Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-American rapper and R&B singer-songwriter. Minaj is known for collaborating with other recording artists and providing guest rap appearances on many popular singles.
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Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper, Lil Wayne, and soon after signed a deal with his Young Money Entertainment record label and management firm. Minaj released her first mixtape "Playtime Is Over" in 2007. A number of mixtapes were released after this, including Sucka Free in 2008.
Minaj won the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards in 2008. In 2009 Minaj appeared in XXL magazine and released her third mixtape. Minaj released another mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty, in 2009. Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday, was released in 2010.