Artist of the Week: Nicki Minaj
For most of us, Halloween is a once-a-year opportunity to dress up in ridiculous costumes without worrying about the social repercussions of our outfits. Rapper Nicki Minaj sees things a bit differently, embracing her alter egos every day and incorporating them into her music and persona. Minaj describes fantasy as her reality, celebrating her multiple identities of “Cookie”, “Harajuku Barbie” and “Roman Zolanski” in addition to her birth name, Onika. Dressing up as everything from Harajuku Barbie to Wonderwoman, who better to feature as our Artist of the Week than somebody who celebrates Halloween every day?!
Developing a passion for the arts thanks to her education at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (the school that inspired the movie Fame), Minaj knew from a young age that she wanted a career in music. However, it wasn’t until she began writing raps that she began to stand out, and in 2008 she won Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards. Minaj has been featured on tracks from music royalty Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Drake, Usher, Lil Wayne and Sean Kingston, but is preparing to take the spotlight herself when her debut album is released next month. Having already been awarded Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2010 BET Awards, as well as Rookie of the Year at the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards, we’d say Nicki Minaj is well on her way.
“Her style has a kind of controversial feminist swag that some may even find too aggressive, but her unique confidence is an inspiration to women everywhere.”
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“Minaj is tearing up the airwaves, appearing on everything from Mariah Carey’s Up Out My Face to Ludacris’s My Chick Bad, the self-described “Harajuku Barbie” has captured the imagination of a generation that hasn’t seen a dominant, prolific female rapper since the heyday of Lil Kim and Foxy Brown.”
— The Guardian
“It isn’t easy to keep up with the guys in the hip-hop scene but Ms. Minaj has not only kept up, but has given many of them a run for their money.”