Fans know her as Nicki Minaj, but she was born Onika Tanya Maraj in 1982. Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American, and was born in a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city. When Nicki Minaj was five her family relocated to Queens in New York City. Her high school specialized in music and performing arts, and Nicki Minaj took full advantage of the drama program there.
Nicki Minaj is known for her outlandish fashion sense and theatrical flow. Minaj began her career by releasing mixtapes, with the first one released in 2007. Minaj released two more mixtapes in 2008 and 2009 and began to catch the eye of labels as well as gaining coverage from BET and MTV. A few months after the release of her third mixtape, Nicki Minaj signed a record deal with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. After many successful collaborations with big-name artists like Kanye West, Drakeand Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj has established herself as one of the industry’s top MC’s.
Although Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, leaked already, the album was supposed to officially debut April 3, 2012. A track-by-track review on Billboard.com sees the first part of the album as a victory lap for her debut album. The second half of Roman Reloadedexplores Nicki Minaj’s pop side and features tracks with dance inspired lyrics. Overall, Roman Reloadedincludes tons of classic Nicki Minaj lyrical stunts and feel-good dance music. See the complete tracklist below!
Come on a Cone
I am Your Leader (featuring Rick Ross and Cam’ron)
Beez in the Trap (featuring 2 Chainz)
Roman Reloaded (featuring Lil Wayne)
Champion (featuring Nas, Drake and Young Jeezy)
Right by my Side (featuring Chris Brown)
Sex in the Lounge (featuring Lil Wayne and Bobby Valentino)
Pound the Alarm
Gun Shot (featuring Beenie Man)