It has been a great year for entertainer Nicki Minaj and she has much more in store!
She's a new judge on the hit show American Idol, has her own reality show coming out with E Network and she'll be kicking off a European tour with celebrity ambassador, Tyga. As if that wasn't enough, she has a new album coming out, too!
Influenced by the unpredictable rhymes of Missy Elliot along with attitudes of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, Queens native Nicki Minaj was discovered thanks to her MySpace page.
It was there that Dirty Money Entertainment CEO Fendi first heard her ability to freestyle and first laid eyes on her. With a background in the performing arts thanks to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art — the school that had inspired the movie Fame — Minaj was a perfect fit for Fendi’s urban DVD magazine, The Come Up. She appeared in numerous volumes, including number 11, which spotlighted her future label boss, superstar rapper Lil Wayne.
“I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a business woman there isn’t a single day where I don’t use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success. Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be.”
Through Fendi, Wayne contacted Minaj and signed her to his Young Money label. They began to build her career through mixtapes like Lil Wayne’s Dedication 3 and Minaj’s own Sucka Free. Meanwhile, appearances on various remixes — everything from T.I.’s “No Matter What” to Jeffree Star’s club track “Cupcakes Taste Like Violence” — helped spread the word. The big breakthrough came when Wayne added his rhymes to her “High as a Kite” single, a mixtape favorite in 2008.
Her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010) became a commercial success, peaking atop of the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release. She became the first artist ever to have seven songs within 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.
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