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Nicki Minaj

Influenced by the unpredictable rhymes of Missy Elliot along with the sexually charged 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 steamy set of promo shots. With killer curves she was obviously proud to flaunt, plus 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. 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 for Minaj came when Wayne added his rhymes to her "High as a Kite" single, a mixtape favorite in 2008. The year 2009 would see more guest appearances and mixtapes, including the Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape, featuring the street single "I Get Crazy." In 2010, the singles "Your Love" and "Check It Out" preceded the release of her official debut album, Pink Friday, which debuted that November at number two on the Billboard 200 and went platinum. She earned a handful of 2011 Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. An all-out media blitz followed between albums with extravagant performances at award shows across the globe, an appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and joining Madonna -- alongside M.I.A. -- for her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

In early 2012, the Eurodance-influenced single "Starships" signaled the coming of her official sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, an album built around her devil-may-care alter ego "Roman Zolanski." Guest artists included Nas, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, and Beenie Man, while production came from the likes of RedOne, Dr. Luke, and Ke'Noe. The album hit number one on the U.S. album charts, driven by a Top Ten showing for "Starships." "Pound the Alarm," and "Va Va Voom" also reached the Top 40. By the end of 2012, Minaj had been announced as a judge for the twelfth season of American Idol, although she left at the end of the season. It hardly affected her success, as she set two career records during 2013: most-charted female rapper in the history of Billboard's singles chart, and the first person to win Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards four times in a row. She also announced that her third studio album, tentatively titled The Pink Print, would appear in 2014. First single "Lookin A**" featured on the Young Money compilation Rise of an Empire, released in March. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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Comments

ncdreamyeyes
Hi
chilloutslut _
Michellerodr i g u e z
HEY GIRL
Follow me and I'll follow back!
Love starships ������
Omg love strarships ��❤️
Oh..Nicki please stop taking these pills and potions.. Every time you have them u see ANACONDAS AND START TWERKING IT MAKES NO SENSE!!!
Hello nicki minaj do you was to be my girlfriend nicki this is Jalen
You nice��
Love you NIKI ♥
I thought that in pills and potions shes gonna keep it classy and graceful��
nicki minaj girl i love all your song
^___^
So cool
So cool
I love it
Love your song girl
New nicki Minaj music 2014
Love andaconda lol great song
Love Roman reloaded
I love the song anaconda
I love anaconda
Go follow me foe a follow plz loves yas <3
Bang my s**t bang ba ba bang
wtamron
What's your secreat to your boody
I am nine I going to be ten
I love you nicki
I love your songs but can you live in celeland place

Love Anaconda
TWERK IT!!!!!!!!!! ! !
cris.sotelo2 8
Lol I love this song .. I was at a party and we heard this song EVERYONE STARTED TWEAKING����
ANACONDA!!!! ! !
I love this song TWEREK
For real tho lol I'm rapping to Anaconda as we speak lol
YOU'RE LIFE!
I love your songs
redneck.barb i e . s i r
Pills and potions <3
I love all your songs nicki
evesmarq
Jasmyn
Love andaconda and you just some things were not needed in some of you performances there were kids watching but good dancer
Love you Nicki your bad af
ryleebear05
Love you so much!!!!
ursdunn77
Love you so much
ursdunn77
Love you
ursdunn77
Love you and that song
ursdunn77
Hi I like your song annacona
Follow me on INSTAGRAM @Andrew Looker
My anaconda don't want nun unless you got buns Hun!
NICKI IS QUEEN. If you think differently. . . . Sorry for you...
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