Okay guys, today I am going to start this warm summer afternoon by submitting a lesson on a female rapper. She is part of Young Money, and she is one sassy chic. If you like the group Young Money, then you should like this lesson on “how to draw Nicki Minaj", step by step. Her real name is Onika Maraj, and although her looks may decisive you, she is one tough cookie that knows what it's like to live a hard knock life. From the time she was born, to about five years old, little Onika lived with her grandmother in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. Later, she then moved to Queens which is as you know, located in New York City. Her race is a mix between Afro-Trinidadian, and Indo-Trinidadian, which are people that are of either African, Black, Negro, or Creole descent. Anyway, her prissy voice, and her sometimes “cute” Barbie Doll style is what captures you about her appearance. But when she raps or performs, it's a whole other story. It wasn't until 2004 that she began her musical career starting out as a regular background singer for various rapers in the New York City area. You now how Justin Bieber was discovered on Youtube? Well for Nicki, she was found on the very popular social community, MySpace by the CEO of Dirty Money, Fendi. He later signed Nicki to his record label in 2004, and was later contacted by Lil Wayne. The two rappers began working together on a few mixtapes, which later became the reason why she was dropped by Dirty Money. After years of trial and error, she finally released a mixtape in 2007, and that is when it all started for her. So, as for her discography as far as mixtapes go, she released “Playtime is Over” in 2007, “Sucka Free” in 2008, “Beam Me Up, Scotty” in 2009, and “Barbie World” in 2010. As far as actual albums, she released “Pink Friday” in 2010, and another collaborative album with “We Are Young Money” in 2009. Geez, for a girl that grew up in a tough family setting with an abusive, alcoholic father, she has done pretty good for herself. I had so much fun drawing out Nicki because it felt like I was putting make-up on one of those Barbie Doll heads. Anyways, I think you will have fun learning "how to draw Nicki Minaj", because she is a cute rapper that has a lot of glitz, style, and pizazz! Until next time everyone.