Nicki Minaj was born in Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.
She moved with her family to Queens, New York, when she was five years old and has overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful hip-hop artist.
Determined to make it in the music business, Minaj took on backup singing roles for local New York City rappers, including Full Force.
Soon, she began writing her own material. She was eventually discovered by the Dirty Money CEO Fendi, who came across Minaj’s MySpace page, loved what he heard, and signed her to his label.