It's Nicki Minaj's birthday!
Raised in Queens, New York, she jumped on the scene after releasing Playtime Is Over in 2007, and followed it with Sucka Free and Beam Me Up Scotty. Minaj became known for her colorful costumes, wigs, her distinct flow, and use of alter egos and accents.
In 2010, her debut album, Pink Friday, was certified triple-platinum, and peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200 chart, with her first top-five single "Super Bass" peaking at number three on the Hot 100.
Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), debuted at number one, with its lead single, "Starships", peaking at number five. Minaj's Pinkprint and Queen, marked a return to her hip hop roots Pinkprint's single "Anaconda" peaked at number two on the Hot 100.
Her feature on the remix of Doja Cat's "Say So" and her collaboration with 6ix9ine, on "Trollz", marked her first and second number-one singles. Minaj is the female artist with the second-most entries on the Hot 100, behind Taylor Swift, and she has nineteen top 10 singles on the chart, the most for any female rapper.
Her rerelease of Beam Me Up Scotty debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest debut for a female rap mixtape on the chart.
Minaj has 100 million records sold worldwide, with eight American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Guinness World Record.
Happy Birthday Nicki you truly stand in rarified air.