Born in the Saint James district of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens of New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). Early in her career, Minaj became known for her colorful costumes and wigs, her distinct flow, and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. In 2010, Minaj released her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010) to positive reviews. It was certified triple-platinum by RIAA, peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200 and yielded Minaj's first top-five single "Super Bass", peaking at number three and becoming the highest-charting solo song by a female rapper since 2002. Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), saw Minaj move towards a dance-pop and pop rap sound. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with its lead single, "Starships", peaking at number five on the Hot 100. Minaj's third and fourth studio albums, The Pinkprint (2014) and Queen (2018), marked a departure from her previous style and a return to her hip hop roots. The Pinkprint was released to generally favorable reviews, with the album being retrospectively acclaimed by some critics. The second single "Anaconda" peaked at number two on the Hot 100, with the music video becoming the first solo female rap video to reach one billion views on YouTube. Her 2021 re-release of her 2009 mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest debuting female rap mixtape in Billboard 200 history.
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