Rap artist Nicki Minaj recently declared that she may be bringing her music career to an end while focusing on spending more time with her family. She announced her decision yesterday morning on Twitter.
She tweeted, “I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me”.
Minaj – who is in her mid 30s – was raised in New York. With her eccentric outfits, peculiar alter egos, and her fast rap style, the rap star created fierce competition for others in her industry. It’s uncertain whether she is finished with her career altogether or if she’s simply taking a break for awhile.
A decade-long career
In the last 10 years, Minaj was nominated for 10 Grammy awards, she got the Guinness World Record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a solo female artist in 2017, and she racked up five MTV Video Music Awards. She was recently recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America as the first female rap artist to have over 100 million singles and albums sold. As well as being a judge on American Idol, Minaj also played a role in the animation, Ice Age: Continental Drift.
At one stage, the New York Times referred to the artist as “a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She’s a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality, and look. And she’s a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones”.
Minaj said, “When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I’m not that. No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don’t want people to hear me and know exactly where I’m from”.
Her style was a combination of rapping and singing, merging both Roman Zolanski (her British alter ego) and Harajuku Barbie (her Japanese alter ego) into her performance.
“I was just doing regular-sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify with. But once I started doing all that weird shit, I’m not mad at it because it got everyone’s attention,” said Minaj.