Onika Maraj (Born December 8, 1984) known as Nicki Minaj is a female rapper from Southside Jamaica, Queens, NewYork. She grew up in a troubled home, with a father on drugs and a struggling single mother.
Minaj was noticed by rapper Lil' Wayne who immediately called Fendi to negotiate meeting Nicki. He was convinced by not only her different style of rapping, but her ability to full on write her own material that she was perfect to be the face of his Young Money label. The two collaborated on mixtape styled remakes of tracks such as "Sunshine", "Big Spender" and more recently a song entitled "Higher than a Kite" which uses T.I.'s "My Swag" beat. In April of 2007, she released her first mixtape entitled Playtime is Over. Where she posed as a Barbie doll on the cover. Lil' Wayne appeared on the track "Can't Stop, Won't Stop
Originally using her real last name Maraj, Nicki boasts she started calling herself Minaj because she started "eating chicks", with her vicious rap skills. Its pronounced as Menage, only spelled to compliment her real last name with a J instead of the traditional spelling.
Girl One: Did you hear that new Nicki Minaj song?
Girl Two: What, the autobiography song?
Girl One: Yes I love that song?
Girl Two: Me too she is such an inspiration!