Nicki Minaj life and biography

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Nicki Minaj biography

Date of birth : 1984-12-08
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Queens, New York, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-09-13
Credited as : Rap singer, sings with Diddy-Dirty Money, debut album 'Pink Friday' on November 23, 2010

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Onika Maraj, born December 8, 1984 known as Nicki Minaj is a female rapper from Southside Jamaica, Queens, NewYork. She grew up in a troubled home, with a father on drugs and a struggling single mother. Despite her hectic environment, Minaj went on to graduate from LaGuardia High School in Manhattan where she studied singing and acting.

Her debut album, Pink Friday, is due to be released on November 23, 2010.

Working as an administrative assistant, she dedicated all of her free time to pursuing a potential music career. Nicki Minaj started off singing, from background vocals, to hooks for local rappers. Minaj wanted to “stand out” more, from the average dime-a-dozen young aspiring singer and began writing raps. Starting out as the lone female in a group, (which she left in 2006)

Nicki soon branched out and was noticed on Myspace by Dirty Money CEO Fendi. Who signed her and put her on the front of his Dirty Money Label, and his The Come Up DVD.

Appearing on The Carter Edition of the DVD series, Minaj was noticed by rapper Lil’ Wayne who immediately called Fendi to negotiate meeting Nicki. He was convinced by not only her different style of rapping, but her ability to full on write her own material that she was perfect to be the face of his Young Money label. The two collaborated on mixtape styled remakes of tracks such as “Sunshine”, “Big Spender” and more recently a song entitled “Higher than a Kite” which uses T.I.’s “My Swag” beat. In April of 2007, she released her first mixtape entitled Playtime is Over. Where she posed as a Barbie doll on the cover. Lil’ Wayne appeared on the track “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”.

Nearly a year later, Minaj released her second mixed cd titled Sucka Free. Controversy surrounded this as Nicki paid tribute to rapper Lil’ Kim by posing with her legs spread for promotional posters. She describes it as something to “pull people in”, so that they would listen to what she had to say. Nicki Minaj graced the pages of the July issue of the XXL magazine giving a brief overview of her life up to that point in time.

Originally using her real last name Maraj, Nicki boasts she started calling herself Minaj because she started “eating chicks”, with her vicious rap skills. Its pronounced as Menage, only spelled to compliment her real last name with a J instead of the traditional spelling.

Aside from her original moniker, Minaj also uses an array of Aka aliases to describe herself, such as; “Nicki Lewenski”, and “AKA Sit on your favorite rapper’s face”.

Award and nominations

* 2010 BET Awards
o Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (Won)
o Best New Artist (Won)
o Best Group (Young Money) - (Won)
o Best New Artist (Young Money) - (Won)
o Viewer's Choice: "BedRock" (Young Money feat. Lloyd) (Nominated)

* 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
o Best New Artist: "Massive Attack" (feat. Sean Garrett) (Nominated)

* 2010 Teen Choice Awards
o Choice Breakout Artist – Female (Nominated)

* 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards
o Track of the Year: "BedRock" (Young Money feat. Lloyd) (Pending)
o Rookie of the Year (Pending)
o Hustler of the Year (Pending)
o Made You Look Award (Pending)
o Lyricist of the Year (Pending)
o Reese's Perfect Combo Award: "Hello Good Morning" (Remix) (Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj) (Pending)
o Reese's Perfect Combo Award: "All I Do Is Win" (DJ Khaled feat. Rick Ross, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jadakiss & Nicki Minaj) (Pending)

* 2010 MOBO Awards
o Best International Act Nomination

Nicki Minaj appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on Sept. 12, 2010.

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