As [artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist] heads further into the spotlight, MTV News is taking you behind the scenes of the MC's increasingly hectic life.
The documentary "My Time Now" follows the rap diva while she records her debut LP, Pink Friday, and shows fans rarely seen sides of the hard-edged hip-hop vixen as she reflects on her challenging past and faces her future as a potential hip-hop icon. The film will premiere Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, and fans can also check out the project on all of the MTV platforms, with exclusive previews on MTVNews.com and RapFix.MTV.com in the days leading up to the flick's debut.
On Friday (November 19), MTV's "The Seven" hooked Minaj's Barbie army up with an exclusive look at the doc. In the scene, the Young Money lyricist reflects on her long journey to the top and recalls getting fired from five waitressing jobs and gigs as a customer-service rep and an office manager.
"I've been led down a lot of dead-end roads," the hip-hop star says candidly, while footage of Minaj on the set of her "Right Thru Me" video plays. But she maintains that she held fast to her dream and told doubters that they will see big things from the Queens native.
Over the course of the hour-long doc — filmed over three months — the spitter will also be seen buying her mother a spankin'-new house, sounding off on music-industry politics and gearing up for her performance of "Check It Out" with will.i.am during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. Viewers will also gain insight into Minaj's personal life, when cameras follow the MC on an emotional trip back to Trinidad and watch her reconnect with family she hasn't seen in seven years but who have been following the "Your Love" lyricist's rise to the top. The pink wigs and alter egos are gone as Minaj treats her family to shopping trips, braves throngs of screaming fans, remembers beloved kin she had to leave behind and recalls life as a young girl on the island with storybook ideas of the American dream.
"I am amazed at what I've seen in this film," Nicki Minaj said in a statement. "For the first time people will see Onika. That's all I've ever wanted. To inspire. To encourage. To replace doubt and fear with fearlessness and hope. MTV and the incredible film crew behind this documentary has made a very special dream come true. This film is my heart & soul. The visual component to Pink Friday. My fans are the most incredible humans on this planet. Words could never translate my gratitude. Thank you for standing by me. It's our time now."
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Don't miss the documentary "Nicki Minaj: My Time Now," premiering Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!