World-controversial artist Nicki Minaj has announced her retirement from rap, saying she was going to focus on family, AFP reported on Thursday, September 5th.
With plans of a wedding on the horizon, the provocative 36-year-old known for hits like "Super Bass" has been engaged to music executive Kenneth Petty. She explained on her twitter account that she had decided to retire with her family.
The wildly successful rapper, raised in the New York borough of Queens, sent an appreciation note to her fans worldwide.
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj, was born on December 8th, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York. She grew up in a troubled family yet managed to make a name for herself.
In April 2007, Minaj released her first mix tape, "Playtime Is Over." One year later she made another mix tape, "Sucka Free," which made her Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards. In 2009, she made her third mix tape, "Beam Me Up Scotty," which got positive reviews from BET and MTV.
To date, Minaj has released three platinum-selling studio albums, “Pink Friday”, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, and the most recent, “The Pinkprint,” according to IMDB.
Minaj's profanity-laced lyrics, skin-baring music videos, and unique, animated flow first catapulted her to fame in 2010. Last month, she appeared in rising star Megan Thee Stallion's song "Hot Girl Summer."
Last June, however, she released a single entitled "Megatron" and said she had a new studio album in the works, which would be her fifth, according to AFP.