Surprising Facts About Nicki Minaj Most Fans Don’t Know

1. Her Real Name Is Onika Tanya Maraj


Nicki’s birthname is Onika Tanya Maraj. When she started out in the biz, she went by nicknames such as “Cookie” and “Harajuki Barbie.” She ultimately decided to use Nicki Minaj as a stage name. Some reports suggest that Nicki actually hates the stage name that she has chosen.

2. She Originally Wanted To Be An Actress


Becoming a successful rapper wasn’t the number one thing on Nicki’s to-do list. When she was in school, she wanted to be an actress. In 2001, she landed a role in the Off-Broadway play “In Case You Forget.” Long after her rap career took off, she landed a role in “The Other Woman.”

3. She Has Been Romantically Linked To Nas


In a 2017 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Nicki admitted to having “sleepovers” with rapper Nas, though she didn’t exactly confirm that the two were an item. She said that she “hated men” and that she was focusing on being “celibate.” We wonder if she told him stories about #4.

4. She Worked At A Red Lobster


Before being featured in some of the hottest tracks of the 21st century, Nicki worked as a waitress at a Red Lobster. She ended up getting fired from her position because she was rude to customers. Songs like #5 pretty much guarantee that Nicki was cut out for a life of fame and fortune.

5. ‘Starships’ Was One Of Her Most Popular Songs


The song was released on Valentine’s Day in 2012. Since its release, it has been certified six-times platinum in the United States. It debuted in the top 10 on Billboard and stayed there for 21 weeks, setting a record at the time. That probably wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for #6.


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