PinkFriday2: 10 interesting facts about Nicki Minaj

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Multiple-award-winning music star, Nicki Minaj just released Pink Friday 2, her fifth studio album and it has grabbed the attention of fans and foes alike.

The Herald brings 10 interesting facts that you might not know about the 41-year-old global star.

  1. Early Acting Career: Before her rap career took off, Nicki Minaj studied acting at the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She even appeared in films like “The Other Woman” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut.”
  2. Humble Beginnings: Before stardom, Nicki worked at Red Lobster restaurants in New York City. She has openly spoken about this experience, acknowledging her journey from humble beginnings to the top of the music industry.
  3. Name Origins: Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She combined “Onika” with “Ménage à trois” to create the stage name “Nicki Minaj,” adding a touch of intrigue and provocation.
  4. Musical Evolution: Before settling on “Nicki Minaj,” she used the stage name “Nicki Maraj.” Her sound has also evolved, starting with mixtapes like “Playtime is Over” and incorporating pop influences in later albums like “Pink Friday.”
  5. Trinidadian Roots: Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki has African, Trinidadian, and Indo-Asian ancestry, contributing to her vibrant personality and diverse musical style.
  6. Personal Quirks: Nicki is acrophobic (afraid of heights), dislikes cats, and prefers dogs. She also has a tattoo in Chinese on her left arm that reads “God is with me always.”
  7. Record-Breaking Chart Success: Nicki has achieved immense success on the Billboard charts, holding the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries among female rappers. She has also won numerous awards, including American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
  8. Business Savvy: Beyond music, Nicki has expanded her brand with endorsement deals with major brands like Pepsi and MAC Cosmetics. She also served as a judge on American Idol, showcasing her talent beyond rapping.
  9. Philanthropic Efforts: Nicki actively supports various charities, including the Robin Hood Foundation, which helps fight poverty in New York City.
  10. Cultural Icon: Nicki Minaj is not just a successful musician; she is a cultural icon who has broken barriers and inspired countless fans. Her bold personality, outspokenness, and unapologetic confidence have redefined the role of women in hip-hop and beyond.


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