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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.
Nicki Minaj recently returned to Trinidad and spoke with members of the T&T media on Oct 30th, hours before she was set to perform at the Localize It Concert in the Hasley Crawford Stadium. The rapper performed a medley of her hits including: “Up All Night”, “Hold Yuh”, “Dutty Love”, “Monsta”, & “Your Love”
Nicki was born on the island of Trinidad and left at age 5 relocating to New York City where she grew up. Her parents are of Afro and East Indian Trinidadian hertiage. Nicki was treated to the Presidential Suite by her people and enjoyed a Trini curried chicken roti upon arrival. Nicki reunited with family in Trinidad and was followed by fans and media alike during her stay.
At a press conference Nicki spoke about Trinidad culture and music and her desire to work with local artists such as Machel Montano and Destra Garcia in the future. Nicki would like to promote Trini culture to the world and act as an ambassador and mentor to fellow Trimidadians. She is quoted as follows:
“I want to eventually bring Trinidadian music and culture to the world. If any of you have anything you want me to promote get it to me. What I know about Trinidadian culture and fashion is Carnival. I have never been to a Trinidadian Carnival but I know it is better than the rest.”
Check out a piece of Nicki’s performance below: