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biography of nicki minaj

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1984), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (pronounced [mi?na?]), is a Trinidadian Hip hop and R&B recording artist and songwriter.[1][2][3][4][5] She first saw fame when she signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment and then later Cash Money Records.

In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown.[6] In Minaj's early career, she released three mixtapes, Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty.[7][8] Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper Lil Wayne and, after the three mixtapes, Minaj signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment.[9] After signing the deal, Minaj began working on her debut album, titled Pink Friday, which charted at number-two on the US Billboard 200, kept off the top spot by Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.[10] Minaj became the first artist ever to have seven songs within the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.[11] Her second single, "Your Love", reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002.[12] Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List[13] One month after the release of Pink Friday, Minaj's album gained a Platinum certification in the United States.[14] Minaj is known for collaborating with numerous artists and guest raps on many popular singles.

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