"I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind," she told Details magazine, "because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be.I thought, ' If I'm successful, I can change her life.'"To reach that point, the young Minaj developed personas for herself that would allow her to reinvent herself. At the age of 12, she authored her first rap, then went on to delve into acting at La Guardia High School of Music and Art, the school that inspired the movie Determined to make it in the music business, Minaj took on backup singing roles for local New York City rappers, including Full Force. She was eventually discovered by the Dirty Money CEO Fendi, who came across Minaj's My Space page, loved what he heard, and signed her to his label.In April of that year, she released her first single, "Massive Attack," followed by "Your Love." Two months later she won Best Hip Hop Female at the annual BET Awards. album dropped that November, with eight singles released to promote it.It went triple platinum, and received generally positive reviews.Born in the Caribbean, she moved to New York as a five-year-old and has overcome a difficult childhood to become one of the most successful rap artists of this or any other generation.
Television viewers got to see the two square off once the show's 12th season began airing in early 2013.She solidified her growing rep with appearances on the compilation album (2009), also collaborating with Mariah Carey and Robin Thicke.By early 2010, anticipation had built up around Minaj's debut album, which was scheduled for release that fall.Minaj and Carey got into an argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Minaj storming off stage.Carey later claimed that Minaj threatened her with physical harm and decided to hire extra security as a result, according to the New York Daily News.The infectious dance song "Starships" was the first breakout single.