Nicki Minaj is a rising hip-hop star in both the domestic and international music industry. Onika Tanya Martin-Smith, better known by her professionally by her first name, Minaj-petty, is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, and actor. Dubbed by many media sources as the “Godfather of Hip Hop,” Minaj has been active in the hip hop community for more than 15 years. She rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop band “The Not Ready For TV” in the mid to late 90s.
This Friday, she will be making a debut album called Pink Friday. While it will not be her first major album since the release of her last major album Honeymoon, it is expected that this new album will set the stage for her long overdue major label debut. Pink Friday is expected to be released by Universal, but a deal between the rapper and the company was reportedly in the works before she took a hiatus from touring. Expectations for the album are high. Aside from the huge marketing push by Universal, the single features popular R&B singer Leona Lewis, as well as Young Money’s Reebok. Pink Friday will most likely become one of Nicki Minaj’s biggest singles to date, if not the biggest single of her career.
The single’s video has received rave reviews, but what is really making Nicki Minaj’s music so special? Her persona is distinct, yet endearing. She manages to convey humor and her anger in a way that listeners can relate to. Her unique sense of style and creativity shines through in her songs, including on the track titled Pink Friday. While it may not be the most exciting song to introduce to your music library, it certainly is a good track to start with if you are a fan of pop or female vocals.
With the help of DJ Premier, the track has been remixed by artists like Jay Z, J. Dilla, P Diddy, Rihanna, and many more. With the use of Auto-Tune, the track has the sound quality to match the level of star-power backing it boasts. Nicki Minaj has proven throughout her career that she is a true star, and now that she is breaking out with a number two album, it is only natural that she is being given the opportunity to show what she is capable of doing. Hopefully, she can continue to build upon her success with the next few songs that will be released under the Pink Friday name.
On a recent episode of Shade Selemeo’s Shade Me, Minaj displayed her range of singing talent, which includes rapping. Although no one really knows how well she is going to do rapping live while performing live, it is nice to see her take the chance and show what she can do. Just like Jay Z and Kanye West, Nicki Minaj has the capability to sell out an arena and is doing so as a female rapper will definitely add some excitement to her music career.
Hopefully, Minaj will release another single that will take her record sales to the next level. For now, her sophomore album will be welcome news to her fans as it is fresh and new. It seems that the artist is always in tune with what listeners want, and whether that means rapping or singing, she is sure to please. In fact, she has already proven that she is talented with songs like “Starships,” and now she is ready to show her other side to the world. There is no doubt that she will be able to maintain her status as one of hip-hop’s favorite MCs.