The birth name of Nicki Minaj is Onika Tanja Maraj. She was born in Trinidad but raise since 5 years old in Jamaica-Queens New York. She is signed with Young Money and will be distributed by Universal Motown.
However what I noticed is she is one of the most played artists on the radio, yet neither her birth name nor pseudonymous name shows up in queries with BMI, ASCAP or SESAC. Sure you can have management handle these affairs, but still it should be in your name.
When you look up songs she performed it never give her credits as a writer or co-writer, so I had to ask myself is Nicki Minaj really getting paid or is she just another voice on everybody’s tracks but her own?
I mean everybody knows that the real money these days is in royalties. Out of the Lil Wayne crew you often see his name on all kinds of records and even Drake shows up on a regular, but Nicki Minaj name is nowhere to be seen.
I hope I am wrong but Nicki Minaj is a probably just a voice at the studio to put on tracks. You hear her all day on the radio yet she does not get a dime from the airplay. She goes to the radio stations to get the songs played by whatever means and even has to pay people to perform her songs on stage. This is a sad day in music.
We will not make the same mistake with NaQuila, aka Stackz 2020 and Female Gotti, who is registered with ASCAP and also co-writes most of her material. NaQuila is no Nicki, neither in persona or business etiquette. She is also signed with Universal Music Group under Involved Records.
Nicki Minaj is the common example of an artist being pimped for a new dress, makeup and a car and maybe a temporary dwelling place contingent to continued cooperation.
I guess Lil Wayne tells her we will take care of you, so you have nothing to worry about. But in reality she should be taking care of herself. This is a shame but who is the blame?