30 Things You Didn't Know about Nicki Minaj

May 27, 2014 By:
30 Things You Didn't Know about Nicki Minaj
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1. Nicki's real name is Onika Tanya Maraj.

2. She was born in St. James, Trinidad and Tobago, and moved to Queens, New York when she was five.

3. Her birthday is December 8,1982. She's a Sag'.

4. She is of Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry.

5. Nicki had a not-so-pleasant upbringing. Her father was an abusive alcoholic and drug addict who tried to set their house on fire.

6. She always had female empowerment on her mind: "I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be...If I'm successful, I can change her life."

7. When she was eight, she wanted to be a bus driver.

8. She attended LaGuardia High School, where she participated in the drama program.

9.  Nicki can play the clarinet, but doesn't find it sexy.

10. She waitressed at Red Lobster in the Bronx before her big break, and hated it. She advises everyone to NOT order extra bread!

11. Her favorite show is "Judge Judy." She thinks Judy is "just straightforward, but she doesn't realize that she's really -- in her next life -- a comedian."

12. Nicki loves cooking and thinks she's "the best cook on the planet."

13. She was discovered by Dirty Money Records founder Big Fendi via her Myspace.

14. Nicki released three mixtapes and was featured in over 30 tracks before her first album came out.

15. Her debut LP Pink Friday hit #1 in America and made her the first female hip-hop artist in twelve years with a #1 album. 

16. If Nicki were president, the first thing she would do is legalize illegal U-turns.

17. She admits to getting a bit of work done on her booty to enhance her figure.

18. Nicki made her acting debut in The Other Woman.

19. Although Nicki prefers men, she dislikes the labels of "straight, bisexual, gay" because she believes "Everyone is not black and white. There are many shades in the middle."

20. She was the first female rapper to make the Forbes Top Hip-Hop Earners list.

21. Nicki has been in an on-and-off relationship with boyfriend Safaree Samuels. He has three tattoos dedicated to her. *whip crack*

22. She absolutely loves shoes, and once spent over $50K on shoes in less than a month.

23. Britney wasn't the only starlet that MDNA has shared a smooch with. Nicki received a kiss from the pop icon on her 29th birthday. 


24. Nicki has an extreme sweet tooth. She looooves Kit Kats, Twix Bars, and Rice Krispies.

25. Mattel created a one-of-a-kind Nicki Minaj barbie, which was auctioned for charity. 

26. She admits to hating texting and talking on the phone.

27. Nicki plans on writing a book about her life. 

28. Her favorite color is...you guessed it, PINK! 

29. Nicki's favorite rapper is Jay Z. She was so inspired by The Blueprint that she named her forthcoming album The Pink Print.

30. She plans to take over the world.