19 Nicki Minaj Fun Facts!

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Nicki Minaj is one of the most interesting figures in hip hop today.

Here are some facts you may not have known about rap's current queen...

1. Nicki Has One Tattoo

Nicki Has One Tattoo
It says "God is always with you" in Chinese. Nicki says she regrets it and has thought aboutn having it removed.

2. She Wanted to Kill Her Father

She Wanted to Kill Her Father
Nicki has described her dad as an abusive drug addict who often stole from her mother to support his habit. She says that as a child, she often thought about killing him.

3. According to Forbes, Nicki is the Undisputed Queen

According to Forbes, Nicki is the Undisputed Queen
Nicki is the only female artist to ever make the finance mag's list of "Hip Hop Cash Kings." She appeared on the list in 2013 and again in 2014.

4. She Hates the Name "Nicki Minaj"

She Hates the Name "Nicki Minaj"
Born Onnika Miraj, Nicki reluctantly accepted a stagename chosen by one of her producers. She's says it's now too late to change it.

5. She Has Several Alter-Egos

She Has Several Alter-Egos
Nicki's best known alternate personality is the grittier Roman Zolanski. However, she says she's been in the habit of adopting alter-egos since she was a child. Her first was named Cookie and served as a mechanism to help her cope with her abusive upbringing.

6. She Studied Acting in High School

She Studied Acting in High School
Nicki applied for LaGuardia High School's music programming, but the admissions board felt her singing wasn't up to snuff. She applied for the school's acting program and was accepted.

7. Nicki Takes the Blame For the Lil Kim Beef

Nicki Takes the Blame For the Lil Kim Beef
Nicki says she shouldn't have adopted the "hardcore squat" pose made famous by Lil Kim. Photos of Nicki posed like Kim were meant as an homage, but ended setting off a feud that's still raging on.

8. She's the First Female Rapper to Perform at Yankee Stadium

She's the First Female Rapper to Perform at Yankee Stadium
Nicki took the honor when she hit the stage for a guest appearance at a JayZ/Eminem concert last year.

9. Nicki Credits her Feminist Beliefs to Her Mother

Nicki Credits her Feminist Beliefs to Her Mother
Nicki says she remains a stronf believer in "female empowerment" as a result of witnessing her mother's struggles when she was still a child.

10. She Was a Bookworm as a Kid

She Was a Bookworm as a Kid
Nicki says she was inspired to succeed by the books she read as a child. "In all the books I read that had big houses and all this nice stuff," she said in a recent interview.

11. She's Newly Single

She's Newly Single
Nicki broke off her engagement with Safaree Samuels last month. They dated on and off for over a decade.

12. Nicki's Cousin Nicholas Was Shot and Killed in 2011

Nicki's Cousin Nicholas Was Shot and Killed in 2011
Nicki has said Nicholas was as close to her as her own siblings.

13. She's Not Easily Star Struck

She's Not Easily Star Struck
Nicki has said the only celebs who could render her speechless are Meryl Streep and Judge Judy. Seriously.

14. She Worked as Waitress at Red Lobster Before Hitting It Big

She Worked as Waitress at Red Lobster Before Hitting It Big
Hey, everyone's gotta start somewhere.

15. She's No Fan of Iggy Azalea

She's No Fan of Iggy Azalea
Nicki's learned to make nice with Iggy-Igs, but she's still not a fan. She refuses to talk about their feud in interviews and has asked her staff to ensure Iggy's music isn't played in her presence.

16. She Didn't Enjoy Her Time at American Idol

She Didn't Enjoy Her Time at American Idol
We're sure it was better than Red Lobster, but she's based the show as co-host Mariah Carey.

17. Nicki's Had Plastic Surgery

Nicki's Had Plastic Surgery
She hasn't confirmed or denied that she's had butt implants, but Nicki has admitted to having work done on her face.

18. She Was Born in Trinidad and Tobago

She Was Born in Trinidad and Tobago
Nicki's family moved to Queens when she was 5 years old.

19. She Credits Lil Wayne With Kickstarting Her Career

She Credits Lil Wayne With Kickstarting Her Career
Nicki got her big break from appearing on several of Wayne's mix tapes. She's referred to herself as "the female Weezy."

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Trinidad and Tobago
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Onika Tanya Maraj