Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:59 pm
Nicki Minaj Announced She's Retiring from music to begin a Family
Who is Nicki Minaj?
Nicki Minaj is a popular rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and a model. She is considered the Queen of Rap and the most influential female rap artists of all time in the music industry. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She rose to prominence following her mixtape, Playtime Is Over, released in 2007. Through her music, she has received 6 American Music Awards, 11 BET Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, and a Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award. She has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. She is one of the world's best-selling music artists.
As an actress, she made her film debut in the 2012 computer-animated adventure comedy film, Ice Age: Continental Drift, where she voiced Steffie. She later starred in the films, The Other Woman, Barbershop: The Next Cut, and The Angry Birds Movie 2. In television, she has appeared in numerous series and reality shows. She was one of the main judges on the 12th season of American Idol. Earlier, she was the guest judge on the Americas Next Top Model in 2011. She has been featured on the Saturday Night Live three times.
She has also appeared in numerous commercials for several brands. She has worked in Pepsi, Adidas, MTV, iHeartRadio, and Beats Electronics among others. She has also released several lines of her own clothing and beauty products including lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish, perfume, and housewares among others. Because of her colorful costumes and wigs, she has been called the "black Lady Gaga". She has over 106 million followers on Instagram, 20 million followers on Twitter, and 41 million followers on Facebook.
Minaj surprising announced in September 2019 that she will be retiring from music to start a family with her boyfriend, Kenneth Petty. The news came while she has been working on her fifth studio album, scheduled to release this year.
Relationship, Dating, Boyfriend
Nicki Minaj's dating list of celebrities does not go too long. It might be due to her long-term relationship with Jamaican-American rapper, Safaree Samuels. She dated Samuels for almost 14 years of her life. Other celebrities who encounter frequent breakups could have dated several people in those 14 years.
Minaj started dating Samuels before she entered and ruled the hip hop industry. They started dating in 2000. Fourteen years later in 2014, the couple split. They have not publicly stated their reason for separation. It is still unclear what went wrong despite their 14 years of a relationship. Several tracks from Minaj's album, The Pinkprint are believed to have been inspired by her split with Samuels.
She then dated rapper Mikke Mill. However, their relationship did not last for more than 2 years. Minaj publicly announced via her Twitter that she had ended her two-year relationship with Mill.
Minaj is currently dating Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, who has a criminal history. Petty is a registered sex offender and a convicted murderer. Petty has served several years in prison for his convictions. Petty first served time in prison for first-degree attempted rape in 1995. He served 4 years in prison. He was later convicted of first-degree murder in the mid-2000s. He was sentenced and he served 7 years in prison.
Petty gained attention only after he started dating Minaj. It is uncertain when they started dating each other, but Minaj made their affair public in December 2018. She announced their relationship with a couple-photo on her Instagram. Minaj frequently posts pictures with her boyfriend on her Instagram. Minaj seems to be too serious about her relationship with Petty. She has made a couple of bold decisions since their relationship was made public. She has already announced to marry Petty soon, this year. She made another surprising decision to retire from music to start a family with Petty. The news came as a shock to her fans and followers.
She wrote "I've decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE."
This news shocked many of her fans. She later wrote,
"I'm still right here. Still madly in love with you guys & you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe"
Nicki Minaj gained public recognition after releasing mixtapes, Playtime Is Over in 2007, Sucka Free in 2008, and Beam Up Scotty in 2009. She then signed with Young Money Entertainment in 2009. She released her debut studio album, Pink Friday in 2010. Her first music video is from her debut album, Pink Friday and the song is titled, "Your Love". She has released four studio albums to date.
Her Studio Albums
Pink Friday (2010)
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
The Pinkprint (2014)
She has headlined 4 tours to date.
Pink Friday Tour (2012)
Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour (2012)
The Pinkprint Tour (2015)
The Nicki Wrld Tour (2019)
She has earned four top-five entries on the Billboard Hot 100. They are "Super Bass", "Starships", "Bang Bang", and "Anaconda".
Nicki Minaj is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. She has sold over 20 million records as a lead artist and 60 million records as a featured artist worldwide.