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Nicki Minaj (wikipedia)

Nicki Minaj was born on December 8th, 1984.
She recently became very popular in the Rap
music industry, and she released her first album
entitled, “Pink Friday” on November 19th, 2010.
Prior to the release of her first album, she
collaborated with a number of very famous
artists such as Eminem, Christina Aguilera,
Usher, Drake, Lil' Wayne, Kanye West, Keyshia
Cole, and many others. She got her big break
by posting her music on the MySpace social
network. From there, another rapper discovered
her and asked her to sing with him on some
songs. Following this, others asked her to work
with them as well. After years of being the
“guest rapper” in other artists' songs, her
breakthrough came in 2009-2010, when she
became the first female rapper in history to have
more songs on the Billboard Top 100 Charts than
any other artist.
Nicki Minaj had a troubled childhood. She
was born in Trinidad, which is the southernmost
island in the Caribbean Sea, and a part of the
nation called “Trinidad and Tobago”. When she
was 4 or 5 years old, her parents took her to live
with them in New York City. NYC is where she
really grew up and witnessed some domestic violence. When she was very young her
father tried to kill her mother by burning down their house....with her mother in it. However,
her mother escaped the burning building, and her parents have reconciled – they remain
married and live together to this day. Her father was also an alcoholic and took drugs,
even in her presence. However, Nicki Minaj always knew she wanted to become a
performer, so she worked hard to get into a special NYC high school for the performing
arts called LaGuardia High School. Madonna's daughter attended the same school,
although at a later date. However, her specialty in high school was acting, and not singing.
However, upon graduation she started concentrating more on her music career. That is
when she started posting her music to her personal page on MySpace. It was from there
that she was discovered and her career has taken off since then.
Probably her biggest hit thus far is “Check It Out”. This song uses the beat from a
1983 song by the British group Buggles called “Video Killed The Radio Star”. Another way
to say that one song uses the beat from an older song (usually a classic song) is by using
the verb “to sample”. Nicki Minaj's hit “Check It Out” samples the Buggles' “Video Killed
The Radio Star.”
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When her first hit single “Your Love” leaked long before the release of her album, Nicki
Minaj thought that her career was over even before it began. This is because she did not
like the song. She wasn't even going to include this song in her album, but luck was on
her side, because the song became a huge hit. In fact, it became so popular that she
made a music video for the song.
To collaborate = [VERB] (1)To work together with someone in order to produce something. (2)To
work secretly to help an enemy or opponent. [(1)John and Sarah collaborated on their project of
creating a water pump which purifies water using half the energy of existing purifiers. (2)Boris
Berezovsky is suspected of collaborating with MI-6 in order to discredit Vladimir Putin abroad.]
To reconcile = [VERB] If two people or groups reconcile, then they become friendly again after a
fight or disagreement. [John and Mark used to be best friends, but in 5th grade after they started
trying to date the same girl, they had a huge fight. They didn't reconcile until 12th grade!]
To leak = [VERB] (referring to music/video/intellectual property) To be illegally made available to
the public; To be released to the public by an unauthorized source before the author intends for the
item to be released. [When Paris Hilton's sex tape leaked, her personal image was degraded, but
her popularity skyrocketed.]
NICKI MINAJ QUIRKS
Nicki Minaj has several quirks which make
her an interesting artist. Her quirky personality attracts
attention and has caused many people to compare her to
Lady Gaga. What do you think about that comparison?
Like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj has a name for her
fans. Lady Gaga calls her fans “Little Monsters”, and Nicki
Minaj calls her fans her “Barbies” (females) and “Ken-
Barbs” (males). Her fan base is very strong for an artist
who has not been on the scene for long. However, her
personality is also a bit polarizing. Some people have
criticized her for acting “fake” to sell records. Others who
do not like her style have said that she lacks talent.
However, given the number of #1 hits she has, this
argument doesn't seem to hold water.
One of Nicki Minaj's quirks is her habit of making
strange facial expressions and gestures during her music
videos and interviews. In a recent interview, Nicki said that
she does this to avoid being characterized as a sex symbol.
She added, “That's why I make the goofiest faces – I don't
want people to think I'm up here being cute. I'm trying to be
entertaining, and entertaining is more than exuding sex appeal.” Watch her music video
for “Check It Out” on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqky5B179nM) – what
do you think about this music video? Did you like the concept of her video? What did you
like the most and least about it?
She was born in the Caribbean country of Trinidad & Tobago, but when she speaks
she has a New York accent. However, when she sings she uses very strange intonations
to create original-sounding music. She has also been known to randomly start speaking in
a British accent, which she does very well. This trait may have arisen from her history as a
student of theater.
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Another strange aspect of her personality is her style of clothing and her appearance.
She often changes her appearance and her hair, but when she does, she creates extreme
looks. What do you think about her style?
Quirk = [NOUN] A strange, unusual, and/or annoying habit. [One is his quirks is that he always
has to be the first person to hang up the phone when someone calls him.]
(Something) doesn't hold water = Something (usually a theory or reason for something) is not
believable/valid/real; Weak in theoretical base. [Are you kidding me? You want to skip today's
exam because you want to watch The Simpsons on TV? That excuse doesn't hold water at the
university!! Or anywhere else for that matter.....]
Gesture = [NOUN] (1)A physical movement that communicates a feeling or instruction.
(2)Something that you do to communicate your feelings or intentions. [(1)Joan raised her arms in a
gesture of triumph. (2)Offering to cook Thanksgiving dinner for us was a very nice gesture since
we don't have an oven and can't cook a turkey.]
To exude = [VERB] To exhibit a trait or characteristic in abundance. [Craig exudes confidence, and
because of that people tend to believe whatever he says, even when he is completely wrong.]
NICKI MINAJ LYRICS
What do the following lyrics mean to you?
(1) “You see right through me. How do you do that s#@$^.?”
(2) “And we be doin' donuts while we wave in the 380, We give a lot of money to the
babies out in Haiti...” (CORRECT THE GRAMMAR and explain what she means...)
CONVERSATION
Sergei: Hey guys, who's
up for going to the Nicki
Minaj concert tomorrow
night?
Varya: Nicki Minaj? Oh no,
I'll pass!
Viktor: Who's Nicki Minaj?
What type of music does
she sing?
Varya: Well, it's kind of like
Pop, but with at least one
verse of Rap.....
Viktor: Oh cool! That's just
like my favorite band,
Banderos!
Varya: Yes Viktor, we
know....
Sergei: So does that mean that you're in, Viktor? The concert starts at 7pm and it's in
Kupchino.
Varya: Kupchino? Typical. All those rapper types always try to pretend they're so ghetto
and live in the hood. I'm sure she lives in a mansion and only sips the finest
champagne.....
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Viktor: I would floss too if I had a multi-million dollar record contract!
Sergei: I hope you would floss in any case. It's a healthy habit for ensuring you have
clean teeth!
Viktor: Very funny, Sergei. You're such a smart alec!
Sergei: So, are you going to go to the concert with me?
Viktor: Well, she's been compared to Banderos, so of course I'm going!!
Sergei: This is your last chance, Varya. Want to come with us?
Varya: You'd have to PAY me to go to one of her concerts. I'd rather sit at home and
watch paint dry.
Sergei: Suit yourself.
Viktor: We'll try to get her autograph for you, Varya.
Varya: Don't bother. I'd rather have the autograph of someone classy, like Governor
Matvienko.
Sergei: Well, I doubt she'll be at the concert, so don't hold your breath!
Varya: Alright, well you boys have fun.....if that's possible at a Nicki Minaj concert.....
Viktor: Whoa Varya, when did you become such a hater? You must be stressed out – my
advice for you is to take a vacation.....
Sergei: Yeah, maybe tonight you should just chill out and relax at home with a cup of hot
tea and a book.
Varya: Now THAT sounds splendid. It's a plan.
Who's up for (doing something)? = Who wants to (do something)? = Who is willing and able to (do
something)?
To floss = [VERB] HERE: Slang term meaning to show off one's wealth and/or flaunt one's expensive
belongings. [I hate it when my friend goes on and on about how expensive his watch is. Whenever he meets
someone new, he always has to show them the watch and tell them how expensive it is. I hate when he
flosses like that..] [NOTE: This is the kind of low-class slang meaning of to floss. 9 times out of 10, when
someone uses the verb TO FLOSS, they are talking about cleaning their teeth by putting dental floss in
between their teeth.]
Hater = [NOUN] Slang term for a person who always complains about something or someone and heavily
criticizes something or someone without a good reason. [I'm not sure what I did to make Sarah mad at me,
but she is going around telling everyone really nasty lies about me. I guess she's just a hater who is mad
that I'm more popular than her.]
Just Speak!
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  1. Látó avatar

    On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM, Látó said:

    Haliho Kedves..... .....!
    Nem tudom kinek küldöm és azt sem hogy ki látja és olvassa majd,de azt mindenképp szeretném megemlíteni,mint Látói képességgel rendelkez? Ifjú,hogy a hálózaton böngészve különféle zenei portálokon szembet?n?en kiemelked? volt számomra Nicki Minaj énekeshölgy színpadi teljesítménye. Összetéveszthetetlen hangszíne,egyedi megjelenése,változatossága és ugyebár leutánozhatatlan "Barbie"-sága irányt mutat a 21.századi kezdetleges popdívái között. Nem akarok mélyebben bele menni személyeskedni,mert akkor egy nagyon hosszú unalmas és szánalmas "sztárnévsorlistával" kellene untatnom az olvasót/olvasókat.
    Üdvözlettel: Látó(T.)

  2. Látó avatar

    On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM, Látó said:

    Haliho Kedves..... .....!
    Nem tudom kinek küldöm és azt sem hogy ki látja és olvassa majd,de azt mindenképp szeretném megemlíteni,mint Látói képességgel rendelkez? Ifjú,hogy a hálózaton böngészve különféle zenei portálokon szembet?n?en kiemelked? volt számomra Nicki Minaj énekeshölgy színpadi teljesítménye. Összetéveszthetetlen hangszíne,egyedi megjelenése,változatossága és ugyebár leutánozhatatlan "Barbie"-sága irányt mutat a 21.századi kezdetleges popdívái között. Nem akarok mélyebben bele menni személyeskedni,mert akkor egy nagyon hosszú unalmas és szánalmas "sztárnévsorlistával" kellene untatnom az olvasót/olvasókat.
    Üdvözlettel: Látó(T.)

  3. Látó avatar

    On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM, Látó said:

    Haliho Kedves..... .....!
    Nem tudom kinek küldöm és azt sem hogy ki látja és olvassa majd,de azt mindenképp szeretném megemlíteni,mint Látói képességgel rendelkez? Ifjú,hogy a hálózaton böngészve különféle zenei portálokon szembet?n?en kiemelked? volt számomra Nicki Minaj énekeshölgy színpadi teljesítménye. Összetéveszthetetlen hangszíne,egyedi megjelenése,változatossága és ugyebár leutánozhatatlan "Barbie"-sága irányt mutat a 21.századi kezdetleges popdívái között. Nem akarok mélyebben bele menni személyeskedni,mert akkor egy nagyon hosszú unalmas és szánalmas "sztárnévsorlistával" kellene untatnom az olvasót/olvasókat.
    Üdvözlettel: Látó(T.)

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