For the last couple of decades, women have been fighting to be heard within the rap industry, and now there are several successful female rappers, with many working in collaboration. In the 1990s, the icons in rap were Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliot who influenced up and coming younger female rappers and according to Celebrity Net Worth, is estimated to have a net worth of around USD500,000.
One of the newer female rappers is Mulatto, who in He Say She Say incorporates the lyrics “I smell like money and Baccarat (ooh) / Fendi space boots, like an astronaut (ooh) / I swear if I said it, I meant it, I handlin’ business.” This hints at the direct experience of live dealer online casino games, which are not just great entertainment, but a chance to win big. However, the richest female rapper made her money almost exclusively from her music.
Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj and a Trinidadian-American, recently made history as the richest woman in rap music with a net worth of USD100 million, according to her record label Young Money. The news was announced on Twitter in March 2020. Her closest rivals to the title of the richest woman in rap music are Queen Latifah with a net worth of USD60 million, Missy Elliott with a net worth of USD50 million, and Lil Kim in fourth place with a net worth of USD18 million.
Although Minaj announced her retirement from music in September 2019butlater released tracks including “Yikes” and announced her new alter-ego, Queen Sleeze, much to the joy of her global fanbase, known as “The Barbz”.
Announcing her pregnancy in July 2020, Minaj and her husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty became parents to her first child in Los Angeles on 30 September. The same month she celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of her debut album, “Pink Friday.” Aside from her music, Minaj earns from touring, personal appearances and performances, film and television, as well as endorsement deals.
The early years
Born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1982, Minaj was brought up in Queens, New York. In April 2007, Minaj released her first mixtape “Playtime Is Over” followed a year later with another mixtape “Sucka Free” which made her Female Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards.
Beam Me Up Scotty
It was the release of her third mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” in 2009, which featured the hit song “Itty Bitty Piggy” that raised her profile significantly. It was in the same year that she also signed to Lil Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment and eventually released “Pink Friday” which sold four million records. Lil Wayne has worked with her on many collaborations.
Minaj has released four platinum-selling studio albums, Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, The Pinkprintand Queen.
Minaj is paid at leastUSD50,000 for an appearance and between USD300,000 to USD500,000 for a performance. HerPinkprint Tour in 2015 brought in USD13 million and her appearance on American Idol in 2012 earned her USD12 million.
Minaj has partnered with companies and executives in many different industries and has also signed deals with MAC Cosmetics, Myx Moscato, Pepsi, and more.