Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8 1984), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actress. After success with three mixtapes released between 2007 and 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment.
Minaj’s debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010), peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Its most successful single, “Super Bass”, was certified 8× platinum and has sold over four million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the United States. During this time, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the Billboard Hot 100.
1. YOUR VICTORY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. NEVER GIVE UP.
2. MAYBE YOUR WEIRD IS MY NORMAL. WHO’S TO SAY?
3. SO, MY HAPPINESS DOESN’T COME FROM MONEY OR FAME. MY HAPPINESS COMES FROM SEEING LIFE WITHOUT STRUGGLE.
4. I DON’T NEED TO GOOGLE MYSELF.
5. I THINK A CHILD MAY BE THE ONLY THING THAT COULD GIVE ME TRUE HAPPINESS.
6. YOU SHOULD NEVER FEEL AFRAID TO BECOME A PIECE OF ART. IT’S EXHILARATING.
7. MY HAPPINESS DOESN’T COME FROM MONEY OR FAME. MY HAPPINESS COMES FROM SEEING LIFE WITHOUT STRUGGLE.
8. BUT, BY JUST BEING MYSELF, I END UP TOUCHING A LOT MORE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT NEVER HAVE PAID MUCH ATTENTION TO A FEMALE RAPPER.
9. I DO HAVE A FEW PERSONALITIES. WHEN PEOPLE STARTED MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT, I STARTED MAKING NAMES FOR THESE PEOPLE.
10. FEMALE RAPPERS GET IT THE HARDEST. YOU HAVE TO BE A GIRL, YET YOU HAVE TO BE JUST AS HARD AS THE GUYS. I THINK SOME FEMALE RAPPERS GET SCARED OUT OF THE BUSINESS BEFORE THEY CAN MAKE IT.
11. I DON’T WANT A WIG THAT LOOKS LIKE A WIG; I WANT ONE THAT COULD PASS FOR A WEAVE.
12. EVERYONE KNOWS I’M A LASH GIRL BY NOW. WHEN I DON’T HAVE MY LASHES, I FEEL NAKED.
13. I DON’T MIND BEING CALLED A WEIRDO.
14. IF I’M TRAVELING, I’LL PACK SOCKS IN MY BAG – REALLY CUTE FURRY ONES.
15. I DON’T PUT CASH IN MY LOUIS VUITTON WALLET. I HAVE IT THROWN AROUND MY BAG – JUT A WHOLE BUNCH OF HUNDREDS, MAYBE $5,000.