Minaj later left Full Force and uploaded songs on her Myspace profile, sending several of her songs to people in the music industry. Later, Fendi, CEO of Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment, signed Minaj to his label in 2007 under a 180-day contract.
Originally adopting the stage name "Nicki Maraj", she eventually changed it to Nicki Minaj stating that "my real name is Maraj.
Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow in particular.
She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne.
In 2010, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the Billboard Hot 100.
Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was released in 2012 and debuted at number one in several countries.
Minaj was criticized for wearing the low-cut shirt during her performance which led to the brief exposure of her breast on a live telecast. Despite this, Minaj continued to perform at high profile events throughout 2011; Donatella Versace invited her to perform with Prince for the introduction of a Versace collection for H&M, and she performed "Super Bass" at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times commended its "minimal, bouncy hip-hop tracks" for highlighting Minaj's "charm and achievement", but wrote that the "disjointed, artistically confused" album "drives off a cliff" with "dance pop songs as simple as they are generic".
Throughout her career, Minaj has received numerous accolades, including six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award, and ten Grammy Award nominations.When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I'm not that.No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don't want people to hear me and know exactly where I'm from.Although she was scheduled to headline the June 3 Hot 97 Summer Jam at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, at the request of Lil Wayne she canceled her appearance the day of the show after Peter Rosenberg of the station dismissed her single "Starships" as "not real hip-hop".The Pinkprint was officially released on December 15, 2014, and debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 244,000 overall units (198,000 in pure album sales and 46,000 combined album-equivalent units and streams).