Onika Tanya Maraj, aka Nicki Minaj, is a famous American rapper, singer, songwriter, vocal actress, and a television superstar. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. As a child, Nicki grew up with a severe drug addict and abusive father. The atmosphere at home was not so child friendly as there was a lot of domestic violence. She was moved to Queens, New York at the age of 5. Minajâ€™s not-so-perfect childhood fueled her ambitions to become a superstar later in life. Very few people know that Minaj used to sing as a backup singer for the local New York City Rappers group before she became so popular. Some of the interesting facts about Nicki Minaj Are:
Fact 1: Nicki Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad. Her grandmother took care of her before she moved to Queens, New York with her mother.
Fact 2: Nicki Minajâ€™s childhood was filled with grief and violence as her father was severely addicted to drugs and also tried to kill Minajâ€™s mother by setting the house on fire.
Fact 3: Nicki Minaj always believes in fantasy. Her very first name was Cookie which was later changed to Harajuku Barbie and finally what we know now â€œNicki Minaj.â€
Fact 4: Nicki Minajâ€™s first breakthrough as a rapper was with Lilâ€™ Wayne.
Fact 5: Nicki Minaj has worked with almost all the big names in music. To name a few, Usher, Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Young Money, P. Diddy, and the list goes on.
Fact 6: In 2010, Nicki Minajâ€™s songs topped the charts of Billboardâ€™s Top 100.
Fact 7: Nicki also took up a job at the Red Lobster restaurant as a waitress before she made it big in the musical field.
Fact 8: Nicki Minaj developed an interest in music and drama while in high school.
Fact 9: Nicki Minaj is the first female singer to top Billboardâ€™s Hot Rap Songs chart since 2002.
Fact 10: Nicki Minaj has been a part of a lot of charitable and fund-raising organizations.