Nicki Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Queens, New York when she was five years old.

We can be quite certain Nicki Minaj isn’t Catholic! At the 2012 Grammy’s, Minaj was widely criticized for her performance, which featured her saying a Catholic prayer before being exorcised while an alter boy prayed between her legs after making some funny business with a priest.1

It was likely some sort of criticism of the Catholic Church’s recent scandals with pedophile priests. But more than anything, it was an attention-getter. She said:

“I would hope that people know at this point that I’m smart enough to know what I’m doing all the time. But I guess they still kind of waiver.2

When Minaj has spoken about the influence of religion during her childhood, she used the word “saved,” indicating the possitibility that there was some born-again Christianity involved. She spoke of her father’s recovery from serious alcohol and drug problems, with the help of religion:

He’s still with my mother. He went to rehab and cleaned himself up. Eventually they started going to church a lot, and he got saved and started changing his life. He’s away from drugs now. He doesn’t instill fear in people anymore.3

Plus, she mentioned that her two heroes are her mom and God,4 so some sort of Christianity is clearly important to Minaj.

Political sound bites at best

Minaj hasn’t said much about politics, though she hasn’t made any grotesque attempt to satirize it–yet.

The most me can discern about her political views is that she is pro-feminist, saying at a concert in her home country of Trinidad:

Go to school and stay in school. Ladies, don’t depend on a man for anything. Get your own!5

Oh, and perhaps she supports the idea of a focus on local economics?At the same concert, she yelled:

Localize it!6

Although, based on her brilliant and eloquent critiques of society, philosophy, and religion up to this point, I would venture a guess as to say she just thought that was something clever to say.

  1. Nicki Minaj’s Grammys Performance – Watch Now! Just Jared. []
  2. Nicki Minaj talks down to poor people. Hiphopspy. Retrieved 2/27/12 []
  3. Nicki Minaj Says ‘Church’ Saved Her Family, Calls ‘God’ Her Hero. Christian Post. []
  4. Nicki Minaj Says ‘Church’ Saved Her Family, Calls ‘God’ Her Hero. Christian Post. []
  5. Minaj magic. Trinidadexpress. Retrieved 2/27/12 []
  6. Minaj magic. Trinidadexpress. Retrieved 2/27/12 []