Nicki Minaj, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and model extraordinaire, just announced in an explosive new tweet that she plans to retire from the music industry entirely. Starting now.
The announcement has left her fans reeling. Many are in a state of utter shock and disbelief.
Could this have anything to do with the fact that Minaj has been dating musician Kenneth "Zoo" Petty since December of 2018 and recently changed her Twitter name to "Mrs. Petty?" Is marriage in the future for Ms. Minaj? Kids? Stay tuned to find out...
Who is Nicki Minaj?
via: Getty ImagesSome of you may be reading this and saying, "uhh who?" In that case, we have you covered. Let's take a little walk down memory lane. Come with me on a journey to the past. All the way back to 2009.
In 2009, Minaj was discovered by rapper Lil Wayne.
via: Getty ImagesWayne signed her to his Young Money Entertainment and soon after, Minaj was featured on Yo Gotti's "5 Star B*tch." Soon after, she was featured on smash hits "BedRock" and "Roger That," which both charted on Billboard's Hot 100, cementing Minaj as a titan of the rap game.
In 2010, Minaj released her first album.
via: Getty ImagesIt was titled Pink Friday and it debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 list. The album, while still very hip-hop focused, was more pop-forward than many of her fans expected. This crossover helped her gain fans from all over the musical spectrum and kept her songs on Top 40 radio.
In 2011, she toured with Britney Spears on her "Femme Fatale" tour.
via: Getty ImagesThat same year Minaj had an embarrassing nip slip on Good Morning America. Even though she apologized for the incident, the Parents Television Council came after her.
Luckily, the year wasn't all bad.
via: Getty ImagesMinaj was nominated for three Grammy Awards that December, and despite not winning, she was nominated and won an MTV VMA Award for Best Hip-Hop Video for her song "Super Bass."
In 2012, arguably her biggest hit was released.
via: Getty Images"Starships" was played on literally every radio station ever for what felt like an eternity. That's not just my opinion, it's scientific. You couldn't get into an elevator, wait in a waiting room, or shop for groceries without hearing "Starships were made to fly-y-y-y-y-y-y!!!" that year.
Based on that success, Minaj headlined her own tour through 2012.
via: Getty ImagesBut scandal never traveled far behind her. In October of that year, a video leaked that showed Minaj in a fight with songstress Mariah Carey during the American Idol auditions. According to sources, Carey accused Minaj of saying, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that b*tch," but Minaj denied saying it. Carey doubled down, saying that Minaj had created an "unsafe work environment" and called in her security team for backup. Then, Carey claimed Minaj didn't have a number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 during a live broadcast, and that, apparently, was Minaj's limit. Soon after, both women left the show for good.
In 2013, Minaj made her first foray into acting by co-starring in a movie with Cameron Diaz.
via: Getty ImagesThe Other Woman was directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Melissa Stack. Minaj played Cameron Diaz's assistant, Lydia. The film also starred Leslie Mann and Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton.
Her next album, The Pinkprint, was released on December 15th, 2014.
via: Getty ImagesIt debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 but the album was plagued by scandal, the biggest of which surrounded the music video for her song "Only." According to the Anti Defamation League, the video contained all kinds of Nazi-related imagery that was insensitive for Holocaust survivors. Yikes.
Despite the backlash, she starred in Barbershop: The Next Cut in 2015, alongside Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, and Eve.The movie got a hot 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, even receiving acclaim from film critics. She was even nominated for a Teen Choice Awar for her work on the film. Listen, it's not an Oscar but it will do.
In 2017, Minaj was featured on Jason (I dare you not to sing his name out loud) Derulo's single, "Swalla."
In March, she pulled a boss move...
By now, everyone was awaiting Minaj's fourth album with bated breath, but it kept getting pushed back again, and again...
In 2019, she surprised audiences by appearing onstage with Ariana Grande at Coachella during "Side to Side" and "Bang Bang."telling him "You're the first to find out... of course there's a new album." She released a single called "Megatron." Things were fine! They were fine, I tell you!
via: TwitterToday, in one earth-shattering tweet, Minaj announced that she would be retiring from music entirely. Wait, what? Yeah. I know. We are just as shocked as you are.