Well what do you know? Nicki Minaj’s life story is getting the biography treatment.
And why not? She really did start from the bottom, and now, well, she’s here, she’s there — she’s everywhere.
Writer Isoul Harris, who serves as editor-in-chief- for Uptown magazine, is the scribe behind Nicki Minaj: Hip Pop Moments 4 Life, and he shares with Ebony.com why he thinks Minaj is worthy of her own book title.
“I decided to write about Nicki Minaj back in 2010. She became the only artist in history to have seven singles in the Top 100 at one time. Like others, I had my doubts about her and thought she was a gimmick, but then I interviewed her. I quickly gathered that this young woman was not only intelligent, but also focused and had a clear vision of where she wanted to go and accomplish,” he says.
And as for what’s most surprising about the rapper and singer and American Idol judge, who, as Harris shares with the dotcom when from nothing to earning a reported $12 million?
“While writing the book, my view of Nicki was constantly evolving. I knew all along that she wanted to be more than a celebrated rap artist. But as I dug deeper, I saw that this Trinidadian-born and New York-raised phenom is a product of a diverse cross-section of both urban and mainstream pop culture. People have been so concerned with her obvious influence by Lil’ Kim. But if you look closer and dig in, you’ll see that Nicki is a musical and anesthetic byproduct of several artists from the zeitgeist: from Cyndi Lauper to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Boy George to Grace Jones. She has never believed that hip-hop was large enough to contain her solely.”
The book is on shelves now. Read the rest of the interview here.