Nicki Minaj has continuously showed why she is the Queen of Rap and one of the best lyricists in the game. Onika Tanya Maraj was born in the Saint James district of Trinidad and Tobago but, migrated to New York City later settling in South Jamaica, Queens.
Minaj’s ambition was seen as a teenager as she pursued her acting career but, later moved to music in 2004. Minaj began rapping with a quartet called “The Hoodstars,” but, Nicki knew that she wanted to be solo and eventually left the group. Minaj came in the game when social media was just popping off and used MySpace to target current and prospective listeners. Her first mixtape “Playtime is Over” was released in 2006, followed by Sukafree which was released in 2007. Her third drop was the biggest, the tape that had the world saying “I’m Nicki Minaj, Nicki Lewinsky, Nicki the Ninja, Nicki the Goat, Nicki the Harajuku Barbie. I mean I don’t even know why you girls bother…”
If you don’t know Itty Bitty Piggy then you were out of the mix. I knew I had to learn her verse. Itty Bitty Piggy was released in 2009 and was a freestyle over Soulja Boy’s ‘Donk.’ You we’re not a Nicki fan if you did not know all of the lyrics so, I had to listen continuously until I knew ever word, yep! To this day, I’ll always prefer Itty Bitty Piggy than Donk. Don’t play a Nicki Minaj remix and not play her verse, it’s disrespectful.
Minaj not only inspired the music industry but, also made fashion designers more acceptable to curvy figures. Fashion brands wanted Minaj to wear their looks of course but, she didn’t have the standard look the brands were catering to before Minaj entered the industry. Now, brands like Fendi, cater to more curvy women and appeal to all nationalities. Minaj is a trendsetter and everything she wears turns into a wave. For example, her Met Gala 2022 look has been recreated by TikTok and Instagram influencers, showcasing their inspired Nicki Minaj looks. From the colorful wigs to the Harajuku Barbie style, Minaj has set trends throughout her entire reign. She’s a trendsetter whom is still inspiring women and men with her animated voices, impeccable style and influencing her fans.
When it comes to having the current title of Queen of Rap, I am not sure why people are still considering her for the title. Besides Lil Kim, there hasn’t been a female rapper on the level. The Queen of Rap in this generation definitely goes to Nicki Minaj. For years, there wasn’t any other female rappers that were winning awards nor having the same influence as Minaj.
Currently, Nicki Minaj is being a mom to her beautiful son and still coming up with witty flows to fill our captions. Nicki Minaj has a different hunger for the game since she entered motherhood. Her rap flow is different , more intrigue and has more lines that requires thought.
What I love about Nicki is her dedication to rising artists. She always picks a rising artist to hop on the track with and her latest features have been everything. She has worked with Bia, Coi Leray and Fivio Foreign, all rising artists who have taken over the game as well by being themselves and dropping trendy songs that eventually go viral on TikTok.
Minaj will also headline Rolling Loud New York at Citi Field in Queens, September 23, 2022.