Nicki Minaj, also known as Onika Tanya Maraj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper born in Saint James, Trinidad Tobago. She was relocated to Queen, New York at the age of five. Nicki Minaj is known to have a bad childhood. Her father was a violent drug addict and she had wished her mother were stronger. She was quoted as saying this to the Details Magazine.
“I’ve always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind, because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn’t be. I thought, ‘If I’m successful, I can change her life.’”
Due to the early struggles, she developed personalities that made her want to be a “completely new person”. In the early stage, she fantasized herself to be somebody called “Cookie” and “Harajuku Barbie. Finally, she decided on the name “Nicki Minaj”. As she put in
“Fantasy was my reality”
Determined to make a breakthrough, Nicki Minaj released three mix tapes before signing on to Young Money record label. Her subsequent releases were a huge success. Her achievements include first female stand alone artist to carry 7 singles on the Billboard chart Hot 100, having her single topped the Billboard, and being the first ever female artist to be covered inside the MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List.
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