Five facts you should know about Nicki Minaj

American rap icon Nicki Minaj will perform at Montreal’s Bell Center on Wednesday night. Until then, here are five things you should know about the eccentric 41-year-old singer and her world tour. pink friday 2.

She hates her stage name

Born Onika Tanya Maraj, in the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki Minaj hates her stage name. She explained in April 2012 in the newspaper columns The Guardian After fighting tooth and nail to sign one of her first contracts, she did not adopt the name Nicki Minaj, but admits to having finally given up. “I always hated him,” she said at the time.


Nicki Minaj on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 2023.

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Nicki Minaj on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 2023.

However, he considers this stage identity as an eccentric alter ego, and his public presences as a great play.

At the top of the charts

Nicki Minaj became the rapper with the most charting albums in music history in 2023. Billboard. pink friday 2 rose to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart upon its release.

This is their third album to reach the top of the chart, after Pink Friday in 2010 and Ornate Roman in 2012, making her the rapper with the most number 1 albums in history, ending her relationship with Foxy Brown.


Nicki Minaj onstage at the Prudential Center during the MTV Video Music Awards, September 12, 2023.

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Nicki Minaj onstage at the Prudential Center during the MTV Video Music Awards, September 12, 2023.

well surrounded

The 41-year-old rapper, revealed by Lil Wayne almost 15 years ago, has multiplied collaborations with various artists since the beginning of her career. Notably, she has recorded tracks with frequent collaborator Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, The Future, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and, most recently, Billie Eilish’s brother, Oscar-winning producer Finneas, for the piece. Have you already left? in which she uses the part ocean eyes in sampling.


Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 12, 2023.

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Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj at the MTV Video Music Awards, September 12, 2023.

Generous with her fans

Nicki Minaj has helped more than thirty students with financial difficulties, paying their entire tuition fees. Contacted in 2017, on Twitter, by a fan who jokingly asked her to pay her tuition, the rapper responded affirmatively. She then asked other young people to send her “request.”


Nicki Minaj at the world premiere of “Barbie” in Los Angeles, July 9, 2023.

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Nicki Minaj at the world premiere of “Barbie” in Los Angeles, July 9, 2023.

The anxiety of being an artist mother

Nicki Minaj has revealed in several interviews that she has struggled with increased anxiety since the arrival of her son, affectionately nicknamed Papa Bear, in order to preserve her identity. “He has no idea how stressful it is for me to be a mother and an artist,” she detailed in the pages of the magazine. Fashionin November 2023.

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