International rap superstar Nicki Minaj is set to produce and appear in a scripted television series for ABC Family based on her upbringing in Queens.
The comedy will be based on Minaj’s early life in Jamaica and the musical evolution that made her an iconic female artist. Minaj moved to the “World’s Borough” with her family after their immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s, and she later attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.
“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” Minaj said. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
Minaj’s on-screen role in the series has not yet been announced. The half-hour comedy is set to be filmed in a single-camera format, and shooting will begin in Queens this winter.
ABC Family Executive Vice President of Programming and Development Karey Burke said that Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches.
“We’re beyond thrilled to bring her one-of-a-kind story to our channel,” Burke said. “Nicki 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.”
Minaj’s career is white-hot and she is regarded as one of the biggest names in modern rap music. She is currently on a world tour promoting her third full-length album, “The Pinkprint,” which had the second-highest female debut of 2014. Minaj is also set to appear in her first starring movie role in “Barbershop 3” in the spring of 2016.