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Nicki Minaj

Born 8 December 1982.
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Nicki Minaj talks to Semtex

Semtex catches up with Nicki Minaj.

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Biography

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, she gained public notability after releasing the mixtapes Playtime is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). Minaj subsequently signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.

Her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010) peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and spawned the top-ten single "Super Bass". During its promotional campaign, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Minaj earned her second number-one album in the United States with her follow-up Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), in which its lead single "Starships" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was reissued as an expanded version subtitled The Re-Up several months following its initial launch. Minaj has served as a voice actress in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012 and made her acting debut in the 2014 film The Other Woman. In 2013, Minaj appeared as a main judge on the twelfth season of American Idol. Her upcoming third studio album The Pinkprint (2014) is scheduled to be released in 2014.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up

    Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up 2012

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    Features several new songs showcasing Minaj's impressive flow.
  2. Review of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

    Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 2012

    Reviewed by Al Fox
    This second studio album cements Minaj’s reputation as a truly unique entity.
  3. Review of Pink Friday

    Pink Friday 2010

    Reviewed by Adam Kennedy
    When she’s on fire nobody in hip hop can extinguish her talents.
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