75 Nicki Minaj Quotes on Success and Motivation

Nicki Minaj born Onika Tanya Maraj is a Trinidadian-born singer songwriter and actress known for her quick-spoken rap style and provocative lyrics.

She is recognized for her colorful wigs and bold clothing.

Minaj moved from Trinidad and Tobago to New York when she was five and used creative outlets to escape her tough childhood.

She entered the music industry as a backup singer then gained attention through her Myspace page.


Lil Wayne discovered her and they produced mixtapes together.

She signed with Young Money Entertainment in 2009 releasing successful albums and singles.

Minaj also acted in movies and lent her voice to animated films.

Her hit singles ‘Anaconda’, ‘Starships’, and ‘Super Bass’ made her popular.

I have chosen some of the best quotes by Nicki Minaj.

Powerful Nicki Minaj Quotes

1. “Strange how someone you once loved can become just another person you once knew.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).


2. “I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn’t mean you’re alive.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

3. “You gave me strength gave me hope for a lifetime.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

4. “Good advice I always hated, but looking back it made me greater.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

5. “I don’t want a wig that looks like a wig; I want one that could pass for a weave.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

6. “Anyway, I think I met him sometime before, in a different life or where I record. I mean he was Adam, I think I was Eve, but my vision ends with the apple on the tree”. ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

7. “Starships were meant to fly”. ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

8. “You could never understand why I grind like I do Makiyah & Jalani why I grind like I do”. ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

9. “I get what I desire, it’s my empire”. ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

10. “Only one chance one bullet in the gun. This is my life and I only got one, yeah. The safety’s off and I put on her. Oh stick ‘em up, stick ‘em up. Ready to shoot.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).

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11. “But had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking pickle juice right now.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

12. “Dear God, I am only what you made me and I appreciate everything that you gave me, but like, I don’t want to do it anymore, sort of lost sight of what I’m doing it for.” ~ (Nicki Minaj). 

13. “I don’t mind being called a weirdo.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

14. “Anyway I think I met him in the Swai. I was a Geisha, he was a Samurai”. ~ (Nicki Minaj).


15. “You can be the king, but watch the queen conquer.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

16. “I’m a role model now. I didn’t know I was gonna have 13-year-old fans, so I’ve tried to change a few things here and there. But I also know that the girls don’t want me to be Miley Cyrus, either.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

17. “No I’m not lucky, I’m blessed.” ~ (Nicki Minaj). 

18. “Your victory is right around the corner. Never give up.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

19. “Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

20. “I don’t have to do things just to please people. It’s okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they’re really the only ones that should matter.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

21. “I don’t know if the secret of life is to find love, but I do think one of the secrets of life is to embody love.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

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22. “I vowed that I’d never allow any man to control me or to be an alcoholic or anything like that around me, because I don’t want my children seeing that.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

23. “My best and worst ‘Idol’ moments? I don’t have a worst ‘Idol’ moment… I’ve been spectacular. Yes, I am going to toot my own horn. And then my best moment is every single moment. I’ll toot it again!” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

24. “I want to show little girls that the possibilities are endless. That’s my goal – to not only do it for myself, but to show them I can do whatever I put my mind to.” ~ (Nicki Minaj). 

25. “I think a child may be the only thing that could give me true happiness.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

26. “One of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj and I fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me. I’ve always hated it.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).

27. “My rule is, whatever you were calling me four years ago is what you should be calling me now, because I don’t like it when my family or close friends call me ~ (Nicki Minaj).. To me I’m not ~ (Nicki Minaj). when I’m with them.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

28. “I’ve always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind – because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn’t be.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

29. “I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

30. “I can rap in a London accent, make weird faces, wear spandex, wigs, and black lipstick. I can be more creative than the average male rapper.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

31. “I don’t agree that everyone should agree with everyone’s lifestyle. I think that some people aren’t going to agree, but I think that when you’re mean and when you ridicule people it’s a sign of your own insecurities.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).

32. “I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

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33. “Fame is the worst pain known to man. It’s stronger than heroin.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

34. “I feel like my entire career and life, I’ve been judged by people who did not really know me. I definitely think that they probably were right to assume what they had assumed about me, because there was such little to go on out there.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

35. “I think one of the things I was shocked about was how interested the world is in ‘American Idol’ and how people, writers, they write about ‘Idol’ all the time, and I guess I didn’t expect that.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

36. “I cannot hold a grudge against Mariah Carey. What people don’t understand is that I’ve looked up to her for so many years.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

37. “If people are sitting in the barbershop talking about my butt, it’s conversational. That’s what people are gonna do.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

38. “I know right now she has no idea who I am, but I’d like to collaborate with Enya one day. Of course I’d love to work with Jay-Z, maybe even Phil Collins. I love his voice.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

39. “The animated bug has bitten pop culture. It makes me feel happy and free. When you don’t act seriously, you can make up your own rules.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

40. “Lavender is the new pink. I’ll never stop wearing pink but I wanted to venture out.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

41. “I think sometimes the fashion world isn’t even about clothes anymore; it’s about this ‘in’ crowd, and I’m not into that.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).

Inspiring Nicki Minaj Quotes

42. “People always want to talk about who I was, but I’ve always been singing, always been experimenting with pop music.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).

43. “Female rappers get it the hardest. You have to be a girl, yet you have to be just as hard as the guys. I think some female rappers get scared out of the business before they can make it.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

44. “Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I am like, ‘This is a high-top day’ or ‘This is a bob day,’ but when I get my clothes on that’s when I see.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

45. “My whole life is about being ~ (Nicki Minaj). now. It’s a never-ending saga.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

46. “I look at rap as an opportunity to act. My head is full of different characters – in each song I’m auditioning a character.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

47. “My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

48. “I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination – in terms of providing for my family – is absolutely my goal.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

49. “My goal the whole time has been for people to see me as a stand-alone artist. I came out with Young Money, the biggest hip-hop label in the world at the time. And then it was, ‘How do I branch away from Lil Wayne?’” ~ (Nicki Minaj).


50. “Everyone knows I’m a lash girl by now. When I don’t have my lashes, I feel naked.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

51. “When I get up in the morning and put on a pink or a green wig, I see myself as a piece of animation. It lets me be the person I want to be, a person who’s not embarrassed to have fun.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

52. “My wigs are ever-changing in height, width, color, size. They make me feel happy. Wearing them makes me feel like I can be a different person every day and that is kind of exciting.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

53. “I do have a few personalities. When people started making a big deal out of it, I started making names for these people.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

54. “I hate formal stuff. I love looking like a doll and all that stuff and playing dress up, but when I’m home, sweat pants, t-shirt. When I’m in the studio, sweat pants, t-shirt.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

55. “I don’t want children cursing. I’m very strict on my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

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56. “If I’m traveling, I’ll pack socks in my bag – really cute furry ones.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

57. “So, my happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).

58. “I’m just happy that ‘Idol’ producers gave me a shot on the show and to be able to show who I really was, because I feel like I’m every single woman.” ~ (Nicki Minaj). 


59. “I don’t need to Google myself.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

61. “I’ve constantly tried new things, even as a child, and have always been obsessed with pink. Now I’m just a little more ladylike and fearless. You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It’s exhilarating.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).

62. “I’ve always been the type of person to make everybody happy and get things done. I want everything to be 100% perfect.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

Nicki Minaj Quotes for Motivation

63. “I hate cameras. I hate cameras and I hate camera phones. The camera’s my worst enemy and my best friend. It’s the way I convey my emotions to the world without saying a word, so I use it. People always say, ‘You come alive as soon as the camera’s on!.’” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

64. “When people see my makeup, they think all types of crazy things that I’m doing to my skin, but it’s makeup. It’s the weirdest thing. They’ll see contouring and think you had surgery on your nose. No. No. No. Look at ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and you’ll see… you can make your nose look… whatever shape you want it.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

65. “I happen to be a pessimist, and maybe that’s a good thing because I don’t stop to smell the roses – which is not a good personal thing. I don’t stop and enjoy those moments… Always on to the next and never in the moment.”  ~ (Nicki Minaj).

66. “My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want – and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

67. “My happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

68. “You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It’s exhilarating.” ~ (Nicki Minaj). 


69. “Maybe your weird is my normal. Who’s to say?” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

70. “People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I faced difficulties with a lot of things. I face opposition every day, but I didn’t kill myself and now, thank God, I’m here.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

71. “You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

72. “I think most artists will experience a lot of negative people on Twitter but, thank God, I’ve got so many followers that I’m not able to see them that much. I’ll see some from time to time but, for the most part, I always focus on something good.” ~ (Nicki Minaj).  

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Short Biography of Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty on December 8, 1982, in Trinidad, is a celebrated rapper and singer based in the U.S., often dubbed the “Queen of Rap.”

She rose to fame with three mixtapes released between 2007 and 2009.

Full Name Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty
Born December 8, 1982 (age 41) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Occupations Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Years active 2004–present
Works Discography, Songs Recorded, Videography, Performances
Parents Robert Maraj, Carol Maraj
Spouse Kenneth Petty (m. 2019)
Partners Safaree Samuels (2000–2014), Meek Mill (2014–2016)
Children 1
Height 1.57 m
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres Hip Hop, Pop, Pop Rap
Instrument(s) Vocals
Labels Young Money, Cash Money, Republic, Heavy On It
Website nickiminajofficial.com

Her debut album, “Pink Friday,” hit number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 in 2010, with its single “Super Bass” earning diamond certification.

Minaj continued to top charts with subsequent albums, exploring various music styles and achieving significant milestones, including her first solo number-one hit in 2022 with “Super Freaky Girl.”

Beyond music, she has taken on roles in animation and film.

Quick Facts about Nicki Minaj

  • Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982, in Trinidad.
  • She moved to Queens, New York City at the age of five.
  • Originally aspiring to be an actress, Nicki attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art.
  • Her stage name, “Nicki Minaj,” was inspired by her alter ego “Harajuku Barbie.”
  • Rapper Lil Wayne discovered Nicki’s talent through her mixtapes.
  • She signed with Young Money Entertainment in 2009, becoming the first female artist on the label.
  • Her debut album, “Pink Friday,” hit number one on the US Billboard 200 chart in 2010.
  • Nicki has notable hits like “Super Bass,” “Starships,” and “Anaconda.”
  • She has been nominated for several Grammy Awards.
  • Nicki Minaj is also a talented singer, known for her vocal abilities in songs like “Moment 4 Life.”
  • She enjoys a global fan base thanks to her unique blend of hip-hop and pop.
  • Her collaborations include works with Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Drake, and Lil Wayne.
  • Nicki is recognized as a fashion icon due to her bold and eccentric fashion choices.
  • Beyond music, she engages in philanthropy, focusing on education and supporting disadvantaged youth.
  • She is highly active on social media, interacting with her fans regularly.
  • Nicki has ventured into business with her own fashion line and fragrances.
  • She often shares empowering and motivational quotes.
  • Her collaboration on the song “Monster” is considered one of her most iconic tracks.
  • Nicki holds the record as the first female solo artist with seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.
  • She has explored acting, starring in films like “The Other Woman.”
  • Nicki has also done voice acting for films like “Angry Birds” and “The Lego Movie.”
  • Throughout her career, Nicki has experienced various controversies due to her outspoken nature.
  • She launched “Queen Radio” on Beats 1, where she interacts with fans and discusses diverse topics.
  • In 2019, she took a brief break from music to focus on personal matters.
  • Her album “Queen” was released in 2018 to critical acclaim.
  • Over the years, Nicki has earned numerous awards including BET and MTV Video Music Awards.
  • She has been acknowledged as a powerful cultural figure who challenges traditional norms.
  • A strong advocate for female empowerment, Nicki inspires women in the music industry.
  • She actively speaks out on social issues like racial injustice and women’s rights.
  • Nicki’s career is marked by continuous evolution and reinvention, maintaining her iconic status in music.

Top Questions about Nicki Minaj

Q: How did Nicki Minaj rise to fame?

A: Nicki Minaj rose to fame after her 2007 mixtape caught the eye of the music industry. Her distinctive rap style led to a contract with Young Money Entertainment. Her debut album, “Pink Friday,” released in 2010, brought her mainstream success.

Q: How many children does Nicki Minaj have?

A: Nicki Minaj has one child, a son, with her husband Kenneth “Kenny” Petty. The couple reconnected in 2018 and got married in 2019 after initially meeting and dating during high school.

Q: What are some of Nicki Minaj’s biggest hits?

A: Some of Nicki Minaj’s biggest hits include “Super Bass,” “Starships,” “Anaconda,” and the collaborative song “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.

Q: Who has Nicki Minaj dated?

A: Nicki Minaj has had several high-profile relationships including with Safaree Samuels, Meek Mill, and Nas, and she is currently married to Kenneth “Zoo” Petty.

Q: Has Nicki Minaj won any awards?

A: Yes, Nicki Minaj has received numerous awards, including Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and BET Awards, recognizing her influence and success in the music industry.

Q: Is Nicki Minaj from Sri Lanka?

A: No, Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago and is based in the United States.

Q: Is Nicki Minaj involved in any philanthropic work?

A: Yes, Nicki Minaj is involved in philanthropy, supporting educational initiatives, poverty alleviation, and domestic violence awareness.

Q: What are some of Nicki Minaj’s notable collaborations?

A: Nicki Minaj has worked with many famous artists, including Beyoncé, Kanye West, David Guetta, and Rihanna.

Q: Does Nicki Minaj have any other talents besides music?

A: Yes, besides her musical career, Nicki Minaj has ventured into acting, with roles in “The Other Woman” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut.”

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