Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009. She has been signed to Young Money Entertainment since 2009. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List, with a The New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be “the most influential female rapper of all time”. In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney.
Maybe Your Weird Is My Normal. Who's To Say?
If I'm Traveling, I'll Pack Socks In My Bag - Really Cute Furry Ones.
When You're A Girl, You Have To Be Everything, You Have To Be Dope At What You Do, But You Have To Be Super Sweet, And You Have To Be Sexy, And You Have To Be This And You Have To Be That And You Have To Be Nice, And You Have To - It's Like, I Can't Be All Of Those Things At Once. I'm A Human Being.
I Don't Agree That Everyone Should Agree With Everyone's Lifestyle. I Think That Some People Aren't Going To Agree, But I Think That When You're Mean And When You Ridicule People It's A Sign Of Your Own Insecurities.
My Happiness Doesn't Come From Money Or Fame. My Happiness Comes From Seeing Life Without Struggle.
You Should Never Feel Afraid To Become A Piece Of Art. It's Exhilarating.
Your Victory Is Right Around The Corner. Never Give Up.
I Don't Mind Being Called A Weirdo. There Are A Lot Of People In Hip-hop Who Are Probably Never Going To Get What I Do. But, By Just Being Myself, I End Up Touching A Lot More People Who Might Never Have Paid Much Attention To A Female Rapper.
When I Was Younger I Didn't Have Much Financially, Like We Couldn't Afford A Lot Of Stuff And I Remember Seeing Little Girls' Rooms On Tv And They'd All Be Pink. I Didn't Have My Own Room, I Shared With My Brother, So I Would Have This Daydream And Imagine That One Day I Could Have My Own Room And It Would All Be Pink, Like Cinderella's.
I'm A Role Model Now. I Didn't Know I Was Gonna Have 13-year-old Fans, So I've Tried To Change A Few Things Here And There. But I Also Know That The Girls Don't Want Me To Be Miley Cyrus, Either.
It's Not Hard To Get Your Way When It's Your Way Or The Highway. People Either Follow Suit Or They're Not Around. I Don't Really Like The Sound Of That, 'Cause That Sounds Like A Temper Tantrum. I'm Just Very Black And White When It Comes To My Business. There's Really No Gray Area.
But, By Just Being Myself, I End Up Touching A Lot More People Who Might Never Have Paid Much Attention To A Female Rapper.
I've Constantly Tried New Things, Even As A Child, And Have Always Been Obsessed With Pink. Now I'm Just A Little More Ladylike And Fearless. You Should Never Feel Afraid To Become A Piece Of Art. It's Exhilarating.
People Face Difficulties, No Matter Who You Are. I Faced Difficulties With A Lot Of Things. I Face Opposition Every Day, But I Didn't Kill Myself And Now, Thank God, I'm Here.
I Want People - Especially Young Girls - To Know That In Life, Nothing Is Going To Be Based On Sex Appeal. You've Got To Have Something Else To Go With That.
I Do Have A Few Personalities. When People Started Making A Big Deal Out Of It, I Started Making Names For These People.
I Say Nice Things About Mariah All The Time. I Tell Mariah All The Time How Much Of A Fan I Am Of Her. She's One Of My Favorite Artists Of All Time... She's Shaped A Generation Of Singers.
When People See My Makeup, They Think All Types Of Crazy Things That I'm Doing To My Skin, But It's Makeup. It's The Weirdest Thing. They'll See Contouring And Think You Had Surgery On Your Nose. No. No. No. Look At 'Rupaul's Drag Race' And You'll See... You Can Make Your Nose Look... What Ever Shape You Want It.
You Have To Know That As Long As You Love Who You Are - Your Morals, Your Values, That Type Of Stuff - You're Ok.
I Hate Cameras. I Hate Cameras And I Hate Camera Phones. The Camera's My Worst Enemy And My Best Friend. It's The Way I Convey My Emotions To The World Without Saying A Word, So I Use It. People Always Say, 'You Come Alive As Soon As The Camera's On!'
I Don't Want A Wig That Looks Like A Wig; I Want One That Could Pass For A Weave.
I Can't See Myself Without Pink Lipstick. I Can Go Without It For A Couple Days, But If There Was No More Pink Lipstick In The World, I'd Be Useless. Seriously.
You Wanna Know What Scares People? Success. When You Don't Make Moves And When You Don't Climb Up The Ladder, Everybody Loves You Because You're Not Competition.
I've Always Been Intrigued By Color And By Interesting Hair. I Was One Of Those Weird Little Girls Doing My Own Hair At The Age Of 9. I Was, Like, Getting Weird Gels And New Brushes And Cornrow Holders. I Would Tweak And Perm At The Age Of 13.
My Wigs Are Ever Changing In Height, Width, Color, Size. They Make Me Feel Happy. Wearing Them Makes Me Feel Like I Can Be A Different Person Every Day And That Is Kind Of Exciting.
I Don't Mind Being Called A Weirdo.
As A Little Girl Growing Up In Southside Jamaica Queens, If Anyone Would've Told Me I'd Have My Own Perfume One Day, And Be Able To Inspire Young Black Girls Everywhere, To Go Into Macy's Or Nordstrom's And See Their Face Staring Back At Them - I Wouldn't Believe Them.
I Don't Want Children Cursing. I'm Very Strict On My Nieces And My Little Brother. They Have To Listen To Clean Versions Of Music. Even My Music.
I've Always Been The Type Of Person To Make Everybody Happy And Get Things Done. I Want Everything To Be 100% Perfect.
I Look At Rap As An Opportunity To Act. My Head Is Full Of Different Characters - In Each Song I'm Auditioning A Character.
Sometimes I Wake Up In The Morning And I Am Like, 'This Is A High-top Day' Or 'This Is A Bob Day,' But When I Get My Clothes On That's When I See.
I Feel Like My Entire Career And Life, I've Been Judged By People Who Did Not Really Know Me. I Definitely Think That They Probably Were Right To Assume What They Had Assumed About Me, Because There Was Such Little To Go On Out There.
Like To Me, I Did The 'Harajuku' Stuff. I Did The Crazy Stuff. And Now I Kind Of Want To Tone That Back, And It's Not Toning My Personality Back, It's Just Showing Like I Don't Only Have To Do That.
So, My Happiness Doesn't Come From Money Or Fame. My Happiness Comes From Seeing Life Without Struggle.
When I Get Up In The Morning And Put On A Pink Or A Green Wig, I See Myself As A Piece Of Animation. It Lets Me Be The Person I Want To Be, A Person Who's Not Embarrassed To Have Fun.
I Think A Child May Be The Only Thing That Could Give Me True Happiness.
I Hate Formal Stuff. I Love Looking Like A Doll And All That Stuff And Playing Dress Up, But When I'm Home, Sweat Pants, T-shirt. When I'm In The Studio, Sweat Pants, T-shirt.
Everyone Knows I'm A Lash Girl By Now. When I Don't Have My Lashes, I Feel Naked.
I Think Sometimes The Fashion World Isn't Even About Clothes Anymore; It's About This 'In' Crowd, And I'm Not Into That.
I Think Most Artists Will Experience A Lot Of Negative People On Twitter But, Thank God, I've Got So Many Followers That I'm Not Able To See Them That Much. I'll See Some From Time To Time But, For The Most Part, I Always Focus On Something Good.
I Don't Need To Google Myself.
I Don't Have To Do Things Just To Please People. It's Okay To Do What I Love Because What I Love, My Fans Love. And They're Really The Only Ones That Should Matter.
I'm Thinking Of A Legacy That I Can Be Proud Of And Wealth That My Grandchildren Can Use To Go To College. So World Domination - In Terms Of Providing For My Family - Is Absolutely My Goal.
People Always Want To Talk About Who I Was, But I've Always Been Singing, Always Been Experimenting With Pop Music.
I Want To Show Little Girls That The Possibilities Are Endless. That's My Goal - To Not Only Do It For Myself, But To Show Them I Can Do Whatever I Put My Mind To.
My Whole Life Is About Being Nicki Minaj Now. It's A Never-ending Saga.
I Think One Of The Things I Was Shocked About Was How Interested The World Is In 'American Idol' And How People, Writers, They Write About 'Idol' All The Time, And I Guess I Didn't Expect That.
Female Rappers Get It The Hardest. You Have To Be A Girl, Yet You Have To Be Just As Hard As The Guys. I Think Some Female Rappers Get Scared Out Of The Business Before They Can Make It.
Sometimes I Want To Just Pull The Off Switch, But You Can't Because If You Go Outside, You Have To Give People Your All. You Can't Say, 'Oh, You Know What? I'm Not Feeling Good Today.' No. No One's Trying To Hear That. When A Woman Comes Up To You And Says, 'Hey, My Daughter's Your Biggest Fan. Can We Have A Picture?' - You Can't Say No.
I'm A Rapper... Gaga's A Fantastic Artist, You Know, She Paved Her Way. She's Opened Her Own Lane. But I Think That I Have My Own Lane. And We Never Cross. Ever. So, You Know, I Really Don't Get The Comparison Anymore. Our Music Doesn't Sound The Same. Our Stage Presence Is Not The Same. I Just Can't See The Similarities.