Without a doubt, Nicki Minaj is one of the largest female rap stars in the world. With this kind of popularity though comes an unveiling of a lot of her personal life. Think what you will of her music, however her story is one riddled with a lot of pain, sorrow, but also triumph. Below is an assortment of info that you might not know about her and those tiny details.
Nicki’s birthplace – Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, she was raised by her grandmother before moving to New York at the age of five.
Her desire to kill her father – Her father was both abusive and addicted to drugs. Often times he would sell furniture specifically for drug money. There was also a time where he tried to kill Nicki’s mother through setting the house on fire.
The single tattoo – Believe it or not, Nicki only has one tattoo on her body. It is located on her arm with the words “God is always with you” written in Chinese. She was 16 and regrets the decision of having it.
Nicki Minaj is the first solo female artist that has seven singles on a US Hot 100 Chart at the same time – The other entires on include songs like Ludacris’ ‘My Chick Bad,’ Trey Songz’ ‘Bottomos Up,’ and more.
She didn’t enjoy recording ‘Pink Friday’ – In an interview with Vibe in 2012, Nicki stated she wanted to prove on ‘Pink Friday’ that a female rapper could make a great album without the need to talk about their p**sy in it.
Her experience in guest features – Guest features in songs helped Nicki get back on her feet after ‘Pink Friday’, however Nicki also has had guest features in the past, appearing in songs like Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and others.
She’s got a longtime boyfriend – His name is Safaree “SB” Samuels and he plays the roles of assistant, hype man, and her best friend.
The song ‘Super Bass’ – What really helped Nicki explode was the fact her song ‘Super Bass’ was covered by so many people. From among them there was Taylor Swift as well as Selena Gomez.
She actually hates her stage name – Nicki Minaj is her stage name, but she hates it. How she got that name stemmed from the first production deal she signed. The man wanted the name Minaj for her, but she fought against it hard. She eventually was persuaded, no doubt after a slight compromise, and now is stuck with the stage name Nicki Minaj.
Young Life – Since Nicki was raised in a pretty bad household, it’s not too surprising that Nicki escaped to her room several times. When she was younger she had an alter ego named “Cookie” who she used to escape her fighting parents. She also read a lot of books when she was younger. With stories of big houses filled with nice stuff, she deeply wished that could be her family.
Nicki has led an interesting life. Sad, yes, however it’s all paid off quite well in where she is at right now in life. What sort of facts surprised you the most? Let’s hear your thoughts below!
Born in December 13, 1989, Taylor Swift is still young and has made quite an impact on the world with her work and talent. Even now she is still rocking it with her music and even on stage performances.
Below are but a few other facts that you might now know about Taylor Swift. See which ones are new to you!
Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was named after the great James Taylor by her parents Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Gardner (Finlay) Swift. Clearly her parents thought music would play a big role in her life and they weren’t wrong.
Despite having been recorded many times for music videos, Swift is actually quite paranoid of being recorded without her knowledge. In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview she revealed this particular quirk of hers stating “The janitor who’s being paid by TMZ could record me. This is gonna sound like I’m a crazy person – but we don’t even know…”
Swift was only 12 years old when she wrote her first ever song, “Lucky You”. After a computer repairman visit, she learned from the man how to play thee guitar chords. From there, she began learning and playing the guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele, and the electric guitar.
Swift transferred schools during her freshman and sophomore years. She transferred schools for the explicit purpose of being homeschooled which was ideal for her due to her hectic tour schedule.
A lot of fans know Swift for her vocal chops, however Swift actually has been seen in television as well as has some movie credits to her name too.
Swift has received over 600 nominations as a singer while actually receiving more than a third of those awards. Some of her prestigious awards include several Grammy, Billboard Music, and American Music Awards.
By 2014, Taylor Swift was at the point of distancing herself from her country music roots and delving more into pop music. In an interview in Rolling Stone, she stated that she stopped going to country music award shows as well as avoid promoting any of her albums on any kind of country radio stations.
Swift is an exemplary writer. To this date, more than half of her songs were written by her and only her. Several of these written pieces have earned her many awards as well such as “Our Song”. Other popular songs that Taylor Swift wrote include “Bad Blood,” and “Back to December.” For “Our Song” specifically it was first written for a high school talent show she was going to attend but was later used as a song that appeared in her debut album.
Remember that Swift appeared in television and movies right? Well one of her appearances was actually in the movie Hannah Montana which sprang from the TV series of the same name. Swift made her appearance there due to her obsession with Disney.
Even though Swift has an estimated net worth of over $200 million, she still goes out of her way to spread good fortune to great causes. Routinely, Swift provides funding for the Taylor Swift Education Center situated in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.