Nicki Minaj is a Trinidad-born rapper and singer. She gained recognition in the late 2000s after releasing several mixtapes. Minaj signed with Young Money Entertainment in 2009 before releasing her uber-successful first album Pink Friday. Nicki’s domination in the industry started after the release of her first album.

She is viewed as one of the most influential female rap artists of all time, with the most entries of any woman in any genre on the Billboard Hot 100. Nicki is currently working on her fifth studio album.

This piece will look at Nicki’s abusive father and her mother’s music career.

Nicki’s abusive father set fire to the family home nearly killing Nicki’s mom

Nicki Minaj, Robert and Carol Maraj

Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to Robert and Carol Maraj. Nicki’s parents are both Trinidadians of African heritage. Robert worked as a financial executive and was a part-time gospel singer. Unfortunately, he was a drug addict, and he often came home to steal. 

Robert was also abusive to his wife. Nicki’s mom found solace in the Church and consistently prayed that Robert would change his ways. However, Robert’s abuse got worse until one day it threatened to get murderous. One night, Robert got so worked up after an argument with Carol that he set the family house on fire, nearly killing her. 

Thankfully, Carol had anticipated the situation and had sent Nicki and her brother away to sleep at a friend’s house. Nicki told Wendy Williams:

“He did burn the house down. It wasn’t an attempt, he did! My mother was in the house and she had to run out at the last time. She had a dream the night before that the house was going to be burned down so she had me and my brother sleep at a friend’s house.”

Carol moved the family to the Bronx in New York City when Minaj was five. Carol’s experiences at the hands of Robert’s inspired her to start The Carol Maraj Foundation. It provides emotional and financial support to victims of domestic violence. Carol aims to build shelters for women who are experiencing abuse.

She spoke to Christian Post and offered the following advice to struggling couples. “I think it is very important for couples to have open communication in their relationships,” she said. “In addition to communication, you need to show respect for one another, and include prayers in your daily life.”

Nicki’s mother wants to uplift women with her gospel music

Nicki Minaj and Carol Maraj
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Nicki’s mother wants to use her gospel music to uplift women. Carol has been making music since she was young, and she is currently putting more effort into releasing music. She told Christian Post:

“I have continuously been working on new songs in the studio, and plan to continue writing and singing. I intend to release at least 5 full gospel albums during my career. I also want to write a book based on overcoming the storms.”

Carol hopes that Nicki will one day make gospel music. Nicki has been slated for her lyrics by the Gospel community, but she hasn’t shied away from talking about God’s impact on her family’s life. She revealed in an interview with The Guardian that the church saved her family from domestic violence. She also sited God and her mother as her heroes.

At the moment, Nicki’s shift to Gospel music seems unlikely, but Carol has faith that it will happen. “The Bible says to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old would not depart from it,” Carol told Christian Post. “I trust that one day Onika will sing unto the Father, because a seed has already been planted. Nothing is too big to God.”