Nicki Minaj retires

13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Rap queen Nicki Minaj shocked fans by announcing her retirement from music, saying she was going to focus on family.

The provocative 36-year-old, known for hits like Super Bass, is engaged to music executive Kenneth Petty and she recently said a wedding is on the cards in the coming months.

“I've decided to retire and have my family,” tweeted the wildly successful rapper raised in the New York borough of Queens. “I know you guys are happy now,” she continued.

The surprising news fuelled pregnancy rumours that had already been swirling since June after she appeared on a late-night television show and opted against drinking.

She went on Instagram with her partner Petty in December 2018, after rebooting the relationship decades after they were involved as teenagers.

The rekindled romance raised eyebrows considering Petty's criminal past who is a registered sex offender in New York and was convicted in 1995 of attempted rape.

Known for her bold sartorial style that includes neon costumes and wigs, Nicki Minaj whose hits include Starships, Bang Bang and Anaconda, is considered one of rap's most influential female artists.

The Grammy-nominated artist born in Trinidad and Tobago cites Foxy Brown and Jay-Z as major inspirations, and has crafted a lightning-speed sound distinctive for her use of alter egos and accents, especially British cockney.

She is “a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase,” wrote a New York Times critic in 2018.

Her brash personality and penchant for controversy also made Nicki Minaj a tabloid regular, especially for a feud at a Fashion Week 2018 after party that saw rap rival Cardi B throw a shoe and allegedly attempt to fight Minaj. Cardi B later said Nicki Minaj had dissed her aptitude as a mother.

The rap queen's retirement announcement was a particularly surprising turn of events as Nicki Minaj has been quite active in music this summer

Last month, she appeared in rising star Megan Thee Stallion's song Hot Girl Summer.

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