Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. , known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. In 1993, at the age of 11, he was discovered by Bryan "Birdman" Williams and joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B. G. 'z, alongside fellow New Orleans-based rapper B. G. .
As well as music, the 36-year-old has appeared in several Hollywood films and has her own radio show.
She's not made it clear how many of her ventures she's retiring from or, even, if she's being serious.
Her debut album Pink Friday came out in 2010.
Mega-hits like Super Bass, Anaconda and Starships then established her as one of The World 's biggest female rappers.
She's been nominated for 10 Grammys, won five MTV Video Music Awards and broken the record for The Most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a solo female artist.
Away from music, her film appearances include The Other Woman and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
But in 2018 there were signs the wheels might be coming off the Minaj-machine.'She always wanted to Open Doors '
Sinead Garvan, Radio 1 Newsbeat entertainment reporter
It seems like retirement has come out of nowhere, leading many to speculate Nicki Minaj isn't being serious.
But Looking Back over Nicki's career, she has expressed a desire to start A Family and retire in various tracks. She always wanted to Open Doors for other female rappers to take Centre Stage - and has achieved that with The Arrival of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. But maybe The Competition has started to get a bit much for her? Nicki has never won a Grammy, But Cardi B picked up Rap Album of the Year for Invasion of Privacy.
So, maybe, she'll take a bit of time out and come back to reclaim her crown.
Then she cancelled the entire North-American leg of a joint tour with Future.
But there were unconfirmed reports of low ticket sales.
She released a new single back in June and was supposedly working on a new album.
For a star who's known for bold, sometimes conflicting, statements - it's far from a given that she's being genuine with this latest announcement.
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