The hip hop world is abuzz with news that rap superstar Drake has married his label mate Nicki Miraj after both of them took to their twitter accounts claiming to be hitched. And while time will tell if they did, indeed, tie the knot – many people are asking who Nicki Miraj is! Here are 5 facts about the supposed Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham!
She Had a Rough Childhood
Minaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Queens, NY when she was 5. She claims that she lived with her father who was abusive; he drank and did drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting their house on fire. While her life was difficult, she claimed that ‘music helped me through it’.
She Attended a School for the Performing Arts
Nicki graduated from LaGuardia High School, a school that prepares public high school students for professional careers and/or conservatory study in dance, drama, the visual arts, vocal, instrumental music, and technical theatre. Minaj participated in the drama program at LaGuardia.
She Began Her Career as a Back Up Singer
In 2004 Minaj started singing background in New York and was eventually discovered on MySpace by Fendi, the CEO of Dirty Money. He signed her to the label in 2004, but eventually dropped her. She eventually signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment Label.
She Wants To Be a Role Model
Minaj addressed her image in an interview with VIBE magazine, “When I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly. The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot… and I thought that to have the success they got; I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn’t have to represent the same thing.” She then told Interview “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness, I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.”
Her Debut Album Is Releasing Soon!
While Minaj has also addressed a desire to be an actress, her album is releasing soon! She tweeted that her debut album, Pink Friday will be released on November 23, 2010, stating “Yes. It’s time. November 23rd.