:07 2008
Firm Biz 08 01:37 2008
Lollipop 05:42 2008
Curious George 02:02 2008
Sweetest Girl 03:04 2008
President Carter Signs Off 00:16 2008
Grindin 02:20 2008
Young Money Ballaz 02:38 2008
Autobiography 04:33 2008
Higher Than a Kite 02:36 2008
Hundred Million Dollaz 00:19 2008
Who’s Ya Best MC? 02:27 2008
Brraaattt 02:43 2008
Cuchi Shop 03:11 2008
Playtime Is Over 01:46 2007
Letcha Go 02:37 2007
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop 02:26 2007
Sunshine 02:39 2007
Interlude 01:50 2007
N.I.G.G.A.S. 03:48 2007
Encore ’07 04:10 2007
Wuchoo Know 02:18 2007
Warning 02:52 2007
Ease Up 03:39 2007
Dreams ’07 02:39 2007
Dilly Dally 03:03 2007
Hood Story 01:59 2007
1-900-Ms-Minaj 04:48 2007
40 Bars 02:09 2007
Freestyle 01:01 2007
Click Clack 04:02 2007
I’m Cumin 02:03 2007
Jump Off ’07 02:24 2007
Sticks In My Bun 02:46 2007

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