Nicki Wants You To Meet Onika, Reminisces On Her Days As An Itty-Bitty Immigrant Baby

- By Bossip Staff

If she can’t win you over with the music, Nicki Minaj is determined to win you over on personality. And we’re not talking the funny faces and schizo voices. Nicki wants you to love her cuz she’s so real.

Nicki says her new documentary “My Time Now” is an opportunity for the fans who have in fact fallen in love with the crazy – and the critics who hate her for it – to meet the girl behind the hype.

“They’re gonna meet Onika,” she told MTV News about the doc. “Everybody sees Nicki Minaj; they’re gonna meet Onika. They’re gonna hear my story, and it’s such an inspirational story, which I never really wanted to tell. ‘Cause everyone always feels like you don’t want people to know too much. But when I saw what [MTV and production company] did, I thought, ‘People need to see this.’ It reminds you that everyone always feels like this is it, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I feel like that’s what the doc says at the end.”

In the documentary, cameras follow Nicki over three months as she travels back to her native Trinidad for the first time in seven years; records her debut album, Pink Friday; and purchases a home in New York for her mother.

“I am amazed at what I’ve seen in this film,” Minaj said in a statement. ” … This film is my heart & soul. The visual component to Pink Friday. My fans are the most incredible humans on this planet. Words could never translate my gratitude. Thank you for standing by me. It’s our time now.”

In the latest trailer for “My Time To Now,” set to debut on MTV this Sunday, Nicki revisits her pre-USA childhood days and is moved to tears when asked about her grandmother and the time she spent apart from her mom in Trinidad.

“A lot of times when you’re from the islands your parents will leave and then send for you because it’s easier when they’ve established themselves and they have a place to stay and they have a job. I thought it would be two days but it turned into two years without my mother.”

She also speaks candidly about her dad’s drug addiction.

“We didn’t know, but he fell victim to crack right after he moved to America. And then when you’re on crack, you can’t keep a job. And when you can’t keep a job, you don’t have money. And when you don’t have money you steal; and you steal from your family.”

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She almost lost us when, immediately after crying, her makeup was being touched up. Like there’s a limit to just how human this chick is really going to get.


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  • Hannibal



      I luv Nikki.. I wanna make her my wifey

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    • Lmao

      This interview is sooo obvious fake lol, with all the artist outthere that has done something like this before non of them had a mirror so close in just a hand reach, u only have that if ur knowing u will cry and in a real interview u never know wich question gives u that emotion atleast i have too say its nice acting 🙂 stil like some of her songs though

  • Ibn

    she will easily sell a mil…her cd is hot…FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END

    • texas

      it is really good.

  • nana

    I like her but imma need her 2 shut up about lil kim! Kim is the Hiphop queen! CRACk is WaCk!

    • LOL

      STFU! @ nana/Hannibal Peppa/Dr Black and Its Me.

      Your the only psychedelic manic depressive lunatic who will say something on one thread and totally contradict yourself on another AND then turn around and create characters to cosign the stupid ish you say.


    don’t be stupid about the makeup fix…all celebs who cry during an interview have their makeup touched up afterward on oprah, babs walters, larry king…they just wait to have it done during the commercial breaks.
    y’all are so damn simple, sheesh! 😦

    • PiinkD

      I dont think anythings wrong with her make-up touch up right there n then either because at least we know it wasnt “A Part of the Plan” im glad they didnt edit it out, who wants to be seen in tears? at their weakest moment? NO ONE!, Her make-up is in a way a mask to protect her EGO…its a defense mechanism to protect her from what people will have to say…

  • chrissy

    @nana i like her too and i wish she keep kim outta her mouth also….


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  • danielle

    um isnt nicki supposed to be 25 or 26?…. I’m 24, (est 1986 lol) and I wasnt alive during the damn “crack era.” I guesstimate that she’s really around 30-32.

    • danielle

      scratch that! i was “alive,” but obviously not OLD enough to remember that period unlike Minaj,… Like i

    • htownchick

      u dumb B*TCH!!U think the crack era was only 1980-85?? Its STILL the crack era if u ask me! IT just depends on your demographic!

    • Yanni

      “We didn’t know, but he fell victim to crack right after he moved to America…”

      Clearly you have not mastered the art of reading for comprehension…She clearly said that her family didn’t know, which means she found out after the fact…She didn’t say anything about remembering the crack era, she just said it was the crack era…smh..and u’re 24?…smh 2 times…

    • yoli

      yeah I could have sworn she was born in 84???? Im not a fan so really wouldnt know( dont behead me) and for people who dont know crack came out in ’88…….

  • juliemango

    Sounds like a revealing doc hope it airs on mtv canada!!!

  • SMH

    I’m sorry, but how can anyone look at this manufactured thing and A) care about her upbringing B) believe a word that comes outta her mouth?

    What part of the game is this?

    I miss talent.

    • riri biggest fan

      @tilasmom i love what u said lol u so damn right lmbaoh

  • what_am_iDoing

    R yall crzy? She nt selling a mil.
    She dope tho—but I’d say 412k

  • Dawnie

    Ughhh the 80’s were the crak era so if you were born in 86 you were born in the crack era….WTF…

  • getyourhandouttamypocket

    @ dawnie: right! Thanks for clearing that up for her…lol

    • Chester

      I thought that was Rihinna in your default picture of Prince.

  • juicyjessica

    I like Nicki Minaj and I didn’t know she was from Trinidad!

  • Angie

    Considering the small amount of info just shared in this article. Is it a surprise that she would have emotional issues? stop trying to dehumanize her!

  • shane

    this is all to sell albums!!!!!! yall dumb azzez falling for it! yall need to quit letting the media control your lives and use your monkey brains sometimes! Rihanna and all the rest of them do the same damn interviews and documentarys around the time they release their albums! THE MEDIA PREYS ON THE STUPID

  • 504_MsGV

    This is dumb and way too fast. I mean. WTF is the world coming too? They acting like she is already a legend. This would sound better if she actually had some age on her. Arrogant heffah. B*tch Bye!

  • jj

    you the one that sound stupid
    Of course its another marketing strategy to sell albums and I applaud her for being a business women
    That’s the whole point of being a artist
    Without selling records you have no career
    Honestly that’s like calling out company’s for the commercials they put out..duh that don’t take away from it being a good document
    I think wit my own brain 24/7 FYI

  • chyna

    Girl the crack era was from 1984 to present time and further more the crack game was pumping back in 1988 get money days

  • chyna

    @ Danielle you are right I’m 30yrs so she probably is around my age.

  • LOL

    I actually felt bad for her. At the end of the day she’s only human.

    Shame on you dizzy bishes to take a statement about crack and make it seem like she’s sooo stupid for it. If your not involved with the crack game how would you know?

  • ItsMe


    I am over her…she is so fake ans such a gimmick i cant even believe her when she is crying…

    she is doing all that she can to sell them albums…but honestly I dont think she has a real story to tell…she wants us to feel sorry for her…but sorry for what? we dont belive you nicki

  • chyna

    You don’t have to be in the crack game to know about it. I lived in suburbs of MD and the big stories in the news around that time was “Crack”and dead bodies. When the former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested in DC for “Crack” it made the headlines. Crack was very high profile in the Washington, DC area especially with the Rayful Edmonds case. Sorry I don’t promote the sell of narcotics; but like I said in 1988 drug dealers were getting paid.

  • LOL

    Awe! Look at you pretendin’ to be normal and independent. You do care what EVERYBODY thinks you co-dependent bish- which is why you create so many alter egos to agree with yourself.

    You know they got medicine for that ish, right?

    Happy Holidays hooka! 🙂

  • AndU-KnowThis

    I fux wit Nicki.

  • bytch hush!!!!

    Last I checked we were STILL in the “Crack Era”…r did I miss something has the drug disappeared?!#Stupidazzhoez

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