10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is one of the biggest female artists in Hollywood right now and been ranked as one of the most influential female rappers of all time. She’s sold 20 million singles as a solo artist, and 60 million as a featured artist. This singer and songwriter rose to fame with hits like “Starships” and “Super Bass” in 2012, and her more recent single, “Anaconda,” which peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and is the highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. Minaj does a lot more than rap — she was also a judge on the 12th season of American Idol, made her film debut in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift and held supporting roles in movies like The Other Woman and Barbershop: The Next Cut. Nicki Minaj turns 35 on December 8, so here’s a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about her!
10. Abusive Father
Her childhood was extremely rough because her father, Omar Miraj, was abusive and a drug addict. She told Ellen DeGeneres that she used to lock herself up in her room to escape all the arguing and that’s when she used to write. Minaj described one incident when her mother had a dream he was going to burn the house down, and so she told Minaj and her siblings had to go sleep somewhere else that night. Sure enough, the next night, he set their house of fire. Minaj has said that her father was never actually physically abusive to her, but rather he got angry a lot and was verbally abusive to her mother.
9. Her Mother
Nicki Minaj is very close with her mother, Nina. She was raised by her grandmother in Trinidad because her mother left to go to America to establish a better life. “When you’re from the islands, your parents leave and then send for you because it’s easier when they have established themselves; when they have a place to stay, when they have a job. I thought it was gonna be for a few days, it turned into two years without my mother,” she said in an MTV documentary. When she was five, she finally moved to Queens, New York with her mother. But the American dream wasn’t what she expected because shortly after they moved to New York, her father became addicted to crack. “It was right in the crack era. We didn’t know, but he fell victim to crack shortly after he moved to America,” she said.