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Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj /mɪˈnɑːʒ/, is a Rap and R&B recording artist who rose to fame after becoming a member in rapping group Young Money. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, but moved to the Queens borough of New York City as a child and graduated from LaGuardia High School in 2003.

Minaj began her music career in 2007 after she released her first mixtape Playtime Is Over. The mixtape followed by mixtapes, Sucka Free and Beam Me Up Scotty which were released in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Minaj had her first label success after fellow American rapper, Lil Wayne discovered and secured a record deal with her with Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown In August 2009.

She released her first debut album, Pink Friday in 2010 which became a commercial success, peaking at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200. and was later certificated platinum Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release. She became the first artist ever to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. She also became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List.


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Young Money Entertainment is an American record label founded by rapper Lil Wayne. The label is an imprint of Cash Money Records and is distributed by Universal Motown Republic Group. Current acts include Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Cory Gunz, Lil Twist, Gudda Gudda, Lil Chuckee, Short Dawg, T-Streets, Porcelain Black and Shanell aka SnL. The label has released four #1 albums. They were The Carter III and I Am Not a Human Being by Lil Wayne, Thank Me Later by Drake, and Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj.


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Beam Me Up Scotty is the third mixtape by American recording artist Nicki Minaj. It was released on April 18, 2009 by Young Money Entertainment and Dirty Money Entertainment. The mixtape includes guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, Bobby Valentino, and other Young Money artists like Drake and Jae Millz. Shortly after its release, Minaj—along with other Cash Money/Young Money artists—appeared on MTV.com's Mixtape Daily to discuss the recording.


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"Right Thru Me" is the second official single from Trinidadian rapper and singer Nicki Minaj's 2010 album Pink Friday. The song was released as a digital download on September 14, 2010 before being serviced to urban and rhythmic Radio on October 5 and then mainstream radio on November 2, 2010. The song charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

"Right thru Me" is described as being a R&B or dance-pop track, compared to her usual Rap and features electronic beats and synths. Lyrically, Minaj wonders how a lover can see through her. The song was met with generally positive reviews from critics, commenting on Minaj's lyrical playfulness and accepting the different musical sound.

The music video for the single was shot over the weekend of October 1, 2010 and was directed by Diane Martel and was later premiered on October 27. The concept is a boy-girl relationship drama and features Minaj and her love fighting and arguing, with him threatening to leave her while Minaj tries to apologize. The video was met with positive reviews from critics, with many calling it more natural and deep than her fun and costume-filled videos. Minaj has promoted the song in several live appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Saturday Night Live.


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Nicki Minaj live on Femme Fatale Tour in 2011


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