Nicki Minaj, original name Onika Tanya Maraj, (born December 8, 1982, St. James, Trinidad and Tobago), Trinidadian-born singer, songwriter, television personality, and actress who was known for her flowing quick-spoken rap style and for her provocative lyrics.
Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s annual Hottest MC List.
QUESTION: Why is Nicki Minaj so famous?
- She’s a female rapper. This is probably the best thing going for her. There are very few current female rappers that come to mind. There were a lot of popular female rappers a decade ago, but not so much now. Someone like Lil’ Mama got popular…a couple of years ago. I think rappers and male singers (e.g. Usher) tire of making songs with guys all the time, or girls who just sing the chorus.