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Nicki Minaj shelved her rap career to be a stay-at-home mom to her first child, 8-month-old "Papa Bear" Petty. The 38-year-old rapper stays connected to her fanbase through videos on social media and releasing occasional new music.

In a new Instagram video, Nicki holds up her son as he takes his first steps. The tyke, whose name has not been revealed, puts his best foot forward, as Nicki says, "You ain't trying to do all of that today? Everyone bothering you. You had it?"

Then, speaking in her son's voice, Nicki says, "Mama I had it, leave me alone already, please! Ain't nobody got time for all of that, mama."

Little Papa Bear was dressed in Burberry from head to toe. He accessorized his stylish outfit with a diamond-encrusted "Papa Bear" pendant and a tiny matching bracelet.

Nicki and husband Kenny Petty, 43, welcomed their first child together in September 2020.

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A New York man has been arrested and charged with fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of rapper Nicki Minaj's father.

Robert Maraj was killed as he crossed an intersection in Long Island, NY on Feb. 12, around 6 p.m. local time. He was 64.

Witnesses said a northbound white Volvo station wagon fled the scene of the accident.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Nassau County Police announced the arrest of 70-year-old Charles Polevich of Mineola.

Polevich was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Mineola on Wednesday. His bond was set at $250,000.

Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Robert and Carol Maraj. Maraj worked as a finance executive and was a part-time gospel singer.

The 38-year-old rapper has not spoken publicly about her father's death.


Nicki Minaj is mourning the loss of her father, Robert Maraj, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Long Island, NY on Friday, a spokesman confirmed. He was 64.

Maraj was hit by a car in Mineola while crossing Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue around 6 p.m. local time, Nassau County Police said.

TMZ reported that witnesses were unable to give authorities an accurate description of the driver who fled the scene.

Maraj was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to Robert and Carol Maraj. Maraj worked as a finance executive and was a part-time gospel singer.

A reported drug addict and alcoholic, Maraj was allegedly abusive to Carol. In an interview with The Sun On Sunday, Carol said Maraj often struck her and the children. He allegedly set the family home on fire after an argument.

Fortunately, Carol sent Nicki and her brother to sleep at a friend’s house the night of the fire, Nicki told Wendy Williams.

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Carol, left, moved with her children to the Bronx, NY, when Nicki was five. Nicki didn't see her father again until she was an adult.

Carol said Nicki's violent upbringing helped mold her into the strong woman she is today.

Anyone with knowledge of the accident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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Nicki Minaj has agreed to settle a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed against her by alternative music legend Tracy Chapman.

The settlement was entered into the court system on Thursday, Jan. 7, according to Page Six.

Nicki, 38, agreed to pay Chapman $450,000 in addition to legal fees for the unauthorized use of a sample from Chapman's hit song, "Baby Can I Hold You," which Nicki sampled in a leaked song titled "Sorry."

Chapman, 56, filed the lawsuit in Oct. 2018, after Nicki's people reached out to her when someone leaked "Sorry" to DJ Funkmaster Flex in August 2018.

The "Fast Car" singer took to social media to say she turned down Nicki's request to use the sample after Nicki's camp told her the rapper was "inspired" by her song.

But a few weeks later, Nicki tweeted that she didn't even know Chapman's sample was included in her track, and she ultimately decided to leave the track off her album.

Rapper Nicki Minaj served up a New Year's treat for her 126 million followers by sharing the first photos of her three-month-old son. The proud Barbie gave thanks to the adorable tyke for making her a first-time mom.

The semi-retired rap star welcomed her first child with husband Kenneth Petty at the end of September, and although she's shared some information about her baby boy online, she declined to post any pictures of her kid - until now.

On Saturday, Nicki shared slideshow of images of the infant, whom she refers to as "Papa Bear".

"#PapaBear thank you so very much for choosing me to be your mama," she captioned the set.

"Wishing you guys a happy & prosperous New Year. Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It's meant so much to me. Becoming a mom is by far the most fulfilling job I've ever taken on. Sending love to all the superhero mothers out there. Big hugs to all the women who have been pregnant during this challenging time."

Nicki has yet to reveal her son's legal name.

In related news, Petty's rape victim came forward last year to share details about the brutal incident that changed her life as a youngster over a decade ago.

She also claimed Petty and his people (presumably Nicki) had been harassing her and put a bounty on her head.

Now the woman has come forward again -- not to recant her story, but to tearfully ask Nicki and Petty to leave her family alone.

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Drew Sidora recalls the time when Nicki Minaj body-shamed her during an audition just months after her pregnancy.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star recalled the humiliating moment during an appearance on her RHOA co-star Kandi Burruss' YouTube show Speak On It.

"So, I was up for an ABC family series, a Nicki Minaj pilot. And Nicki herself said that. She said I don't look how I looked when I played T-Boz," Drew explained.

"I was like, 'Nicki!' It was like, all these ABC execs around but I had gone through about five rounds. And she really, really liked me," says Drew.

"And then she said that in front of all of these [executives]. It is was it is.' I was like, 'Look, I just had a baby.'

Drew had her first child, Josiah Jordan, from a prior relationship. She shares two children, Machai and Aniya, with ex-husband Ralph Pittman.

"I think at the time my baby was like 3 months old, I was literally still breastfeeding," Drew said.

Drew, 35, admits that her body didn't bounce back completely after giving birth to three children. She took Nicki's criticism as inspiration to get herself back into shape.

Drew is best known for her role as T-Boz in the TLC biopic CrazySexyCool.

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Nicki Minaj finally revealed her baby's gender in an Instagram post on Thursday. The 37-year-old Sagittarius shared photos of cards she received with her baby gifts from her celebrity friends.

She captioned the photos: "Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time. It meant the world to me. I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world."

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Nicki, 37, and her husband, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, welcomed their first child on Sept. 30. She waited 2 weeks to reveal the baby's gender.

Rumor has it they named the little tyke Roman Zolanski -- after her alter ego.

Nicki and Kenny were married in 2019.

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Nicki Minaj is a first-time mom. The 37-year-old rapper safely delivered her newborn on Wednesday in Los Angeles, sources tell TMZ. Nicki and husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty haven't revealed the baby's name or sex.

Nicki confirmed her pregnancy back in July, after months of rumors and speculation. She posted a series of photos showing her growing belly. She captioning one post, "#Preggers." She did the photoshoot with famed photographer David LaChappelle.

In June, Nicki flaunted her swollen breasts on Instagram. She asked her followers for tips on the best-fitting maternity bras.

"Oh hey if u wear a triple D cup/double E cup or bigger, what bra is actually comfortable on u? Asking for a friend," she captioned the post.

She received 33,000 responses in her Instagram post from first-time moms who went through the exact "growing pains" and purchased new bras.

The best answer was: "None of them are comfortable."



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A$AP Ferg filmed a music video for his track "Green Juice" in New York City on Thursday, Aug. 6.

Yes, that's a hair headband he's wearing. It's the new trend in hairstyles that are designed to look like accessories.

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Ferg and his crew went mask-free for his music video that featured some of New York's finest dancers.

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Ferg recently released a new track featuring rappers Nicki Minaj rapper MadeinTYO. "Move Ya Hips" is Ferg's third collaboration with Nicki Minaj. They have had success in the past with Ferg's "Plain Jane" remix and "Runnin" from the Creed II soundtrack.

Nicki released her latest LP Queen in 2018. The rapper and her husband, Kenny Petty, are awaiting their first child together. Kenny already has 5 children from previous relationships.

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Nicki Minaj's ex-convict husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty has been granted permission to be by the pregnant rapper's side when she gives birth to their first child.


Petty, 42, is currently free on bond as he awaits trial for failing to register as a sex offender in California after he and Minaj, 37, moved to the state last summer from his native New York, where he was convicted of attempted rape of a minor in 1995.

The terms of his pretrial bond release require Petty to stay in California and obey a curfew. But he sought permission to travel with his wife on business, serving as her manager, so he can be present when the "Starships" rapper goes into labor in a few months.


According to TMZ, Petty had the terms of his release amended on Friday, July 31, enabling him to travel with Minaj "periodically on business trips as her manager," which will ensure he is present when she goes into labor.

Other pretrial conditions will stay in place, meaning Petty can't use illicit substances and will continue to wear an ankle monitor.

He was granted access to the internet and social media apps in March.

The news comes days after Minaj confirmed rumors suggesting she is expecting the couple's first child by sharing photos from a fun maternity shoot.

The couple tied the knot last October.