Much to the delight of her ever tuned in fan base, today sees Rap Prima Nicki Minaj celebrate her 29th birthday.
So, in helping both she and her ‘Barbz‘ celebrate what can only be described as an eventful life, That Grape Juice counts down five of the starlet’s more pivotal moments to date, from her days as a rising MC in the streets of New York to her well documented rise to super stardom today.
Get into it below…
Reportedly shot in 2007, the visual for her ‘Click Clack‘ has become somewhat of a go to point for any interested in witnessing Minaj before ‘the fame’.
Fierce, fiery and in control, it was a clear even then that she was destined to surpass the achievements scored by many a lyricist before her.
One of her most celebrated appearances to date, Nicki’s verse on Yo Gotti‘s ‘5 Star Chick‘ remix has gone down as an ultimate fan favorite.
Overshadowing the efforts of the song’s other contributors, the verse served as one of the many launchpad’s the Rapper used to introduce the animated ‘Barbie‘ persona the world has grown to love.
You know you’ve made it when you’ve got Robin Roberts reciting your lyrics. Without a doubt, Nicki’s set on Good Morning America back on August 5th of this year helped introduce her to anyone who was yet to encounter her ‘unique’ performance style.
It also saw her announce her role in the upcoming movie ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift‘, due out July 2012.
Last year, the performer’s MTV ‘My Time Now’ special saw viewers welcomed to the difficult world that was her childhood.
Revealing how being separated from both parents for a number of years and losing the grandmother who had doubled as a second mother for so long had affected her, the special is undeniably one of her more touching moments to date.
Following the success of her debut album ‘Pink Friday‘, the awards came- and in abundance.
However, while her wins at the 2011 VMA‘s and AMA‘s were impressive, it was scoring Billboard‘s ‘Rising Star Of 2011‘ award that served to indicate just how far she had come in the space of a few years.
With ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ making its world on February 14th 2012, here’s to hoping coming years see Minaj continue to break ground with ever engaging material and oft admired ambition.
Have a good one Nicki.