Seemingly out of nowhere, Nicki Minaj has retired.
On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 5), the New York rapper, who toured Europe earlier this year, posted a tweet in which she suggests she’s hanging up her microphone for good.
“I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” Nicki wrote. “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, :x: in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me.”
Nicki doesn’t get too specific with her tweet, but the part about starting her family could be an allusion to her purportedly impending marriage to her fiance Kenneth Petty and her potential plans to have a child with him.
If Nicki is truly hanging up her microphone, she’s got an uber-successful career to be proud of. Nicki Minaj has reigned as the sort of transformational, all-around superstar that usually turns into an icon. Her most recent album, 2018’s Queen, is certified platinum.
Speaking to XXL for the 20th-anniversary cover story interview, Nicki described the part she plays in the hip-hop continuum.
“My role in hip-hop has been super unique because when my first album came out, there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum,” Nicki said at the time. “There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was really reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.”
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