Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1984, and grew up in Queens, New York. She is of African, Trinidadian and Indo-Asian descent.[2] She graduated from LaGuardia High School in Manhattan where she studied singing and acting.[3]

Minaj was discovered on MySpace by Dirty Money CEO Fendi, who signed her to his Dirty Money label. After appearing on The Carter Edition of Young Money's The Come Up DVD series, Minaj was contacted by Lil Wayne. The two collaborated on a number of mixtape tracks.[4] In April 2007, she released her first mixtape, Playtime Is Over, where she posed as a Barbie doll on the cover. Lil Wayne appeared on the track "Can't Stop, Won't Stop".

In 2008, Minaj released her mixtape, Sucka Free. She appeared in the July issue of XXL magazine, giving a brief overview of her life up to that point in time. Later that year, Minaj won Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards.[5]

Nicki Minaj released Beam Me Up Scotty, another mixtape, in 2009. It received generally positive coverage on the of both BET and MTV.[6][7]

In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distributution from Universal Motown wherein she will release her debut studio album in 2010.[8] Minaj also featured on Jeffree Star's 2009 album Beauty Killer on the track "Lollipop Luxury".

2010: Untitled Debut Album
2007: Playtime Is Over
2008: Sucka Free
2009: Beam Me Up Scotty
2009: BedRock (with Young Money)
2009: Married In The Club
Featured Singles
2009: Yo Gotti - 5 Star Remix (Feat. Gucci Mane, Trina & Nicki Minaj)
2009: Birdman - Grindin Making Money (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
2009: Lloyd - Take It Off (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
2009: Robin Thicke - Shakin It For Daddy (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
^ Starbury, Allen (2009) "Nicki Minaj Wants Fans To Focus On Her Music, Not Her Sexy Image", BallerStatus, 21 May 2009
^ McGarry, Kevin (2009) "The New Queen Bee | Meet Nicki Minaj", New York Times, 4 June 2009
^ Jeffries, David (2009) "Nicki Minaj Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 13 June 2009
^ "FEATURE: Nicki Minaj:Climax", XXL, 24 November 2008
^ "Nicki Minaj - Beware Sucka MCs", HipHopRuckus, 28 August 2008
^ Reid, Shaheem (2009) "Lil Wayne Introduces Nicki Minaj", MTV, 4 May 2009
^ "SoundOff TV: One On One With LowKey & Nicki Minaj", BET, 1 May 2009
^ Stewart, Justin (2009) "Nicki Minaj Officially Becomes A Young Money Millionaire", 31 August 2009,