Ethnicity: Her parents are of mixed Indian and Afro-Trinidad ancestry.
Maraj was born in 1982 in Saint James, a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city Port of Spain. She lived in Saint James with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City at the time. Her mother would occasionally visit, and one day, when Minaj was five, her mother picked her up to move to Queens. According to Minaj, her father drank heavily, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.