Nicki Minaj attributes her music success to her tough childhood, and is motivated by making her mother’s life better.
Moving from Trinidad to the US at the age of 5 wasn’t an easy transition for the singer.
“In Trinidad we didn’t have much. Then my parents moved to the States and then they sent for me, and I thought everything was going to be great.
“But my father fell victim to drug and alcohol abuse, so it was an uphill battle for a very, very long time. He was really, really addicted. My mother had to make ends meet the best way she knew how.
“Really, when I talk about my life in records like ‘I’m The Best’ I’m just saying, ‘Hey, after all of this, here’s what I’ve accomplished.’ “What motivated me was that I wanted to get my mother out of her situation, so I always wanted to kick ass at whatever I did.”
Living in that type of environment made Nicki a “very aggressive” person.
“It has made me a very aggressive person. I always heard lots of yelling, fighting and cussing. It made me a very reactive person.
“I’ve been learning how to tone that down a bit. I’ve been learning how to say, ‘OK, cool, I gotta think things through, I can’t always react.'”
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