Friday Feature: Nicki Minaj…The New HBIC

By GrandaddyDIOR

Its been a minute since Missy ‘hit ’em with the hee’ and told us why she is ‘supa dupa fly’. Have we forgotten about Lil’ Kim’s crush or Foxy’s ill na na? What the hell happened to the female emcees? The Queen is a Cover Girl, MC Lyte has long retired and a few other names just fell through the cracks. Does that mean that Nicki Minaj is the new HBIC? I sure think so.

Nicki Minaj is the first female hot spitter in a long time, many think she is the full package…literally. Her name in itself is controversial, does she really do threesomes? Does this mean that she likes girls? Who is she sleeping with? Regardless of the opinions, rumors,and facts. Nicki works hard. She is featured on new songs with Mariah Carey, Usher, Gucci Mane and of course Lil’ Wayne. She is one of the faces of the Young Money label and she has all the teenage girls thinking they’re Harajuku Barbie dolls (whatever the hell that means). Basically what I’m saying is, Nicki Minaj is making her mark in the rap game.

According to her fan site, Nicki Minaj was born Onika Maraj in Jamaica Queens, New York. She was born into a family with a drug addicted father and struggling mother. After high school graduation she worked as an administrative assistant and part-time singer. At this time she was laying down hooks and background vocals for local rappers. Nicki wanted to stand out from being just another aspiring singer and began to write raps instead. She was known by her last name “Maraj” but says she  later changed it to “Minaj” because of the way she was “eating chicks” on the mic.

Nicki’s talents got her noticed on Myspace by an independent label called Dirty Money (no Diddy involved). When the Dirty Money label put together “The Come Up” DVD series, Nicki was scouted by Lil’ Wayne who was eager to meet with her. Wayne’s plan to was to make her the mistress of YM.

In 2007, she dropped her first mixtape entitled, ‘Playtime is Over’. The cover showed Nicki packaged inside the casing of a doll box, from then on Barbie was born. Her second mixtape, ‘Sucka Free’ was released in 2008 and stirred up controversy as she posed with her legs open on mixtape’s promotional posters as a tribute to the Queen Bee, Lil’ Kim. Nicki later said that she did it to “pull people in”…well in that case I’m all in! Later in 2008,  Nicki won Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards.

Her third mixtape, “Beam Me Up Scotty” was released in April 2009, with mass appeal. In a July interview with XXL magazine Nicki made reference to Rihanna’s words, “I got my mind on my money and I’m not going nowhere”. She said that those lyrics keep her focused on what’s important in her career, the dollar signs. With the kind of buzz she is accumulating, the world better watch out for Ms. Minaj in 2010.

Here’s a clip from the 2008 Come Up DVD series, never mind the Baby Phat purse.


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