Nicki MinajÂ is the biggest female rap star in the world. Yes, Iggy Azalea might have one of the biggest pop songs of the year with ˜Fancy,’ but she doesn’t have the laundry list of hits that Nicki does. She doesn’t have the diehard Barbz at her side. And she just can’t rap like the Young Money queen.
With fame comes the complete unveiling of all things private, and Nicki’s been in the spotlight long enough to shed light on a past full of pain, sorrow, and triumph despite it all. Those who have been down with her since the mixtape days probably know what kind of toilet paper she wipes with, but there are still those factoids that listeners might not be aware of. What specifically motivated Nicki to take up female empowerment? What was her first big break? And what did she do in high school when she was told her singing wasn’t good enough?
As we look forward to ˜The Pinkprint’ and a hopeful release date, it feels right to dig into her history and uncover some of the things that make Nicki Minaj an icon. Walk with us as we go back in time for Facts About Nicki Minaj You Probably Didn’t Know.
- Nicki was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Â She was raised by her grandmotherÂ before moving to Jamaica in Queens, New York when she was five years old.
- She wanted to kill her father. Nicki’s father was an abusive drug addict who would sell family furniture for money. He also once tried to kill Nicki’s mother by lighting their house on fire. Minaj wanted him dead.
- Nicki has a single tattoo on her body. It’s on her arm, and it says “God is always with you” in Chinese. She got it when she was 16 and she actually regretsit.
- She used to call herself Harajaku Barbie because girls on MySpace used to call themselves “something Barbie.” She chose “Harajaku” to be different.
- She was featured in a 2007 DVD ‘The Come Up: The Carter Edition’ that caught Lil’ Wayne’s eye. By 2009, she was signed to Cash Money Records.
- She regrets copying Lil’ Kim’s ‘Hardcore’ squat. In an interview with King magazine, Nicki said copying Kims poseÂ was not only “too soon,” but “unnecessary.”
- Nicki Minaj is the first solo female artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 Chart. The entries includeÂ Ludacris’ ‘My Chick Bad,’ Lil Wayne’s ‘Knockout,’ Trey Songz’ ‘Bottoms Up,’ Usher’s ‘Lil Freak,’ Sean Kingston’s ‘Letting Go (Dutty Love),’ and Jay Sean’s ‘2012 (It Ain’t The End).’
- Kanye West almost cut her verse from ‘Monster.’ ‘Ye told Sway her verse was so good, he almost cut it out of pride.
- The intro Nicki reads on Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is an adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s ‘Cinderella.’
- Nicki is the first and only female rapper to appear on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings List. She clocked in at #4, earning $29 million in 2013.
- She hates the name “Nicki Minaj.” Regarding the origin of her suggestive stage name she toldÂ The Guardian: “Somebody changed my name. One of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj and I fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me. I’ve always hated it.”