Born on December 8, 1982, Nicki Minaj is an Indo-Asian descent. She grew
up in a troubled family with a father who was a drug addict. She studied
singing and acting at LaGuardia High School but like many other big
stars, she began her singing career as a backing vocalist for other
Her talent was first spotted by Young Money CEO Fendi on MySpace and
later was recruited for The Carter Edition of Young Money's "The Come
Up" DVD series. Her rapping skill caught Lil Wayne's attention who later
on tagged her for a number of collaborations in his mixtapes.
In April 2007, Nicki released her first mixtape "Playtime Is Over".
Weezy lent his vocal on one of the songs. A year later, she dropped
another mixtape "Sucka Free" which landed her as Female Artist of the
Year at the Underground Music Awards.
After the arrival of her third mixtape "Beam Me Up Scotty" which
received positive reviews from BET and MTV, she appeared in a bunch of
joint tracks for studio albums from the likes of Ludacris, Usher, Mariah
Carey and, of course, her mentor Weezy.
Nicki finally released her debut single "Massive Attack" in March
2010. She teams up with Sean Garrett on the hook and tags her BFF Amber
Rose aka Kanye West's girlfriend when shooting the music video.
The singles "Your Love" and "Check It Out" then preceded the release
of her official debut album, "Pink Friday", which was released later in
2010. It peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 200 and went platinum. She earned
a handful of 2011 Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist, Best
Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance.
In early 2012, she released "Starships" as the first offering from her
sophomore effort, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded", an album built around
her devil-may-care alter ego "Roman Zolanski." Boasting guest
appearances from Nas, Wayne, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and Beenie Man, the
album hit No. 1 on the U.S. album charts. In addition to "Starships",
the album spawned other hits like "Pound the Alarm" and "Va Va Voom"
which reached the Hot 100's top 40. By the end of 2012, Minaj was
announced as a judge for the twelfth season of "American Idol", although
she left at the end of the season.
In 2013, Minaj announced that she would be releasing a new album in
2014. "Lookin A**" was released in March as the first single off the
album which was later titled "The Pinkprint". "Pills N Potions" was
released a few weeks later as the second single. However, the biggest
hit from the album is so far the third single, "Anaconda". Featuring a
sample of Sir Mix-a-Lot's 1992 hit "Baby's Got Back", the ode to booty
spawned a twerk-filled music video that eventually became the
most-viewed clip on YouTube in 24 hours period. The song itself peaked
at No. 2 on Hot 100. "The Pinkprint" album is coming out on December 15.