When I think [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm], I think crazy wigs, crazy duds, and crazy faces. Well, there are a lot of things I didn’t know about the “Super Bass” star!
Test your knowledge with these 20 fun facts about Nicki Minaj!
What’s Nicki’s Real Name?
#1. Nicki’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, a Trinidadian name. You can kinda see the “Nicki” part in “Onika!”
What Was Nicki Minaj’s Childhood Like?
#2. Life hasn’t always been peachy keen for Nicki. According to Minaj, her father drank heavily, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.
Where Did Nicki Minaj Grow Up?
#3. Nicki was born in Saint James, Trinidad. She lived there for five years with her Grandmother while her mother looked for a home in Queens. She moved here to NYC and attended LaGuardia High School!
What Are Nicki Minaj’s Alter-Egos?
#4. Nicki Minaj has created a lot of alter-egos! She claims the song “Bottoms Up” is sung by her twin “Roman Zolanski.”
And on her appearance on ‘The George Lopez Show” this year, she assumed a Latina alter-ego named “Rosa!” (See 3:20)
Does Nicki Minaj ‘Like’ Girls?
#5. Though Nicki Minaj prefers men, she dislikes being labeled ‘straight’ or ‘bisexual,’ saying “The point is, everyone is not black and white. There are so many shades in the middle…”
Who Discovered Nicki Minaj?
#6. Nicki Minaj was discovered by Lil’ Wayne, who was featured on the same rap-mix DVD.
How Many Collaborations Has Nicki Minaj Been In?
#7. Too many to count! Nicki has thrown down with Usher, Drake, Young Money, P. Diddy, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Eminem, Rihanna… In 2010, Nicki was featured on fourteen songs in the Billboard Top 100.
What Job Did Nicki Minaj Have As a Teen?
#8. Nicki worked at Red Lobster in the Bronx!
How Did Nicki Minaj Get Started In Music?
#9. After being involved with music and acting in high school, she eventually picked up rapping. She was signed to Young Money Entertainment, and released three mixtapes by 2007. Her second single “Your Love” topped the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Nicki the first female artist to hit #1 solo since 2002.
Any Other ‘Firsts’?
#10. Nicki Minaj was the first female rap artist to perform at Yankee Stadium!
Who Are Nicki Minaj’s Influences?
#11. Nicki Minaj cites a wide variety of influences, such as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Left Eye Lopez[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Wayne[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lauryn Hill[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Natasha Bedingfield[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foxy Brown[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Kim[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Missy Elliott[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cyndi Lauper[/lastfm]!
How Old Is Nicki Minaj?
#12. Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1982 and is 28-years old. She’s an ’80s baby just like Ke$ha!
What Awards Has Nicki Minaj Won?
#13. Nicki Minaj won this year’s BET Award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist. Last year she won the BET awards for People’s Champ, Rookie of the Year, and Made You Look categories. She’s been nominated for a Grammy award, MTV VMA award, and Teen Choice Award.
How Has Nicki Minaj Raised Money For Charity?
#14. Nicki Minaj has supported a number of charitable organizations, one of the most recent being her contribution to the “Songs for Japan” compilation CD, which raised money for the victims of the Japan earthquake.
She also performed at Green Auction: A Bid To Save The Earth in NYC in March 2011. The event raised over $2 million for environmentally conscious charities.
What’s Nicki Minaj’s Favorite Fast Food?
#15. Popeye’s Chicken!
Does Nicki Minaj Have Tattoos?
#16. Only one! (That we can see). On her left arm, Nicki has the Chinese characters for “God, you are always with me.”
How Many Siblings Does Nicki Minaj Have?
#17. Nicki Minaj has two brothers and one sister. Sounds like a big, fun, Trinidadian family!
How Tall Is Nicki Minaj?
#18. Nicki Minaj packs a punch in a 5’4″ frame!
Does Nicki Minaj Care About Being Sexy?
#19. Not really! In an interview with Interview, Minaj said, “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness, I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.”
What Does Nicki Love Most?
#20. Her shoes! She told OUT magazine that she doesn’t date women… but she also doesn’t date men. She probably wants to date her platforms!
Lil Wayne bought Nicki Minaj a pair of $3,965 Louboutins, which she wore on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
Nicki Minaj is so much more than her crazy wigs… but you gotta love those too.