Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982, in Trinidad and Tobago but now lives in New York City, New York, United States), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-American, rapper and singer-songwriter signed to a joint venture between Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment and Universal Motown. After releasing several mixtapes and building substantial buzz online her debut album, Pink Friday, was released on November 22, 2010. In October 2010, Minaj became the first female rapper to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Minaj has been creating mixtape tracks since 2004 and appeared in XXL magazine. In 2008 she won the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards.
Pink Friday's lead buzz track, Massive Attack, features singer-rapper Sean Garrett and was released on April 13th 2010, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Songs chart. Your Love, the album's second single, was released on June 1st following a premature leak. The song peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the Rap Songs chart, thus becoming Minaj's most successful single release at the time.
The follow up to Minaj's number one album Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded also debuted at the top of the charts. The album contained the multi-platinum single Starships. Minaj's latest album The Pinkprint was released in 2014. The single Anaconda peaked at number 2 on the Billboard charts, thus becoming her highest single entry to date.
Nicki Minaj has a total of 84 entries on Billboard Hot 100 chart, the most ever for a female artist. She won the best female hip-hop artist award at the BET awards every year from 2010 to 2017.
Minaj also holds the most critically acclaimed rap verse ever by a female (Monster).
Minaj has reached 100 million total records sold worldwide, making her the first female rapper to achieve this.
After 4 months of a social media hiatus and 1 year without solo music, Nicki Minaj returned with 2 singles in Spring 2018, "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li". The latter song reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her 16th single to do so. The singles preceded her untitled upcoming 4th studio album.