What motivates stars to succeed? For Nicki Minaj, who just released her debut studio album, “Pink Friday,” it was the abuse she witnessed in her childhood home in New York. “When I first came to America I would go to my room and kneel down at the foot of my bed and pray that God would make me rich so that I could take care of my mother,” Minaj told Rolling Stone Magazine. Minaj said her father was addicted to drugs and alcohol and would often become violent with her mother, an experience she raps about in her song, “Autobiography.” “I felt like if I could take care of my mother, my mother wouldn’t have to stay with my father … so I always felt like being rich would cure everything, and that was always what drove me,” Minaj shared. Now that she’s rich and famous, Nicki’s parents still live together and her father isn’t too pleased about her airing his dirty laundry, but the rapper’s got a quip for her dad. “It’s the price you pay when you abuse drugs and alcohol,” she says. “Maybe one day your daughter will be famous and talk to every magazine about it, so think about that, dads out there who want to be crazy.”
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