Guess who's an islandista?
That's right, Young Money's sole femcee, the Barbie-fied Nicki Minaj - known in her former life as Onika Maraj, a dougla and the daughter of two Trinis from Queens. Onika Maraj... it sound like a Trini gyul yuh know ent? Something very familiar and Trini-ish about the name.
Check the vid with her repping T&T below. (NSFW)
Following in the footsteps (well, hopefully aside from the beating Korean nail technicians t'ing) of fellow Trini-descended NY femcee Foxy Brown, Nicki is very serious about bringing the glory days of femcees back, telling MTV:
"With the album, I think it's more important that people get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again. Before I drop an album, people need to come out and see. People don't even know what a female rapper does. We're so not used to seeing it. It's nonexistent in categories. We don't get nominated. I need to work [the people] up to accepting a female rapper again and accepting my style and all of that — then the album will come."
While speaking about her song 'Envy' to MTV's Mixtape Daily, Nicki also declared:
"'Still I rise.' These girls are like crabs in a bucket — I feel if you allow one girl to get in the door, she's gonna hold the door open so everybody else can come in. I look at it like it's about us. Female rappers are dead. Where are we? 'Envy' is a very personal record for me because it's real."
She has had a roaring start to her career, even with her debut album still yet to drop - her three mixtapes - Playtime is Ova, Sucka Free and Beam Me Up Scotty have gotten plenty buzz and she has had some super high-profile collabos - with Lil Wayne of course but also with Ludacris on My Chick Bad and with Mariah Carey on Up Out My Face.
Like Mimi, Nicki is a super-girly chick who calls her fans Barbies. She told MTV of her "bad bitch" persona:
"A bad bitch is an exclusive, smart girlie-girl who holds her own."
This girly-ness is expressed in her outfits - de girl love a costume! Thus far she has remade herself as Barbie, Harajuku Barbie ( I don't think Mattel has that one yet...), Wonder Woman and famously, as Lil Kim.
Check out some more of her outfits plus her vid with Luda below.