In the most unexpected television news of the fall so far, ABC Family announced that it has picked up a sitcom based on the life of Nicki Minaj. According to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, who broke the news, “the untitled series will focus on the Trinidadian-born rapper's childhood in Queens in the 1990s with her vibrant immigrant family and the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom.” Consider it the new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, only presumably grittier: Minaj has spoken openly about her abusive childhood.
Minaj, who described the series to Deadline Hollywood as “one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” will executive produce and appear on the show, although it’s unclear whether she’ll play a fictionalized version of herself or if she’ll cede that role to a younger actor. Minaj studied acting at LaGuardia High School in Manhattan before her hip-hop career took off (you can see a scene from her high-school career in the video below). More recently, she’s showed off her acting chops on Saturday Night Live and in a small role in the 2014 comedy The Other Woman.
Amazingly, the Minaj sitcom is not the only show in the works that’s based on the life of a rapper living in Queens: Fox is currently developing Eat Pray Thug, a sitcom based on the life of Heems of Das Racist.