The music industry is littered with talents and personalities all banking on certain quirks and qualities that allow them to stand out from the rest. Nicki Minaj is a shining example of what it means to make the most of differences to show audiences the true talent behind originality.
From Humble Beginnings
Onika Tanya Maraj was born on December 8, 1982, in Trinidad and Tobago. Known better today by her stage name, Nicki Minaj, Maraj was the daughter of Robert Maraj, a financial executive, and Carol Maraj. Nicki Minaj grew up watching her father battle with an alcohol and drug addiction.
Nicki Minaj moved to the Bronx with her grandmother and attended Monroe College. Minaj then moved on to audition for admission into the LaGuardia High School in Manhattan – a school dedicated to the performing arts. Here, her talents flourished and she graduated after just a few short years. She wanted to become an actress and found herself landing a role in the off-Broadway play In Case Your Forget. Sadly, her acting career was short of spectacular, which caused Minaj to seek out other options.
She started off with small-time label Full Force where Minaj rapped as part of a singing group. Minaj left the group in search for a solo career, and started making the most of websites like Myspace. She uploaded samples and reached out to talent scouts in the hopes of snagging a deal. She released several mixtapes and was signed on with Young Money Entertainment.
Minaj released “Your Love” as the first single from her first ever record album, and this peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Minaj released numerous other titles since then, and has solidified her name alongside other contemporaries such as Katy Perry and Jessie J.
Assets and Net Worth
Nicki Minaj has accumulated her hefty net worth through concert tours, endorsements, YouTube partnerships, music sales, investments, brands, advertising campaigns, and other business ventures. Thanks to all her hard work, talent, and perseverance, Nicki Minaj now enjoys a hefty and handsome net worth of $65 million USD. Nicki Minaj has spent millions of dollars on properties and estates scattered throughout the United States and several other locations around the globe. Nicki Minaj also has an impressive collection of vehicles, jewelry, and designer clothing, all of which she admits to being an avid fan and enthusiast.