Entertainment journalist Isoul Harris was chosen to pen Nicki Minaj’s biography titled ‘Nicki Minaj: Hip Pop Moments 4 Life’. Normally biographies are written after a celebrity dies, but Isoul thought the “hyper-sexual, wild-child” lyricist’s story needed to be told now.

“Her story is ultimate Horatio Alger, the Nicki Minaj edition,” writes pop culture expert Isoul Harris.

In his usual explorative writing style, Isoul details Nicki’s meteoric rise in Nicki Minaj: Hip Pop Moments 4 Life. Published by Omnibus Press, the world’s largest specialist publisher of music-related books, Harris takes readers on a journey through Onika Tanya Maraj’s transformation into the industry’s most recognizable and controversial female rapper.

Isoul continues:

“Nicki Minaj has become a pop culture firebrand. Not more than five years ago, she was a no name underground rapper working at odd jobs to survive in New York City,” says Harris. “With sheer determination and undeniable talent, she now has fans worldwide and record-shattering achievements. I decided to write Nicki Minaj: Hip Pop Moments 4 Life to breakdown her shockingly fast rise to fame and document her place in musical history.”

From a press release:

“Currently an executive editor at UPTOWN, a national luxury lifestyle magazine, Harris, a graduate of both Morehouse College and New York University as well as a former public school teacher, has served as a managing editor of Los Angeles based 944, entertainment editor of Niche Media’s Atlanta Peach as well as entertainment editor of Upscale, a reporter for People magazine, a columnist for AOL’s Black Voices.com and entertainment correspondent for Boostmobile.com, the cell-phone carrier’s popular online community. In addition, Harris’s work has been featured in The New York Post’s revered Page Six, InStyle, Vibe, MSNBC.com plus he has appeared as a guest expert on CNN’s Headline News

Harris, who resides in New York City, first made a name for himself as the trailblazing Editor-in-Chief of rolling out Urbanstyle Weekly, the country’s rare African American-oriented entertainment and lifestyle weekly, by landing covers and exclusive interviews with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson and many other celebrities who were groundbreaking firsts for the publication.

Throughout his illustrious career, Harris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Drew Barrymore, LeAnn Rimes, Usher, Beyoncé, OutKast, Vince Vaughn, Queen Latifah, Owen Wilson, Vin Diesel, Ice Cube, Brandy and the list goes on. Still, given his pedigree in entertainment journalism, he found Nicki Minaj to be a provocative subject.

“When I visit cities like Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, London and Moscow, I notice Nicki’s reach. With pop songs like “Starships” and “Pound The Alarm”, combined with her fiery personality and image, she has resurrected the relevancy of the female rapper and is helping maintain hip-hop’s position on the world stage. Electronic dance music moves the masses these days and she is combining hip-hop, pop and EDM for an interesting mix. Whether so-called hip-hop purists like it or not.”

Nicki Minaj: Hip Pop Moments 4 Life is available in Europe on October 15, 2012 and April 2013 in the United States.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

    The hell does she need an autobiography for? This is what the book will be about:

    used ta be able to rap
    got veneers, ass & tit implants
    can’t rap anymore
    has a bunch of annoying ass fans

    the end.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbVuI9sUlcE @NikkeMinxx

    and the winner is… in the :newpost:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbVuI9sUlcE @NikkeMinxx

    hey cocoa! How are the new digs and what hav eyou decided to do about work/career? Back when you graduated, I asked what your next plan was careerwise and I think you said you were weighing options. I hope its all working out for you pretty lady :hug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbVuI9sUlcE @NikkeMinxx

    AuntSan, is this an ‘authorized’ version?

  • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

    @Nikke, hiiii :wave: the new digs are awesome and i’m keeping my behind at Tiffany’s! How are you? ty!!!!

  • Ididntreallymeanit


  • San


  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/a19fc5b0a5b0a826c0a201b8ac191b35.png mzwhang90210

    This should’ve been a COMIC book.

  • Smonae80

    Rt mzwhang, this some bs
    She aint no icon

  • supa

    Not an icon. Very annoying. An extreme sellout. Ungrateful b itch. Fake from the inside out. Only has good features, never a great song by herself. Has horrendous style. Hmmmm…I’m sure everyone can add to the list lls

  • AlluringlySweet

    Sooo about how many of her fans will buy and read this? Is it enough for a head count?

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love


  • Bad Influence

    da fugg??

    this reminds me of when E! did a true hollywood story on Snookie..


  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Beesh BYE! :rolleyes: They done gassed this trick to the damn max :nono:

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  • http://www.twitter.com/thegwu Nicola

    “autobiography” or “biography”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    WIth a lot of success comes a lot of negativity…..

    let NIcki be great

  • pointhimout

    It’s a biography cuz from my understanding, she didn’t write it, Isoul did. Alone. Isoul Harris is so cool and well traveled. I remember his work from as far back as Upscale magazine. Kudos to him for this book. Though I’m no Nikki fan at all, who better to write about celebs than Isoul. J. Randy Terribarelli has made a name for himself by simply writing all sorts of books on the Jacksons; he was even a guest reporter during the funeral service for MJ.

    Ultimately, I dont see the book selling like hotcakes, but instead a step in the right direction for Isoul’s career it will be. He should receive more opportunities after this is officially released. If we can stomach Toure, we can definitely support Isoul.

  • Anna

    supa says:

    Not an icon.
    It reads “loon” :lol: