Childhood and adolescence
Onika’s parents (a real name of Nicki Minaj) were Carol and Robert Marajó. They had Indian and African roots. Therefore, her real name sounds a bit bizarre. Until the age of 5 Nicky lived in St. James. Most of the time she lived with her grandma, as her mom and dad were busy with their lives and almost all time they were in the United States. When Nicki was 5 years old her mother took her to New York. However, as Nicki recalls, it would have been better if it hadn’t happened. Her father was almost always drunk and under drug intoxication. He often beat her mother and her.
Nicki Minaj developed her musical talent at an early age. She studied in the musical school. At Fiorello H. LaGuardia School she studied arts, there she learned how to play different instruments; she participated in theater productions. However, Nicki’s main dream was singing. Black girl from an unhappy family was commanded by God himself to listen to rap. And so it happened. This defined her future career way.
The first mixtape by Nicki Minaj “Playtime Is Over” got to audition to the famous rapper Lil Wayne. The expert performer and producer immediately saw talent in the young girl and offered her a contract with his label “Young Money”. At that time together with Nicki Minaj worked such rappers as Angel De-Mar, Murda Mook, Hell Rell, Ransom and others. Next mixtape came out a year later, in 2008, it was called «Sucka Free».
The following year, Nicki Minaj started to appear on TV screens and magazine covers. At this time Nicky got her first award, “Underground Music Awards”, in the nomination “Best Artist of the Year”. Then her third official mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” was released. Artists like Drake, Soulja Boy, Wayne, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, TI and many others helped het to work on this mixtape. The collection of songs was praised among music critics, paving the way for Minaj to record her debut full-length studio album.
In the year of 2010, Nicki Minaj has published her first studio CD “Pink Friday”. The disc was a resounding success. Nicki became the first female singer, whose 7 compositions were on the popular Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, singles “Your Love” and “Super Bass” were on the top of the charts in many countries. At the same time, Nicki held the first mini-promotional tour around major US cities. And as a personal initiative she gave a concert at her native town of St. James.
The premiere album raised Nicky to the upper echelons of world stars. After her first album she started to cooperate with world-renowned artists such as David Guetta, Will.I.Am, Kesha Sebert, Mia, Madonna, Alicia Keys and others. She voiced the character in the cartoon “Ice Age 4” and began to record the next CD of the Pink Friday series.
Nicki Minaj has recorded three albums of the series “Pink Friday". After that she was working hard on her fourth album “The Pinkprint”. Nicki pays tribute to pink color with her bright image. She even dyed her Lamborghini Aventador car in a pink color.
In addition, in 2013, her own perfume “Pink Friday” was out. Then there was the second perfume “Minajesty”. In 2014, the third fragrance from Nicki titled «ONIKA» came out. In addition, Nicki produces her own alcohol “Myx Moscato”. The singer plans to release her own collection of clothing for the “KMART” store.
Nicky also starred in films. In 2013, she starred in the Hollywood comedy “The Other Woman”. On set, she worked with Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and other famous actors.
Nicky tries not to talk about her private life. For a long time there have been rumors about her bisexuality. However, the actress still has not admitted whether she has a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Quite often she is seen in the company of her old friend Safari Samuels with whom, according to journalists, she has an affair.