Nicki Minaj’s rise to superstardom was not an easy road. The Pink Friday raptress shares her inspiring journey—from working at Red Lobster to becoming the reigning queen of hip-hop—during a one-hour special on E!
A determined Nicki, born Onika Tanya Maraj, moved from Trinidad to New York at a young age and studied theater at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art before pursuing a career in rap and eventually getting signed to Young Money by Lil Wayne.
Follow along as the eccentric star speaks about growing up poor and seeing her family struggle, the fifth grade teacher who “changed her life,” stealing her dad’s car before she got her license, and how Lil Wayne almost cut her verse from “BedRock.”
The show includes commentary from her parents and childhood friends, along with Lil Wayne, Swizz Beatz, DJ Clue, and Laurieann Gibson.
Here is the full Nicki Minaj E! Special which premiered tonight. Download the file here.
“It was kinda like jumping off a cliff and seeing if I had a parachute in my back pocket” pop folkie Jason Reeves says of covering hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” for this week’s Mashup Monday.
But rather than plummeting like a stone and crashing, the midwestern singer/songwriter floats gracefully to earth with his acoustic cover of Minaj’s hit 2011 ballad/rap, while still managing to retain its hip-hop flavor by transmuting her flow into a spoken word vibe.
“I did start out making hip-hop music in Iowa when I was in high school,” avowed Minaj fan Reeves reveals. “Way before I ever learned how to play guitar [or] started writing songs, I was actually recording raps.”