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Nikki Minaj

Updated on July 6, 2012

Nikki Minaj

Nikki Minaj took over the radio and TV stations by storm and the downloads on itunes for her tunes were unbelievable.

Onika Maraj (born 1984),better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper and singer.In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown. Her debut album, Pink Friday, is currently due to be released on November 23, 2010. She has also released three successful mixtapes.

Onika Maraj was born in Trinidad 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 210and 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.

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