Hip-Hop’s current queen of the mic, Nicki Mina,j has surely had a wild ride to the top of the music charts. In a new one-hour television special, “E! Entertainment Special: Nicki Minaj,” the Young Money rapper will chronicle her rise from her humble beginnings in the Caribbean to fame and fortune as one of music industry’s biggest superstars.
According to Nicki Daily, in the special, Minaj will discuss her early childhood growing up on the island of Trinidad as well as her drive to make it as a rap star.
“Growing up in Trinidad, I didn’t know that we were poor,” said Minaj. “Ten people living in a three-bedroom home and all the dogs and cats my grandmother had, none of that seemed really abnormal.”
Adding, “I just had to give this [rap] one try because I had never given anything my all. I was like you know what, I don’t care if I end up in a shelter. I am not going back to work,” said Minaj.
The special will also feature interviews from Minaj’s mother and father as well as her childhood friends and school teachers, as they discuss the Pink Friday rapper’s unique and tumultuous days of youth.
“She used to steal the car all of the time. And she didn’t have her license yet,” said Robert Minaj, Minaj’s father
Fans will also hear from Swizz Beatz as well as Minaj’s friend and mentor Lil Wayne, who explains why he was so intent on signing the rapper to his Young Money label.
“I was like, this female here is amazing,” said Wayne. “She’d be amazing for my label as well, and so that’s when I knew I wanted to sign her, as soon as I heard her, as soon as I saw her.”
E! Entertainment Special: Nicki Minaj premieres July 13 at 10:00 p.m. EST on E! – nicholas robinson