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Nicki Minaj | Success Story of the “Queen of Rap”



Nicki Minaj or Onika Tanya Maraj is a rapper, singer and songwriter. She holds the position of an International superstar. Animated flow, lyricism and accents which Minaj uses in her rapping gained her worldwide recognition.
Currently, She is the wealthiest female rapper in the world. Not everyone knows about her inspiring story. Her life wasn’t always as glamourous as now. From beginning her career with Brooklyn group Full Force as a rapper to being the Queen of Rap today, Nicki Minaj has come a long way.

Early Life

On December 8, 1982, Onika Tanya Maraj or Nicki Minaj was born in the Saint James district of Port of Spain. She is the daughter of Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer and Carol Maraj who was also a gospel singer. Minaj grew up with three siblings, an older brother Jelani, younger brother Micaiah and younger sister Ming. In a joint family, Nicki and Jelani lived with their grandmother and eleven cousins. Eventually, Minaj’s mother got a new house when she was five. Three of them, Minaj, Carol & Jelani moved there. Nicki successfully secured admission at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. As a result, She did her graduation in Visual and perfoming arts.


Life is perfect for no one. The more beautiful it looks, the harder is the story and work behind it. Not everyone knows about the struggles and dark phase Nicki Minaj has been through.

Nicki Minaj had a difficult childhood. Brought up in a dysfunctional family, she was surrounded by a poor neighbourhood. Her father was a toxic man. Because of this, her mother kept suffering, physically and emotionally, all throughout her life.
For making a living, Nicki’s father used to sell items from their home. He had problems with drugs and alcohol. One day, he even set the house on fire while her mom was inside. Looking into all this, Nicki Minaj was always worried for her mother. She reveals that she would into her room and kneel down at the foot of the f bed and pray that God would make her rich. So that she could take care of her mother.  It had been set in her mind that being rich would cure everything. And that was what always drove her.

Before she got her big break, she had to face many obstacles and rejections.
Initially, everyone was just slamming doors on her face. Nothing was really working out. She terms it as a very dark period of her life.
A very dark period in her life began. Nicki described,  “At a point, I was, Like what would happen if I just didn’t wake up”. This situation made her consider the worst. But fortunately, Nicki’s persistence and belief opened some doors for her.

Success and Present

Nicki Minaj begin her career as a rapper. She rapped for various groups, recorded song and created mixtapes over the years. Minaj first gained recognition after her three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009. She rose to fame with, Pink Friday in 2010, her debut album. It reached number one on the U.S Billboard 200 chart.

Apart from music Nicki worked as an actress. She did voice roles in Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Angry Birds Movie 2. Also she appeared in supporting roles in the comedy films, The Other Woman and Barbershop: The Next Cut

Getting fame and love from all over the world, she is titled ” Queen of Rap ” and “Queen of Hip hop”. Today, Nicki Minaj is one of the best selling artists of all time with 100 million records. The Time 2016 included her in the list of 100 most influential people in the world.

What is Nicki Minaj's real name?

Onika Tanya Maraj

Who is Nicki Minaj Married to?

Nicki married Kenneth Petty. The couple got blessed with a baby boy just an year after marriage.

Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth petty

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