Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian hip hop recording artist. In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown.
Early life Minaj was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago to parents of Indian and Afro Trinidadian descent. She lived in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City. 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 alcohol, 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. She once worked at a Red Lobster restaurant in the Bronx.
Now In 2010 Nicki Released Her Debut Album, Pink Friday it Sold 1,000,000 Copies and Went Platinum. In 2011 She Released The Smash Hit, Super Bass and it Got Over 150,000,000 Views on YouTube .On April 3rd, Nicki Released her Sophomore Album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded On May 16, 2012 Nicki Went on Her Pink Friday Tour . In October 2012 Nicki Went on Another Tour. The Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour Minaj Came to BET'S 106 & Park Studio to Promote her 3rd Album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded—The Re-up
2013 In January 2013, Nicki Debuted On the Reality Show, American Idol , But there is Rumours of a Feud Going on Between Minaj and Mariah Carey. In Some Footage Nicki Was Stating "If I Had a Gun, I Would Shoot you".
Nicki Released Another Single, Va Va Voom and it Was another Smash Hit for Minaj. On The Set of High School Nicki Had a Double Nipple Slip. In The Future Minaj Will Be Making an Acting Debut in the 2014 Film The Other Woman