“I Can Make the Charges Go Away for $25 Million”: Lawyers Say Nicki Minaj’s Brother Was Targeted for Money

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While Nicki Minaj ditched XXL‘s Freshmen 10, the publication still put her on the cover of their 20th anniversary issue. Minaj, who was once just a regular girl from Queens, has won six American Music Awards, 10 BET awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, and even, three MTV Europe Music Awards.

In XXL‘s special edition interview, the Play Time Is Over rapper said:

“My role in hip hop has been super unique because when my first album (Pink Friday 2010) came out, there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum. There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was really reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.”

However, fame doesn’t keep the troubles away. In 2015, mere months after his wedding, Nicki’s older brother Jelani Maraj was accused and arrested on charges of sexual assault of a minor. With the trial moving forward, Minaj has been called to the stand to defend her brother.

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