Nicki Minaj Posts First Pictures and Videos of Son Nicknamed ‘Papa Bear’ | 22 Words

Nicki Minaj has kept things pretty quiet surrounding the birth of her baby, but now, we've finally been given a glimpse of the adorable new addition to her family!

Read on to have a look at her beautiful baby boy...

The adorable new pictures show how Papa Bear is already blinged up to the max...

via: Getty Images

Exciting, right? But it's been a long journey to finally get here!

For those who've been living under a rock, let's take a little walk down memory lane.

via: Getty Images

In 2009, Nicki Minaj was discovered by rapper Lil Wayne, who helped start her career off with a bang.

Wayne signed her to his Young Money Entertainment and soon after, Minaj was featured on Yo Gotti's "5 Star B*tch."

via: Getty Images

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 Images

It 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 Images

And that same year Minaj had an embarrassing "nip slip" on Good Morning America. Even though she apologized for the accidental incident, the Parents Television Council well and truly came after her.

Luckily, the year wasn't all bad for the star.

via: Getty Images

Minaj was nominated for 3 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.

"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 Images

But 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.... Yikes.

Her next album, The Pinkprint, was released on December 15th, 2014.

via: Getty Images

It 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 to Holocaust survivors. That's a big no from us.

But in March of the following year, she pulled a boss move...

Minaj released 3 of her singles all at once and subsequently broke the record for most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist in history. The record was previously held by Aretha Franklin!

By now, everyone was awaiting Minaj's fourth album with bated breath...

via: Getty Images

But it kept getting pushed back again, and again... and again. She kept announcing the changes on her Instagram account, but no one knew why... until suddenly, the timing all made sense.

In 2019, she surprised audiences by appearing onstage with Ariana Grande at Coachella during "Side to Side" and "Bang Bang."

via: Getty Images

Everything seemed to be going well. Minaj announced her fifth album on Jimmy Fallon, telling him "You're the first to find out... of course, there's a new album."

But as of recent, her personal life has been stealing the spotlight.

Nicki Minaj has been in a relationship with her man Kenneth Petty for a while now. She's even gone as far as changing her Twitter handle to "Mrs. Petty" after rumors were circulating that the two had fully committed to each other.

But then, fans started speculating if the singer was pregnant...

A series of replies to her fans have triggered pregnancy rumors, including ones that claimed she was "going to post a pic of her baby bump" in a few months.

Here's the tweet from a few months ago:

She claims the "world isn't even ready yet..."

And trust me, we really weren't ready for our wigs to be snatched like that...

As promised, Minaj announced that she was expecting her first child along with a series of gorgeous pictures of her baby bump.

And naturally...

The internet went up in flames over the announcement.

And if you weren't excited enough, here are the photos she posted along with the announcement:

Here's the first one showing the rapper in a yellow wig while holding her stomach.

And the second also played on her iconic look...

But despite her outfit and blue hair, all we can focus on his her adorable baby bump.

And here's the last one she posted to her Instagram:

Within an hour of her announcement, these posts received millions of likes, as well as congratulations from fans and friends alike including Sam Smith, Halle Berry, and Jesy Nelson.

We couldn't be happier for Nicki Minaj and her partner...

via: Instagram

And the news soon followed the Nicki had given birth on September 30th, 2020.

Nicki has been pretty tight-lipped about motherhood ever since and has remained pretty quiet...

But she did share one adorable picture of her baby after giving birth.

She shared this adorable image with the caption, "Happy anniversary, my love."

So sweet! But now, we've finally been given a proper glimpse of the 3-month-old, known as Papa Bear.

And even been treated to a little video of him...

Posting on Instagram yesterday, Nicki captioned the pic, "#PapaBear thank you so very much for choosing me to be your mama 🎀🦄🙏 ."

Papa Bear's already looking pretty comfortable in his designer onesies.

Nicki captioned the post: "Wishing you guys a happy & prosperous New Year. Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It’s meant so much to me. Becoming a mom is by far the most fulfilling job I’ve ever taken on." "Sending love to all the superhero mothers out there. Big hugs to all the women who have been pregnant during this challenging time." We can't wait to see more of the adorable family! For more celebrity baby news, scroll on...