It’s been confirmed via Twitter that Nicki Minaj will be executive producing and appearing in a scripted comedy series on ABC Family, based on the rapstress’s life growing up in Queens, NY.
The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, will film a pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown this winter and if it does well the series will continue.
The untitled series will focus on Minaj growing up in Queens in the 1990s, after coming to the U.S. from Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago as a small child. Her vibrant immigrant family and the personal and musical evolution that led to her rise to super-stardom will be covered in the show.
Minaj her self is no stranger to acting; she initially studied acting at Manhattan’s prestigious LaGuardia High School before embarking on a successful music career. Still in the midst of her worldwide “Pinkprint” tour, Minaj is the first solo female artist to have seven singles charting simultaneously on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third full-length album, The Pinkprint, became the second highest-selling female debut of 2014 with a rank of No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.
Moreover, Minaj’s double-platinum Anaconda set the record for most Vevo views in 24 hours. Minaj also achieved the highest digital sales for any female artist in history with over 50 million track sales between solo and feature performances. She and Adele are the only two artists in history to sell 1 million copies of five different songs in one year.
Minaj made her acting debut with a voice role in Ice Ace: Continental Drift and a co-starring role in the feature comedy The Other Woman. She recently wrapped her first starring movie role in MGM’s Barbershop 3. On TV, Minaj drew attention with her appearance on Saturday Night Live last year where she was a musical guest but did a couple of skits portraying Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. Check out her SNL clip:
Said ABC Family’s EVP Programming and Development, Karye Burke, “Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches. She is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”