Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (pronounced /mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is a hip hop and R&B recording artist who rose to fame after becoming a member of the rapping group Young Money. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, but moved to the Queens borough of New York City as a child and graduated from LaGuardia High School in 2003.


Minaj began her music career in 2007 after she released her first mixtape Playtime Is Over. The mixtape followed by mixtapes, Sucka Free and Beam Me Up Scotty which were released in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Minaj had her first label success after fellow American rapper, Lil Wayne discovered and secured a record deal with her with Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown In August 2009.

She released her first debut album, Pink Friday in 2010 which became a commercial success, peaking at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200. and was later certificated platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release. She became the first artist ever to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. She also became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List.

Currently Nicki Minaj has been nominated for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammies.


  • Playtime is Over [2007]
  • Sucka Free [2008]
  • Beam Me Up Scotty [2009]

Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Pink Friday [2010]
  • Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded [2012]
  • Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded...The Re-Up [2012]

Promotional SinglesEdit

  • Roman's Revenge (feat. Eminem) [2010] (dance, rock elettronico)
  • Roman In Moscow [2011] (rap, electronica)
  • Stupid Hoe [2011] (comedy dance, R&B, rap)
  • Roman Reloaded (feat. Lil' Wayne) [2012] (dance, rock elettronico, europop)


  • Massive Attack (feat. Sean Garrett) [2010] (rap, eurodance)
  • Your Love [2010] (rap, R&B)
  • Check It Out (feat. [2010] (electropop, dance pop)
  • Right Through Me [2010] (rap)
  • Moment For Life [2010] (rap, R&B)
  • Roman's Revenge - Remix (feat. Lil' Wayne) [2011] (dance, trance, rap)
  • Did It On 'Em [2011] (dance, rap)
  • Girls Fall Like Dominoes [2011] (rap)
  • Super Bass [2011] (electronica, rap, dance)
  • Fly (feat. Rihanna) [2011] (rap, neo soul)
  • Starships [2012] (eurodance, electronica, dance)
  • Right By My Side (feat. Chris Brown) [2012] (rap, R&B)
  • Beez In The Trap (feat. 2 Chainz) [2012] (rap, eurodance, electronica, rap dance)
  • Pound The Alarm [2012] (electronica, eurodance, house, dance, electrorap)
  • The Boys (feat. Cassie) [2012] (electrorap, electronica, pop)
  • Freedom [2012] (rap, R&B, soul)
  • High School (feat. Lil' Wayne) [2013] (rap, R&B)
  • Anaconda [2014] (rap, dance}
  • Only (feat. Drake, Lil' Wayne, Chris Brown) [2014] (rap)
  • Feeling Myself (feat. Beyoncé) [2014] (rap, R&B)
  • Bed of Lies (feat. Skylar Grey) [2014] (pop, rap)
  • The Night Is Still Young [2015] (electropop, rap)

Singles as a Featured ArtistEdit

  • All I Do Is Win - Remix (DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe & Swizz Beatz) [2010] (dance)
  • Hello Good Morning - Remix (Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj) [2010] (rap, dance pop)
  • Up Out My Face (Mariah Carey feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (soul, rap)
  • My Chick Bad (Ludacris feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (rap, electropop)
  • Lil' Freak (Usher feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (rap)
  • Get It All (Sean Garrett feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (trance, rap)
  • Woohoo (Christina Aguilera feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (dance pop, pop)
  • Bottoms Up (Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (rap, R&B)
  • 2012 (It Ain't The End of The World) (Jay Sean feat Nicki Minaj) [2010] (rap, pop)
  • Letting Go (Dutty Love) (Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (soul, jazz, rap)
  • Monster (Kanye West feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver) [2010] (rock, rap, industrial)
  • I Ain't Through (Keyshia Cole feat Nicki Minaj) [2010] (rap, pop)
  • Raining Men (Rihanna feat. Nicki Minaj) [2010] (dance, pop, rap)
  • The Creep (The Lonely Island feat. Nicki Minaj) [2011] (comedy rap, pop)
  • Where Them Girls At (David Guetta feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj) [2011] (house, electronica, eurodance)
  • 'Till The World Ends - Remix (Britney Spears feat. Nicki Ninaj & Ke$ha) [2011] (eurodance, trance, dance)
  • Y.U. Mad (Birdman feat. Nicki Minaj & Lil' Wayne) [2011] (rap, R&B)
  • You The Boss (Rick Ross feat. Nicki Minaj) [2011] (pop)
  • Fireball (Willow feat. Nicki Minaj [2011] (dance, rap)
  • Make Me Proud (Drake feat. Nicki Minaj) [2011] (rap, R&B)
  • Dance (A$$) (Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj) [2011] (rap, dance, electronica)
  • Turn Me On (David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj) [2011] (house, electronica, eurodance)
  • Give Me All Your Luvin' (Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A) [2012] (rock, dance, rap)
  • Take It To The Head (DJ Khaled; Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj & Lil' Wayne) [2012] (rap, electronica)
  • Get Low (Waka Flocka Flame feat. Nicki Minaj, Tyga and Flo Rida) [2012] (rap, house)
  • Out of My Mind (B.o.B feat. Nicki Minaj) [2012] (alternative dance, horror rap)
  • I Luv Dem Strippers (2 Chainz feat. Nicki Minaj) [2012] (rap, R&B)
  • Beauty and the Beat (Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj) [2012] (europop, dance pop, electronica)
  • Fefe (6ix9ine feat. Nicki Minaj and Murder Beatz) [2018] (rap, trap, hip-hop)


  • Nicki Minaj was one of the judges in American Idol 2013.
    • She was considered the "bad judge" while Mariah Carey was the "good judge".