Titled My Time Now, the special follows Minaj as she records her first record, as well as her life outside the studio. One of the more revealing moments in the documentary comes when Nicki travels back to her homeland of Trinidad, where she remembers being left by her parents before coming to America.
“A lot of times when you’re from the islands, your parents will leave and then send for you because it’s easier when they have established themselves, when they have a place to stay, when they have a job,” she recalls in one clip. “I thought it was going to be for a few days, it turned into two years … without my mother.”
“They’re gonna meet Onika,” Nicki told MTV News about the doc, referring to her real life personality outside of the music business. “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.”
Nicki MInaj: My Time Now airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST on MTV and Pink Friday is in stores now. —Elan Mancini
Check out a sneak peek of the doc below