Onika Tanya Maraj , known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadianborn American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 200709. She has been signed to Young Money Entertainment since 2009.
Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago on December 8, 1982. Her parents Robert Maraj, a financial executive and parttime gospel singer, and Carol Maraj, also a gospel singer, are Trinidadians of African heritage, with Robert additionally of Asian Indian heritage. Carol worked in payroll and accounting departments during Minajs youth. Minajs father was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and had a violent temper, burning down their house in December 1987. She has two siblings.