Summer Sensations 09: Nicki Minaj
WHO IS NICKI MINAJ?
Any encounter with Nicki Minaj will arouse a heightened sense that there’s more to her than meets the eye and inspire the desire to experience this modern day “Wonder Woman”.
The 23 year old native of Jamaica, New York (Queens, Southside) is a writer, singer, actress and hip-hop artist. Her “Wonder Woman” characteristics are embodied in the three facets of Nicki Minaj: Nicki the Ninja, Nicki the Harajuku Barbie and Nicki the Boss.
Nicki the Ninja is a hip-hop lyrical assassin who’s sometimes naughty. Nicki the Harajuku Barbie accentuates the qualities of an imaginative, fun fashionista that loves all things pink. This is also the muse who ignites the transformation of Nicki’s performances as an R&B/pop singer and future rock star icon. Nicki the Boss is the austere business woman that always thinks outside of the box.
Nicki honed her ability and star potential at the renowned New York school of performing arts featured in the movie and TV series FAME. It wasn’t long before she began to attract the attention of local producers and hip-hop artists. She was reluctant at first to cast herself as a rapper due to the thought the industry would attempt to limit her to one thing, when she knew that she was so much more. She accepted the challenge and has embarked on the journey of a female emcee in a hip-hop world dominated by males.
It wasn’t long before her lyrical skills were sought after by rap powerhouse Lil Wayne. Success was inevitably achieved with her critically acclaimed performance credit on the The Come Up DVD and mixtapes like Play Time is Over and Sucka Free. Nicki’s now a featured artist and the leading lady of Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment.
Currently unsigned and considering numerous major label deals, Nicki’s in the studio recording her first rap album which will also feature touches of pop and R&B. Nicki’s also considering several acting roles, including playing the lead character of Erica Payne in the film adaptation of the Charge it to the Game by author Michele A. Fletcher and is the current winner of the Under Ground Music Awards (UMA) female artist of the year.
“Kill Tha DJ”
“I Get Crazy” (featuring Lil Wayne)