Who is Martha R. Zolanski? Fictional character is dead according to Nicki Minaj

Who is Martha R. Zolanski? (Source: Facebook)
Nicki Minaj reveals her alter-ego “Martha R. Zolanski” died of old age (Source: Facebook)


In a surprising announcement on X (formerly Twitter), Nicki Minaj shared with her fans that her beloved alter-ego, Martha Zolanski, has passed away from old age. This revelation stirred a mix of emotions among her followers, as Martha was an iconic character within Nicki’s creative universe.

Fans are reflecting on the significance of Martha’s narrative arc and the role she played in Nicki’s artistic expression. Keep reading to know more about it in detail.

Nicki Minaj Reveals Alter Ego’s Passing Ahead of ‘Pink Friday 2’ Release

Martha Zolanski, an iconic alter ego introduced early in the video productions of Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday, left an indelible mark on fans, prompting anticipation for her return in Pink Friday 2. The upcoming fifth studio album, scheduled for release on December 8, 2023, is a sequel to Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday (2010).

Fans eagerly inquired about the potential reappearance of characters like Martha Zolanski, expressing a desire for the theatrics that defined Minaj’s earlier work. However, Nicki Minaj took to social media, specifically responding to a fan’s tweet, to deliver unexpected news about Martha Zolanski. In response to a query about the return of past alter egos, Minaj announced Martha’s death with a simple,

“Martha gone. u ain’t know?”

When pressed for details, Minaj revealed that Martha Zolanski passed away due to old age.

The revelation added a poignant twist to the album’s impending release, leaving fans reflecting on the evolution of Minaj’s storytelling and the impact of her alter egos on her artistic journey.

Who is Martha R. Zolanski?

Martha Zolanski, an alter ego of Nicki Minaj and the mother of Roman Zolanski, made her initial appearance in the early video productions of Pink Friday. She gained prominence for her role in “Roman’s Revenge,” where she sternly scolded Roman and Slim Shady at the song’s end, insisting they go to bed and cleanse their mouths with soap due to their disrespectful and aggressive language.

Martha, portrayed as Roman’s mother, was visually introduced in the “Moment 4 Life” music video, taking on the character of a fairy godmother during Nicki’s wedding preparations with Drake. Additionally, Martha plays a role in the chorus of “Roman Holiday” from Nicki’s second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, with Marissa Bregman lending her voice to the character. In this track, Martha instructs Roman to take medication and go on vacation. Notably, Martha’s voice is featured during Nicki’s Grammy performance of “Roman Holiday.”

The Many Faces of Martha

Martha is a multifaceted character, embodying diverse personalities depending on the situation, much like a mother who adapts her approach to different circumstances. Initially portrayed as a sophisticated yet assertive figure, Martha’s primary focus is preventing Roman from getting into trouble due to his aggressive tendencies.

However, in Roman’s absence, when he is safe and secure, Martha unveils her more carefree side. During these moments, she engages in playful banter with quirky jokes and makes humorous facial expressions in seemingly unrelated contexts. In an interview, she takes on the role of a nun.

Who is Nicki Minaj?

Born on December 8, 1982, Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, professionally known as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born rapper and singer based in the United States.

Often hailed as the “Queen of Rap,” she is renowned for her musical adaptability, dynamic rap delivery, use of alter egos, and significant influence in the realm of popular music. Nicki Minaj rose to prominence through the release of three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009.

Her debut album, “Pink Friday” (2010), claimed the top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart, featuring the certified diamond single “Super Bass,” which reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” (2012), delved into dance-pop, securing its debut atop the Billboard 200 with the hit single “Starships.”

With her third album, “The Pinkprint” (2014), Minaj explored personal themes, returning to her hip-hop roots. The lead single, “Anaconda,” peaked at number two on the Hot 100, marking the first solo female rapper’s music video to surpass one billion views on YouTube. Her fourth album, “Queen” (2018), produced the US top-ten single “Chun-Li.”

Notably, her collaboration with Karol G in 2019, “Tusa,” became the longest-running number-one single on the Argentina Hot 100 chart. In 2020, Minaj achieved her first two solo Hot 100 number-one singles with the collaborations “Say So” (with Doja Cat) and “Trollz” (with 6ix9ine). Further, in 2022, she attained her inaugural solo number-one with “Super Freaky Girl,” the lead single from her anticipated fifth studio album, “Pink Friday 2” (2023).

‘#RIPMartha’, Not Referring to Chef Martha Stewart

The trending hashtag ‘RIP Martha’ emerged as fans paid tribute to the passing of Nicki Minaj’s beloved alter-ego, Martha Zolanski. However, this heartfelt gesture unintentionally caused distress among some who associated the name with the revered 82-year-old chef and entrepreneur, Martha Stewart. Panic ensued as fans of the lifestyle icon feared for her well-being.

Amid the confusion, the Barbz, dedicated followers of Nicki Minaj, promptly clarified that the trending phrase mourned the fictional character Martha Zolanski, not the real-life Martha Stewart. This clarification alleviated concerns and reassured fans that Martha Stewart is alive and well. The incident underscored the significant impact of social media trends and the swift action taken by fans to rectify misinformation and dispel unnecessary worries about the renowned culinary figure.


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