Onika Maraj was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago and lived there for five years with her grandmother. At age 5, she moved to the Queens borough of New York City. She is of mixed Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian descent. According to Minaj, she grew up in a home with an abusive father who drank alcohol, did drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire. She has stated that life was difficult growing up, but that “music helped her through it”. She attended Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210 and graduated from LaGuardia High School. At LaGuardia, a school specializing in music and the visual and performing arts, Minaj participated in the drama program. She once worked at a Red Lobster restaurant in the Bronx.
Nicki Minaj Bio
Before Minaj released any solo material besides mixtapes, she was featured on 18 album tracks and 11 remix’s singles with high-profile acts including “Up Out My Face (Remix)” with Mariah Carey, “My Chick Bad” with Ludacris, “Lil’ Freak” with Usher, Christina Aguilera’s “Woohoo” and Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)”. Then, in January 2010, another mixtape leaked virally, titled Barbie World. Minaj has not supported the mixtape and has stated that it should not be regarded as a true release. Minaj released her first single “Massive Attack” on April 13, 2010. The song features Sean Garrett, who produced the song along with Alex Da Kid. A music video for the single was filmed on March 16 in the desert near Lancaster, California with director Hype Williams. The music video for the single premiered on BET’s 106 & Park on March 31 and features Sean Garrett, with a cameo appearance by model Amber Rose. The single wasn’t successful, however, as it only reached #22 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #65 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song is a buzz single, however, and will not be included on her debut album. Minaj then released “Your Love” as the first official single from her debut album, after the leaked version started receiving heavy airplay on the radio because of its inclusion on her Barbie World mixtape. The single went on to become Minaj’s most successful single so far, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as well as topping the Rap Songs chart. Minaj has become the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. A music video for the single was filmed by Lil X during the 4th of July weekend and was released on July 21, 2010 . The second single from the album, “Right Through Me”, will be released near the album’s release date. She appeared on the remix of the M.I.A. single “Teqkilla” in July 2010. Minaj announced via Twitter that her debut album, Pink Friday, will be released on November 23, 2010, stating “Yes. It’s time. November 23rd”. Minaj announced the album’s title via Ustream.tv on August 3, 2010.
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