Before Dat Super Bass
Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty is the totally unknown real name of the rapper we all know and love as Nicki Minaj. Born in Trinidad in 1982, she moved to NYC pretty early in life to spend her formative years in Queens. Eventually, she would shop her mixtape around the block there, but wait — we’ve found innocent, adorable childhood, Nicki!
Nicki has reflected in this era as a little bit too loose for her teen tastes. Surprisingly, she explained: “I don’t think I had a lot of discipline in my household. My mom motivated me, but it wasn’t a strict household. I kind of wanted a strict household.” Perhaps that is why Nicki admits she was fired from 15 jobs in early adulthood. Good thing the rap career worked out, actually.