Nicki Minaj has come a long way with her versatility and animated flow in rapping. She has brought a new change to the new generation singing and rapping, for which the youngsters have loved her style and performances so much.
Her fans are always curious to know about her personal life. Some people think she is from Japan for her interest in the animated looks of Japanese anime but is Nicki Minaj Japanese? Her rapping talent has made her the best-selling female rapper globally, with more than 100 million records sold all over the world.
Her lesser-known side or talent is that she is also a voice artist and voiced many famous animated characters in Ice Age 2, Angry Birds movies, etc. Nonetheless, we will know more about her origin than where she came from and belongs here.
Nicki Minaj Origin
Nicki Minaj or Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Port of Spain in Saint James district, Trinidad and Tobago. She was born to her Indo-Trinidadian father, Robert Maraj, and Afro-Trinidadian mother, Carol Maraj. From this, you can say a lot about her origin that she has most of the Trinidadian genes in her!
However, she was raised and brought up in New York City’s Queens’. Since her father is Indo-Trinidadian, Nicki has a quarter of Indian roots in her, and she shares her love for Indian food and provides charity to Indian Villages. From all these instances and Nicki’s parents, we all can imagine her origin.
Why does everyone assume Nicki is Japanese?
Once on social media, some of Nicki’s fans claimed that her great-grandfather originated from Japan, for which she has some Japanese roots. However, it is a false and unexplained claim which Nicki never clarified.
The assumption was raised based on Nicki’s love for Japanese culture and style. However, in one of her interviews, she said that she loves to watch Japanese anime and wants to highlight Japanese culture and art more in her songs.
Also, she often wears Japanese-style clothing and outfits. At the 2017 met gala, Nicki gracefully pulled off a Japanese kimono dress. Not only does Nicki love Japan, but Japanese people love Nicki too.
They have translated numerous albums of Nicki in the Japanese language to enjoy the world-class rapper’s songs. The rapper received much appreciation and honor from Japan when she was featured in the cover photo of Japanese Vogue magazine in 2018.
The Japanese love her style and see her as a fashion icon, and they appreciate that Nicki is reflecting Japanese culture in her art.
So, as you know now that Nicki Minaj is not Japanese, neither does she have any roots in Japan. None of her close or even extended family belongs from Japan. She loves Japan and its culture, and there is nothing wrong or unusual to love a country you don’t belong from. I hope it has cleared your confusion regarding the rapper’s origin.