Who is Nicki Minaj?

2010-07-31 14:08

If Patricia Lewis is the blonde Barbie of South Africa, then Nicki Minaj is the black Barbie of the United States.

The gap left by former glory rap queens Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim and Eve sees the emergence of an all-new rap princess in the form of Minaj.

Her buxom figure and full lips, combined with in-your-face, no holds-barred lyrics have made Minaj – who was ­discovered on MySpace – a cult figure.

Born Onika Tanya Maraj, she first ­debuted in 2007 on a mix-tape and posed as a Barbie doll on the cover. ­

Minaj collaborated on various tracks with Lil’ Wayne and soon enough was signed to his record label, Young ­Money Records.

Much like her fellow rappers, the ­25-year-old newbie admits to growing up in an abusive household where her ­father once tried to kill her mother.

Minaj’s appearance on numerous ­hit singles at the same time – like ­Omarion’s BedRock, the Young Money collective’s RogerThat, Sean Paul’s ­Letting Go and My Chick Bad with ­Ludacris – turned her into an instant success.

The multiple exposure on songs and videos along with her constant ­tweeting and Vibe magazine’s obsession with her saw Minaj rising up the fame scale.

She also grabbed people’s ­attention ­after admitting to having ­various identities and personalities – Cookie, Harajuku Barbie, Nicki Minaj and Roman Zolanski are just some of her alter egos.

She said in an interview: “On my ­debut album fans will get to meet Nicki, Roman and Onika ­before the year ends. I do lots of weird voices and kind of act out my raps.”

In a recent interview with Slumz.boxden.com she said: “What makes me different is that (when I rap) I can take my boobs out and a guy can’t.”

Minaj has kept her ­idiosyncrasies coming thick and fast. In an interview with Vibe magazine she ­admitted to ­being bi-curious and ­stated: “I say girls are beautiful and girls are sexy. If they don’t have anyone to tell them that and mean it, I’m gonna tell them that.”

She then added: “I think we’ll see one openly gay ­rapper in my lifetime.”

The sexy rapper ­announced on ­Twitter that she would be releasing her debut album on November 23.

Minaj’s notoriety as a sidekick in the rap game may have led to her rise to fame, but whether she can hold her own when her album debuts remains to be seen.

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