Hip hop diva Nicki Minaj, will open up to E! in a new one-hour television special, ‘E! Entertainment Special: Nicki Minaj‘. The Queens rapper with Trinidadian roots will chronicle her rise from the Caribbean to the glitz, glam, and popularity as one of music’s more eccentric talents.
“Growing up in Trinidad, I didn’t know that we were poor,” said Minaj. “Ten people living in a three-bedroom home and all the dogs and cats my grandmother had, none of that seemed really abnormal.”
She also states, “I just had to give this [rap] one try because I had never given anything my all. I was like you know what, I don’t care if I end up in a shelter. I am not going back to work.”
The E! special will also feature interviews from her parents, childhood friends, and school teachers. Also making appearances on the special, producer Swizz Beatz and mentor Lil Wayne, who explains why he was so intent on signing the rapper to his Young Money label.
“I was like, this female here is amazing,” said Wayne. “She’d be amazing for my label as well, and so that’s when I knew I wanted to sign her, as soon as I heard her, as soon as I saw her.”
The E! Entertainment Special: Nicki Minaj premieres July 13th at 10:00 p.m. EST on E!
Currently one of the biggest names in Hip Hop Trinidad’s Nicki Minaj shows us her vulnerable side in “Right Thru Me.” The track was produced by Drew Money. When asked about NIcki’s star potential Drew is quoted as saying, “She just has the ‘it’ factor. Not only does she have that star quality and is very talented with her lyrics, her songwriting and her singing even, but she’s very pretty, she’s business savvy and she’s extremely smart…There’s a lot of pressure on her, but when they hear this album, they’ll be in shock at how amazing it is. She covers a lot of bases.”
Nicki tones it down in this video both in antics and her appearance. The video takes us through the ups and downs of a relationship and shows us the potential that Nicki has to evolve as an artist. The track itself has a laid back Pop feel and Nicki laces it with her rapping as well as singing skills. Nicki’s debut album “Pink Friday” drops November 22, 2010.
With no signs of slowing down Onika Maraj better known as Nicki Minaj, the Trinidadian born femcee reared in the Queens area of New York City has been making headlines ever since she signed with Young Money Entertianment/Cash Money Entertainment in August 2009. Nicki has created a buzz for herself and has been featured on 18 album tracks and 11 remix singles during the past year. Noted collaborators have included Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Mariah Carey, Dirty Money,Usher, Christina Aguilera, Yo Gotti, and Ludacris. Set for release on November 23, 2010 the album is entitled “Pink Friday” and will be released on “Black Friday” the biggest shopping day in America. The album will be distributed by Universal Motown records. Released as her first Official Single “Your Love” was directed by Little X and features actor Michael Jai White as Nicki’s love interest. As a Caribbean female doing empowering things we wish Nicki nothing but the best in her career aspirations. We look forward to featuring her within CaribVue in the future!