Hip-hop fans have already seen quite a few sides of Nicki Minaj when it comes to her music, including Roman Zolanski, Barbie and a string of other alter egos. But in "My Time Now," the documentary on Minaj set to premiere Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, viewers will meet Onika Miraj, the Trinidad-born girl who came Stateside with her parents in search of a better life.
"They're gonna meet Onika," she told MTV News about the doc. "Everybody sees Nicki Minaj; they're gonna meet Onika. They're gonna hear my story, and it's such an inspirational story, which I never really wanted to tell. 'Cause everyone always feels like you don't want people to know too much. But when I saw what [MTV and production company @radical.media] did, I thought, 'People need to see this.' It reminds you that everyone always feels like this is it, but there's always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I feel like that's what the doc says at the end."
In the documentary, cameras follow Nicki over three months as she travels back to her native Trinidad for the first time in seven years; records her debut album, Pink Friday; and purchases a home in New York for her mother.
"I am amazed at what I've seen in this film," Minaj said in a statement. " ... 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."
Members of the hip-hop media have praised "My Time Now" for its candid portrayal of the star.
"We often approach female artists with skepticism," TheBVX.com editor Timmhotep Aku told MTV News. "There's always been this debate about Nicki within the industry and the general public about how authentic her artistry is. And I think the moment when she's in the booth, when she's writing her rhymes, she's going through her take, kind of speaks to her own authenticity. Nick is really a force to be reckoned with, because she's not manufactured."
Don't miss the documentary "Nicki Minaj: My Time Now," premiering Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV!