Quotes by Nicki Minaj
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Wikipedia Summary for Nicki Minaj
Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (), is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her animated flow in her rapping and versatility as a recording artist.
Born in the Saint James district of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens of New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). Early in her career, Minaj became known for her colorful costumes and wigs, her distinct flow, and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. In 2010, Minaj released her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010), which was certified triple-platinum by RIAA, and peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200 chart. Minaj's first top-five single "Super Bass" peaked at number three on the Hot 100. At the time, it was the highest-charting solo song by a female rapper since 2002, and it was certified diamond by RIAA in 2021. Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), saw Minaj move towards a dance-pop and pop rap sound. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its lead single, "Starships", peaking at number five on the Hot 100. Minaj's third and fourth studio albums, The Pinkprint (2014) and Queen (2018), marked a departure from her previous style and a return to her hip hop roots. The former's second single "Anaconda" peaked at number two on the Hot 100.
Her feature on the remix of Doja Cat's "Say So" and her collaboration with 6ix9ine, "Trollz", both released in 2020, marked her first and second number-one singles on the Hot 100, respectively, with the latter making her the second female rapper to debut at number one, following Lauryn Hill in 1998. Including features, Minaj is the female artist with the second-most entries on the Hot 100, behind singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, with each accumulating over 100. She has nineteen top 10 singles on the chart, the most for any female rapper so far, with four of those being solo songs. Her collaboration with Karol G, "Tusa", became the longest-running number-one single in Argentina, with a total of over five months. Her 2021 rerelease of her 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest debut for a female rap mixtape on the chart.
Minaj is one of the best selling female artists of all time with 100 million records sold worldwide. Her numerous accolades include eight American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Guinness World Record. Billboard ranked her as the top female rapper of the 2010s, as well as seventh among the top female artists of the decade. In 2016, Time included Minaj on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Outside of music, Minaj's film career has included voice roles in the animated films Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) as well as supporting roles in the comedy films The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). She also appeared as a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol in 2013.
My happiness doesn't come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.
When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition.
Switch my hair, they gon' copy her. Switch my gear, they gon' copy her. Look at how they stare, just a copier. Roger that. Did you copy that? copycat.
Might let him take it home and slaughter that he got friends for all of my friends they ain't leaving 'till we say when and we gon' hangover the next day.
I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind -- because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be.
So, my happiness doesn't come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.
Now all the bums is wondering where I be's at -if you ain't a barbie it's none of your freaking beeswax!
Like, I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give it up, it's me. I win and you lose.
I get a handsome amount. I could definitely buy a car off one of my guest appearances. and I'm not talking about a Hyundai.
I aint gotta get a plaque, I aint gotta get awards I just walk up out the door, all the girls will applaud.
The animated bug has bitten pop culture. It makes me feel happy and free. When you don't act seriously, you can make up your own rules.
I think music gives so much inspiration. I listen to all kinds of music: pop, hip-hop, everything. I also love classical music.
Who doesn't love Enya? Whenever I'm in a trying time, she is the calm in the middle of the storm. If I put her on, I'll be in this crazy peaceful state. I love her style. And her harmonies are freaking genius.
Defend my honor protect my pride the good advice i always hated but looking back it made me greater .. u make me laugh u make me hoarse from yelling at you and getting at u.
I don't find it fun watching someone trying to be sexy. It's whack. I'm trying to just show my true personality, and I think that means more than anything else. I think when personality is at the forefront, its not about male or female, its just about, who is this weird character?
I experiment with fashion, with my look, with everything. I'm a multidimensional woman, like all women are. The difference is that I have the balls to take chances.
Oh that's what he left? Let his mama pick it up. Might back up on it, VROOM VROOM wit the pick-up truck.
I looked at people like Lil Wayne. I would go to the studio and I would observe Wayne, and I would literally pray. I would say 'God, give me his work ethic'.
I really, really don't think that, outside of maybe some pink wigs, that there's anything that separates me from every other woman in America.
For inspiration you go to the archives, you go to things of the past, but you still need to be contemporary for today. You can never forget the time you're living in because the past is the past and it will never come back.
If people are sitting in the barbershop talking about my butt, it's conversational. That's what people are gonna do.
Sometimes you don't realize how far you've gotten until you look around at the people who are still trailing far behind you.
Being honest, if I had a daughter I wouldn't want her listening to a Nicki Minaj CD until she was a certain age. Even when I meet my fans and they tell me they are 12, I cringe a little. I always say, 'Listen. I don't want you saying the bad words, put school first.'
I love my hair. But I don't even remember my original color because I started bleaching it so young. I was, like, 11.
That means I gotta fly like a movie no commercial That's Young Money, Cash Money yeah I'm universal.
I told Khaled you the best but I'm the bestest. Better run for cover if your name is on my checklist.
As a designer, you always take facets of different people and you mix them together with your own thoughts and information and creativity and passion.
I was in them million dollar meetings, he was cheatin. All up in the church, he was sneakin wit the deacon.
I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind -- because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be. I thought, 'If I'm successful, I can change her life.'
I say nice things about Mariah Carey 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.
Regular people don't even realize how much artists mean to them. Artists represent a lot to the average person. People listen to music all day on their iPods, so as artists, we become a real fixture in people's lives. As an artist, you can't take it personal. It's like your big brother teasing you.
I don't compare myself to Lil Kim. I'm not doing anything in comparison with any girls. I'm doing Nicki Minaj.
I am not a girl that can ever be defined. I am not fly, I am levitation..I represent an entire generation!
I grew up in the south of Italy, next to the sea, which was a great place to grow up. The type of life we lived there was very relaxing. Just very fun, open-minded people. It was all very sociable and low-key.
Still I rise Still I fight Still I might crack a smile Keep my eyes on the prize See my haters tell em hi.
I'm bout that fast money, money ain't got no patience. But if them boys come run like you on probation.
Tell me that I got the fattest pussy in the whole world and if I let him eat it I can be his old girl.
Got that super soaker pussy pop like cola coka. Plus it's tighter than a choker, got em smilin like the joker.
I'm just happy that 'Idol' producers gave me a shot on the show and to be able to show who I really was, because I feel like I'm every single woman.
A lot of rappers want somebody to always sing on their records. If you can hold a note, they're gonna' ask you to come and be apart of their creativity. At that time, they were eager and on the streets selling drugs or in the studio making music. That was a big part of our lives were I grew up.
When I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly. The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot ... and I thought that to have the success they got, I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn't have to represent the same thing.
Real big pretty titty, shut down every city. If you want the kit kitty, gotta get the key from me, all new everything, plus pay the rent for me. If we in the woods then these niggas pitch a tent for me.
If you don't take control of your career, guess what? You'll be stuck in the sunset watching the sunrise, I am thesunrise.
I'm in the collard green 6 cornbread in the guts Got the Halloween kicks trick or treat in the clutch.
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 think intimidated is the word. I definitely get excited by it. I don't want to let anybody down. I've always been the type of person to make everybody happy and get things done. I want everything to be 100% perfect. I do feel it when people hold me to high expectations.
I cannot hold a grudge against Mariah Carey. What people don't understand is that I've looked up to her for so many years.
I feel like when I reach my 500-million-dollar goal, then no other woman in rap will ever feel like they can't do what these men have done.
People's expectations of what I'm capable of doing are very low. People have been used to hearing little one-liners and me play around.
Now every club promoter wanna bid like auctions, cause I pack shows, sell ticks Celtics like Boston.
One of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj and I fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me. I've always hated it.
I feel like I'm a designer, not a pop star. But if certain people think of me like a pop star, then the only thing I could do about this is dye my hair black and cut it short maybe.
I happen to be a pessimist, and maybe that's a good thing because I don't stop to smell the roses -- which is not a good personal thing. I don't stop and enjoy those moments. Always on to the next and never in the moment.
I know right now she has no idea who I am, but I'd like to collaborate with Enya one day. Of course I'd love to work with Jay-Z, maybe even Phil Collins. I love his voice.
I'm in my dressing room about to play to a sold-out crowd at the O2 arena in Ireland. Name a female rapper who's ever done that and I will give you $100,000.
My best and worst 'Idol' moments? I don't have a worst 'Idol' moment... I've been spectacular. Yes, I am going to toot my own horn. And then my best moment is every single moment. I'll toot it again!
I don't put cash in my Louis Vuitton wallet. I have it thrown around my bag -- jut a whole bunch of hundreds, maybe $5,000.
I am so territorial, that from the start I just felt like whatever I was gonna do I was gonna write it myself, its my personal preference to always be in control of everything I do in life.
I have to have the sensibility to keep Versace company in good shape because there are so many people working for it, and we need to have the company grow and also be relevant. So I work very hard for all that to happen, and I wish people would know me for that and be satisfied.
Versace was and still is about the sophisticated woman who is elegant, not afraid of her own sensuality, and not afraid to dare or take risks in life.
I vowed that I'd never allow any man to control me or to be an alcoholic or anything like that around me, because I don't want my children seeing that.
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.
In the history of the hip hop world...there has been one, single, solitary human being in the history of the world. One female rapper to sell more albums than me in the first week.
I'm not judging myself; I'm not dissing what I do. I'm proud of what I've done and I'm proud of what I'm working on. I've accomplished something and I'm not going to be ashamed to be happy about what I've done.
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