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Nicki Minaj to Introduce 'Crazy' Alter Ego in Debut Album

July 8, 2010 (9:26 am) GMT
The rapper promises music fans will meet her 'crazy' alter ego Roman Zolanski when they buy her upcoming debut album.
Nicki Minaj

said she has an alter ego and will reveal it when releasing her first studio album later this year. The female rapper actually has hinted the alter ego since May, writing on Twitter "I've officially changed my name and will only respond....to Roman. Roman Zolanski. Out."

After almost two months keeping silent about what she meant with the message, now Minaj talked to MTV that she will let the upcoming album explain it for her. She stated, "As of now, you'll know Nicki and you'll know Roman, my crazy alter ego Roman Zolanski. But you'll meet Onika [her birth name is Onika Maraj] before the year ends."

Of the recording process itself, Minaj shared it "is coming along just spectacular." She teased more, "I been doing a lot of work with Swizz [Beatz], and the stuff that we been coming upon is magical. When people hear the album, they're going to get to know Onika. And no one knows Onika."

In the meantime, fans can expect the arrival of "Your Love" music video which was filmed over the weekend with Hype Williams serving as a director. Met during the video shoot, Nicki Minaj admitted she was surprised when learning that "Your Love" climbed to No. 1 on Rap Songs chart.

"I was not planning on putting the song out at all," she confessed. "But then I heard it one day, somebody told me it was online. And I was like, 'No way, no way in the world that song is out.' I went and listened to it and was really upset. It wasn't mixed, it wasn't finished, it wasn't anything - I wasn't gonna use it at all. But then radio started playing it."

By ruling the Rap Songs chart, Minaj has become the first female rapper to top the list since reigned the chart in 2003 with "Magic Stick" which features .

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