|Artist Birtday :||08/12/1982 (Age 36)|
|Born In :||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Occupation(s) :||Singer - Song-writer|
|Genres :||Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Dance|
|Agent :||Universal Motown / Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records|
|Web Site :||www.mypinkfriday.com|
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. Born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York City, New York, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).
Nicki Minaj Influences
Minaj cites Foxy Brown and Jay-Z as major influences: “I really loved [Foxy] as a female rapper. I was really interested in her mind and her aura [and] I was really, really into Jay-Z. Me and my friends in high school, we were reciting all of the Jay lyrics. His words were our words in our conversations all the time.” She said, further: “I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you’ve gotta tell people that when they’re alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they’re no longer here”, adding that Foxy Brown was “the most influential female rapper” for her, though she initially was compared to Lil Kim when she first debuted. Nicki and Lil Kim, often cited as Foxy’s main rap rival, have reportedly exchanged words with each other, on social media and in their music.
Jada Pinkett Smith is one of Minaj’s role models in her acting career. Minaj was inspired by R&B singer Monica, singing “Why I Love You So Much” at every talent show she entered. Performing in Atlanta on her Pink Friday Tour, she called Monica one of her all-time greatest musical influences. Minaj has also cited Beyoncé, Kanye West, Trina and Drake as influences.