Minaj set a record on the Billboard Hot 100 by appearing on the most singles on the chart at one time, with seven entries including her song "Your Love," Ludacris' "My Chick Bad," Lil Wayne's "Knockout," Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up," Usher's "Lil Freak," Sean Kingston's "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," and Jay Sean's "2012 (It Ain't The End)." She is also the first female rapper to top the Billboard Rap Chart with her single "Your Love" since Lil' Kim's cameo on 50 Cent's "Magic Stick" in 2003 and Missy Elliot's "Work It" in 2002.
She cites Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne, Leona Lewis and Natasha Bedingfield as her musical influences. She's also a big fan of Enya, the Irish singer who makes soothing, atmospheric music. Nicki says it helps her relax and boosts her creativity.
Her style is characterized by the presence of different personalities. The reason behind this has to do with her troublesome family. Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, formed alter egos growing up to cope with her childhood, as she recalls with New York Magazine, "To get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a new person.?'Cookie' was my first identity - that stayed with me for a while. I went on to Harajuku Barbie, then Nicki Minaj. Fantasy was my reality."
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