how did nicki minaj start her career


How Did Nicki Minaj Start Her Career?

Nicki Minaj is one of the most iconic female rappers in the music industry, known for her unique rapping style, bold fashion sense and a powerful presence. But how did Nicki Minaj’s career begin?

The rap artist was born Onika Tanya Maraj in St. James, Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the U.S. with her family in the ‘90s. Growing up in Queens, New York, Minaj was passionate about music and performing, taking her first steps in the recording industry with the mixtape “Playtime Is Over”, released in 2007.

2008 – First Studio Album

Minaj debuted her studio album “Pink Friday” in 2010, gaining worldwide attention and commercial success. Remixing popular singles such as “Monster” and “I Get Crazy” featuring Lil Wayne, helped the album to reach the top of the Billboard 200.

2012 – Record Breaking Success

In 2012, Minaj released her second album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, featuring hits such as “Starships” and “Champion”. The album was a major success, topping the Billboard 200 and having eight singles in the Hot 100 simultaneously, a record held only by The Beatles.

Two years later, she released her third studio album “The Pinkprint”, including “Anaconda” which became one of her most popular songs.


Throughout her career, Minaj has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Drake, increasing her fame even further.

She also ventured into other areas such as the world of film and television, appearing in various shows and films, culminating in a tour with Ariana Grande in 2016.


Nicki Minaj has established herself as one of the biggest and most influential female rappers in the music industry with her record breaking albums, singles and collaborations. From her humble beginnings in Queens, New York, to becoming one of the most iconic voices in hip hop, Nicki Minaj has certainly been an incredible success story.


    • Released “Pink Friday” in 2010


    • Released “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” in 2012


    • Released “The Pinkprint” in 2014


    • Collaborated with Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Drake


    • Gained international fame


    • Eight singles simultaneously in the Hot 100, a record held only by The Beatles.


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