People either love or hate Nicki Minaj. There is zero middle ground. She is either the coolest, funkiest thing to hit the music scene in years, or she is a no-talent hack, who can't dress her way out of a wet paper bag. It's that kind of divide between fans and foes. Her participation on the most recent season of "American Idol", has sparked a hailstorm of debate online, and has given the flagging show a much needed shot in the arm. Whether the publicity will ultimately hurt or help the program remains to be seen. Born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki Minaj, also known as Onika Tanya Maraj, grew up in Queens, New York. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a performer, and attended multiple performing arts programs as a child. She released her first mixtape when she was 25, and by her third mixtape, it was clear that she was on to something. She signed with Young Money Entertainment in 2009, and released her first studio album a year later. Fast forward three years, and her first album has gone Platinum, and spawned seven hit singles. In fact, she became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Hot 100 at the same time. Her second album, released in 2012, was certified Platinum just two months after it was released, and was the best-selling rap album of 2012. Love her or hate her, she's clearly doing something right. All of this fast fame has meant that she has been able to buy some nice things for herself, including a Maybach.
The Maybach company was founded in the early 1900s and was later bought up by Daimler AG. As of 2013, the company is defunct, and production ceased on the vehicles in December of 2012. The last generation of the Maybach could go 0-60 mph in approximately 5 seconds, an impressive acceleration speed for a car that weighs over 6,000 pounds. The cars come standard with a 21-speaker premium sound system, a built-in navigation system with voice recognition, heated and cooled seats and steering wheel, 18-way power front seats, wireless cell phone link, night vision, an iPod adapter, and various other amenities. The Maybach 62 Zeppelin, one of the last Maybach vehicles to be produced, cost $677,000. The cars are truly luxurious, and are now an endangered species. You can say what you will about Nicki, but at least she knows a good vehicle when she sees one.