Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, songwriter and actress. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj received public notice after releasing the mixtapes Playtime is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008) and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). She signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday (2010), peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. During its promotional campaign, Minaj became the first female solo artist with seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and, with the single "Your Love", the first female rapper to solely top the Billboard Rap Songs chart in eight years. Her second number-one album in the U.S. was the follow-up Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), whose lead single ("Starships") became a global success. The album was then reissued in an expanded version, subtitled The Re-Up. Minaj's third album, The Pinkprint, is scheduled for release on November 24, 2014. Its second single, "Anaconda", peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date.