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Nicki Minaj: From Myspace to Femme Phenom

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


At LaGuardia High School in New York, Onika Maraj was as silly as silly puddy. You can tell from the daffy-duck faces she makes even now. But when did the femme fatale known as Nicki Minaj emerge on the hip-hop scene?
In 2002, a group of eUuniverse employees created Myspace. In two short years, the site graduated to a music reservoir for up-and-coming and unsigned acts to show their work. In 2004, hundreds of artists had built pages with free music for the masses. Like the teenage rap sensation Soulja Boy before her, Nicki Minaj is originally a Myspace rapper.
Some of her early songs pull from the grit and grind of her upbringing in New York City.
She was discovered by Dirty Money CEO Fendi. Lil Wayne personally contacted her, and the rest, as they say is Barbie history.
Flash forward to 2010: The little girl from a troubled home is one of the top rappers in hip-hop and poised to be the queen. And there's still no album, and no tentative title or release date. Yet, she's appeared in more than 14 songs for other people.
Her album promises to be one of the most anticipated rap events of the year. And that's a long way from the humble beginnings of LaGuardia.

2 comments:

Emma's Mom said...

So, is that how its done these days? You make countless collaborations and then once there's a buzz you drop your own album?

April 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM
CraigJC said...

That's exactly how it's done. But with Myspace losing steam, we're all waiting for the next Twitter rapper now. lol

April 8, 2010 at 7:56 AM
 

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