Taking the world by a storm with her sensational back to back hits, this Trinidadian rapper is a bit of a drama queen. Gorgeous makeovers and flamboyant hairdos mark her personality with fierceness on the stage. She speaks her mind and never fears anyone. Her songs strike a chord with the heart of her audiences.
No celebrity is a celebrity if they do not have a few controversies to their name, and so she does have a few to her name too. New York Times hailed her as the most influential rapper, and the world knows her as Nicki Minaj. Let’s look at the success story of Nicki Minaj and her net worth in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Nicki Minaj was born as Onika Tanya Maraj on 8th of December, 1982 in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Her mother, Carol Maraj, and her Father, Rober Maraj, moved to Queens, New York City, New York. This is where Nicki spent her formative years.
She attended LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, New York. The primary stress of the school was on visual and performing arts.
Nicki Minaj came out of a fourteen-year relationship with her boyfriend, Safaree Samuels. They were together since 2000. The separation took place in 2014. Nicki also dated rapper Meek Mill until 2017. The personal life of Nicki finds reflection in her songs. For instance, she had to go through an abortion during her teenage years, and this fact resonates in her song “All Things Go.”
She has also done a lot of philanthropic work. She paid the tuition fees of several of her fans and intends to start a charity for the same.
Career, Awards & Achievements:
Nicki Minaj aspired to be an actress ever since she was a young girl and in 2001 she began her career with a role in the Off-Broadway play “In Case You Forget.” She began her rapping career with the Brooklyn group “Full Force.” She rapped in a quartet “The Hood$tars.” She signed a contract with Dirty Money Entertainment in 2007 for 180 days.
In 2007, Nicki came out with her very first mixtape titled “Playtime Is Over.” In 2008 and 2009 she released “Sucka Free” and “Beam Me Up, Scotty.” The number “I get Crazy” reached to the rank of 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. A major breakthrough in her music career came with “Pink Friday” in 2010. Within a week 375,000 copies were sold. She got nominated for a Grammy for “My Chick Bad.” Her discography includes “Pink Friday” (2010), “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” (2012), “The Pinkprint” (2014) & “Queen” (2018). She has also worked in films such as “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012), “The Other Woman” (2014) and “Barbershop: The Next Cut” (2016).
The accolades she has collected over the years include 6 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 MTV Europe Music Awards, 2 People’s Choice Awards and till 2016 she had received 10 Grammy nominations.
Net Worth & Earning
As of 2018, The net worth of Nicki Minaj is $100 million. The earning comes from records, tickets, live performances, and endorsements. For “Pink Friday” she collaborated with MAC cosmetics which sold a lipstick called “Pink 4 Friday”. She earned a sum of $12 million as a judge in American Idol Season 12. She is also one of the co-owners of Tidal. She has endorsement agreements with Adidas, Pepsi, Nokia and many more.
Nicki Minaj struggled from quite an early age. She worked as a waitress and got fired a number of times but what she held in her hand was hope. To create herself a success story she started sending her music works to several artists which eventually worked in her favor.