Once upon a time Nicki Minaj was once just an aspiring waitress working hard to get the music industry to notice her. This is the story of how Nicki Minaj grafted to become the most prominent female rapper in the world.
1. What is Nicki Minaj's ethnicity?
- Nicki Minaj is of mixed heritage, and is one-quarter Indian. Her late father, Robert Maraj is of Indo-Trinidadian descent, while her mother Carol Maraj is of Afro-Trinidadian descent. Her nationality is Trinidadian. Credit: Getty
2. What is Nicki Minaj's real name?
- Nicki Minaj's full name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She started off her rap career using the name "Nicki Maraj" before later settling for the name Nicki Minaj. According to rumours, she didn't like the name "Minaj" as it had sexual connotations but later accepted the title.
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3. Was Nicki Minaj in Steven Universe?
- In 2014, Nicki Minaj voiced the character of Sugilite in the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, a show about a team of magical guardians who protect the Earth. Sugilite made her debut in the episode "Coach Steven". Credit: Cartoon Network
4. How old is Nicki Minaj?
- Nicki Minaj was born in 8th December 1982, making her currently 38 years-old. The rapper started her career at an early age in her native New York and only released her debut mixtape ''Playtime Is Over' in 2007 - when she was around 22-years-old.
5. Nicki Minaj released her fourth studio album 'Queen' in 2018.
- Her first album since 2014's 'The Pinkprint', Minaj released her fourth studio album 'Queen' in 2018. The Young Money rapper teased fans in 2017 with the release of three new songs 'No Frauds', 'Regret In Your Tears' and 'Changed It'. Hit songs on the album include 'Chun-Li', 'Bed' with Ariana Grande, 'Barbie Dreams', and 'Good Form'.
6. What is Nicki Minaj's Twitter account?
- Nicki Minaj is very active on social media and tweets using the handle @nickiminaj. The rapper often interacts directly with her fans and keeps everyone up to date with her latest releases. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
7. Is 'Anaconda' Nicki Minaj's biggest song?
- Nicki Minaj released her hit single 'Anaconda' back in August 2014 and quickly followed it up with a video that 'broke the internet'. The New York rapper stripped down to her gym gear in the racy viral video that currently has almost a billion views on YouTube.
8. Does Nicki Minaj have a game?
- Nicki Minaj released her own mobile game 'Nicki Minaj: The Empire' in December 2016. The Young Money rapper worked alongside gaming heavyweight Glu Mobile to create a rival to popular apps by Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.
9. When did Nicki Minaj date Safaree Samuels?
- Nicki Minaj dated rapper Safaree Samuels for over 11 years! The former couple kept their relationship secret in the early stages of her music career before going their separate ways in 2014. Minaj revealed that their messy break-up left her "emotionally unstable". Picture: Getty
10. What is Nicki Minaj's net worth this year?
- According to website Celebrity Net Worth, Nicki Minaj is currently worth over $80 million. The rapper's successful music career is also completed by a variety of savvy business moves, including ventures into the tech and alcohol markets. Picture: Getty
11. Is Nicki Minaj dating Drake?
- Nicki Minaj and Drake have a long, complicated history of relationship rumours. Drake has previously confessed his love for the New York rapper and has also suggested that he wanted to marry her in the past. While Nicki Minaj has also played her part in fuelling rumours over the years. However the pair have never confirmed whether they have actually dated. Picture: Getty
12. When did Nicki Minaj date Meek Mill?
- Nicki Minaj dated Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill for over two years before publicly announcing their split on social media. The pair sparked a series of engagement rumours before eventually ending their relationship in January 2017. However the reasons behind their split are still unknown.
13. Nicki Minaj started her music career in a rap group called Hoodstars
- There were three other members in the group – Lou$tar, Scagg Beezy and 7even Up. The extent of their success was recording the entrance song for WWE's Diva Victoria titled Don't Mess With in 2004.
14. In 2007, Minaj released her first mixtape Playtime Is Over.
- Under the Dirty Money Record label, Minaj went on the release two more mixtapes. Sucka Free came in 2008 and Beam Me Up Scotty was released the year after.
15. In August 2009, Nicki Minaj signed with Young Money Entertainment
- Once again, Nicki's hard work and strong talent meant she was catching the right peoples eyes. This time it was Lil Wayne, who got in touch and took her over to Young Money – the same label that homes Tyga and Drake. Picture: Instagram
16. Minaj hooked up with Kanye West, Rick Ross and Jay Z on 'Monster'.
- A year before her album dropped Nicki gained herself a verse on a track with three of raps biggest players. Many regarded her verse on Monster as the best, so at this point, everyone was waiting to see what she came up with on the album.
17. Super Bass was released as the album's fifth single in May 2011.
- The single charted within the top 10 in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. As of May 2012 the single had sold more than four million digital copies and was certified 8x platinum.
18. Nicki Minaj's second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released in April 2012
- She announced that a second album was on the way in November 2011 on her Twitter page, and eventually it arrived although it was two months later than initially planned.
19. The first single off Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was Starships.
- The single peaked at number 2 in the UK – a personal best for Minaj, and reached number five in the US. Starships went on to become one of the year's best-selling singles.
20. Does Nicki Minaj have a boyfriend?
- Nicki Minaj has had three famous exes. Her first public relationship was with her partner of 12 years Safaree Samuels. A few years after they split Nicki started dating her long-time friend Meek Mill and they dated for over a year before she revealed that they'd split in January 2017. Nicki has been linked to Nas and has been playfully flirting online with Eminem, but is now married to childhood sweetheart Kenneth Petty. Picture: Getty
21. What films has Nicki Minaj been in?
- Nicki Minaj has starred in a number of films and animations like "Barbershop: The Next Cut," "The Other Woman" and "Ice Age: A Continental Drift." Picture: YouTube
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