|Country of origin:
|Trinidad and Tobago
|Source of Wealth:
Nicki Minaj, whose real name was Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Trinidad and Tobago, is one of the most famous rappers in the world. She works closely with her discoverer Lil Wayne and lives in the United States. Nicki Minaj is also a successful songwriter, R&B singer, actress and entrepreneur. In the fall of 2019, she married boyfriend Kenneth Petty. However, the couple has not yet had children. Nicki Minaj is considered the most commercially successful rapper in the world.
Onika Tanya Maraj was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and initially grew up with her grandmother in modest circumstances. She has Indian and African roots. At the age of five she moved to Queens, New York to join her parents in the United States. Her youth was marked by her father’s alcohol and drug excesses, who also became violent towards his family. She knew early on that she wanted to be a singer and make music for a living. She attended LaGuardia High School for Music and Drama in Manhattan, graduating in 2003.
With her degree in the bag, she started out as a backup singer and sang a few hooks for rappers in New York. At the same time, she presented her own songs on her MySpace page. Fendi, the chairman of the Dirty Money Recordings label, became aware of these songs and signed the young talent. After a first publication, her later mentor and supporter Lil Wayne became aware of her.
In April 2007 her first mixtape “Playtime is over” was released, which also featured Lil Wayne. The mixtape “Suckka Free” followed the following year and she was able to win the Female Artist of the Year Award. In 2009 she released her third mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” which received very positive reviews from the music world. As a result, she signed a deal with Lil Wayne at Young Money Entertainment. From then on she produced commercially successful solo albums and her career was unstoppable.
The rapper released her first solo album “Pink Friday” in 2010. The album immediately went to number 2 in the US Billboard Charts. After eleven weeks in the charts, the album even made it to the top. Incidentally, Nicki Minaj produced numerous singles in cooperation with well-known musicians such as Ludacris, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Usher. She was the first woman in the world to have seven of her songs on the US Billboard charts at the same time.
In 2011, she toured with pop star Britney Spears. Their second album “Pink Friday; Roman Reloaded” became an even bigger success for Nicki. The album achieved platinum status. In the same year she sat on the American Idol jury, which significantly increased her popularity in the United States. Her account should also have been happy about this place on the jury, because participation as a juror brought her according to estimates between 10-20 million US dollars.
The album “The Pinkprint”, released in 2014, surpassed the successes of its predecessors by a lot. It has sold around 2.5 million copies. In addition to producing his own albums, Nicki Minaj has always relied on working with successful musician colleagues. This brought her a number of chart singles and a corresponding number of records sold.
The most recent album “Queen” reached number 2 in the American charts. Well-known colleagues, such as Eminem and Ariana Grande, could also be heard here.
Nicki Minaj is the first female rapper to be able to double her net worth since starting her career in 2004. This makes her the most commercially successful female rapper in the world. Lucrative advertising contracts with Adidas and Pepsi also allowed her Net Worth to grow. Nicki Minaj turned out to be a good businesswoman. She has already launched several of her own perfume lines, which are selling well.
Nicki Minaj won the Best Female R’n’B & Hip-Hop Artist BET Award six times, dethroning her colleague Missy Elliott. She received an MTV Video Music Award for her single “Super Bass”. She received the American Music Award for her album “Pink Friday”. In 2017, Nicki reached her 76th place on the charts, breaking Aretha Franklin’s record. She is the first to have seven songs on the Billboard charts simultaneously.
With around 113 million records sold, she is considered one of the most successful rappers of all time.
“Your victory is just around the corner. Never give up.”
“I tell all girls they’re beautiful and sexy because they need to be told that and if there’s no one to tell them that and really mean it, I will. ”
“People always want to define me, and I don’t want to be defined.”
Nicki Minaj has a thing for expensive cars. She owns a Range Rover, a Lamborghini and a Bentley, all in pink.
There is a Matel Barbie doll that looks just like Nicki Minaj. It’s a one-off and it was auctioned for $15,000 for charity.
The Pepsi endorsement deal Nicki Minaj secured was $12 million, the highest the company has ever spent on endorsements.