Check below for pictures of Nicki Minaj while she was on her grind to make it to where she is at today.


OK,my boy Neil Grant (who introduced me to the Nicki scenario way back when) took this pic of me and Nicki Minaj when she was signed to Full Force & she had joined my Son Lou$tar’s rap group “The Hoodstars” (also featured rapper Svn-Up & her fiance’ Safaree Samuels who I always believed in as a real talent much more than the hype-man he is for Nicki now & with them she was groomed while honing her skills under the guide of Lou$tar & Svn-Up. Congrats to Nicki with all of her success. As a solo act, we took her to every record company including DefJam/Rockefella & G-Unit but at that time,no label or rap crew wanted to deal with female rappers. We parted with Nicki amicably but I still told her to jump on MySpace and do her thing to create a buzz. She did that and was founded by her ex mgr Fendi & for 2 years,she grinded until Lil Wayne discovered her on a Mixtape DVD.

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