On Nicki Minaj’s retreat from music to tend family

When the news of her retirement hit the internet there was a much hullaballoo on whether her announcement was a troll, a temporary withdrawal from music or a permanent decision: whatever be her reason, the woman did not care what others think of her anyway.

Considering her achievements over the years, since she signed a music deal in 2009, one should only reason along with her and respect her decision to have a family. After all, many of her contemporaries would prefer to exchange some hangouts for quickies – contributing to societal problems in that clime by increasing the number of single parents.

E. Helmore, recounting Minaj’s achievements noted that:

Over the course of her decade-long career, Minaj has been nominated for 10 Grammys, earned a Guinness World Record in 2017 for most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a solo female artist and hauled in five MTV Video Music Awards. Earlier this year Minaj was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as the first female rapper to officially sell 100m albums and singles.

After signing a music deal in 2009, Minaj released her first studio album, Pink Friday, a year later, peaking at No 1. Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded also hit No 1. Several subsequent albums sold well and she also branched out into appearing in movies, including Ice Age: Continental Drift, and on television, where she was judge on American Idol.[1]

Minaj’s achievements suggest that she could even pay to keep a man at any price but instead of living a famous life in the public while dying, silently and privately, she opted for a marriage and retreated from music so that she could focus on her home.

Strangely, people, especially her fans, were not in agreement with her decision: they would rather prefer her to dazzle them with the usual sexiness that they had known her for at the expense of her peace. The case is a typical example of how the cheering crowd could cause one to lose relevance instead of leaving the stage when the ovation is loudest of which once succumbed to – one might sink into disrepute.

Hence, she deserves some credence for not allowing people to dapple her personal reasoning – she stood her ground and decided that marriage is good for her. Truly, this is a lesson for many so-called celebrities who have allowed fame and wealth to tear their genuine love-relationships apart, most of the times, children in such messed up relationships are the ones that bear the brunt and, afterwards, are pushed into the society to inflict the pains that they have gleaned from their parents’ crumbled relationships upon other innocent souls.

Lastly, Minaj’s manner of presenting the news is worthy of note as reported by the INDEPENDENT, a UK publication, “I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE”[2], she wrote. Her words connote nothing more than an individual who is in-charge of herself, irrespective of what people demand.

To this end, our prayer is that Nicki Minaj will find lasting peace in her decision.

[1] Edward Helmore, “Nicki Minaj says she is retiring from music”, The Guardian, September 5, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/05/nick-minaj-retires-claim-twitter-family-life.

[2] Clemence Michallon, “Nicki Minaj retires: Rapper ‘quitting music industry’ to start a family”, INDEPENDENT, September 6, 2019, https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/nicki-minaj-retire-music-family-twitter-latest-a9093826.html.

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