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Nicki Minaj real name is Onika Tanya Maraj was born December 8, 1982, better known as Nicki Minaj. A Trinidadian-born American. Born in Saint James, Trinidad, moving to the Queens New York City at just five years old. After pushing three mixtapes between '07 and '09 and being signed to Lil Waynes record label Young Money in August '09, Minaj released Pink Friday in November 2010, her debut album. It quickly became a phenoenon, peaking at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and quickly being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)only a month after release. Nicki Minaj became the first artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time! Gaining the 2011 Rising Star by Billboard.
Minaj released her first mixtape in mid '07. Then released another mixtape on July 7th 08, entitled Sucka Free. On April 18th '09, Minaj released a third mixtape while also appearing XXL magazine that year.
There are many interesting facts about Nicki Minaj... Growing up, her home life was what many would consider chaotic, by her parents constantly fighting. As a means of getting away from the drama, she created characters and fantasized her life through them. In an interview with New York she said, "To get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a different person. cookie- was my first identity – that stayed with me for a while. I went on to 'Harajuku Barbie,' then 'Nicki Minaj'. Fantasy was my reality."
While many songs and interviews imply that Minaj is bisexual, she has said that she does not date or have sex with women and added in another interview with Out magazine, "I don’t date men either."
Minaj has stated that artists who have influenced her musical style include Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Natasha Bedingfield, Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones M.I.A and Cyndi Lauper