Onika Tanya Maraj, also known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, was noticed by Young money Entertainment after releasing three mixtapes: Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty. Both Minaj’s first and second studio albums — Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — debuted at number one of the Billboard Top 200 charts, the former becoming certified triple platinum. Since then, Minaj has released three additional albums: The Re-Up (an extended version of her previous album), The Pinkprint, and Queen.
Nicki Minaj is known for her colorful wings and unique costumes. Her music is no different. Minaj’s raps are very lively and vibrant. She raps and sings in her songs and she incorporates fast rap, as well as alternate personalities complete with various accents. Minaj has cited Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Kanye West, and Drake, among others, as major influences to her and her music.
One of Nicki Minaj’s main social implications is society’s idea that there can only be one prominent female rapper at a time. Not only does the media and the public create fake beef to pit multiple female rappers against each other at a time (e.g. Nicki Minaj vs. Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B, etc.), but the rappers themselves feed into the drama and make it bigger. This is a never-ending cycle that takes away from the music.
Nicki Minaj is one of my favorite artists. In addition to influencing an entire genre of music and female musicians to come, Nicki Minaj often inspires women to not depend on men during her performances.