December 8, 1982 in Port of Spain
New York, NY, United States
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (/mÉªËˆnÉ‘ËÊ’/), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, she gained public notability after releasing the mixtapes Playtime is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). Minaj subsequently signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009. Her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010) peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and spawned the top-ten single "Super Bass".