The femcee of Young Money is Onika Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj. Hailing from Trinidad & Tobago, Nicki moved to Queens, New York at the age of 5. She made a major move in 2007 by releasing her first mixtape and a further two in the subsequent years. The lyricism and flow of Nicki impressed many labels but she finally signed a deal with Young Money Ent in 2009 after an intense bidding war. The Barbie met Lil Wayne when they both appeared on The Come Up DVD: Volume 17.
Though Nicki Minaj is known for her intense lyrics, she has since diversified into different genres. She has shown she can still rap in tracks like “Did It On ‘Em“, but has shown her softer side on songs such as “Your Love“. Minaj‘s debut album, Pink Friday, reached #1 on the Billboard charts and was certified Platinum less than 2 months after release. Nicki‘s sophomore album is called Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and features her alter-ego Roman Zolanski. As of today, Nicki is arguably the most influential woman in hip-hop.
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
The Crying Game