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Can you play #YoungNicki in Nicki Minaj’s ABC Family sitcom?

It’s set to start shooting in Minaj’s hometown of Queens, New York, this winter.


Christine Friar


Posted on Sep 29, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:39 pm CDT

Nicki Minaj is wondering “who the F I is” in mini me form.

Minutes after ABC Family announced the network would be starting work on a sitcom based off Nicki Minaj’s life Tuesday, the rapper declared via Instagram that she’ll be “launching a nation wide search to find #YoungNicki.” She followed up with a matching tweet, and while no other details on the search have been released yet, the hashtag already has hundreds of photo submissions ready and waiting.

As for the show itself, it’s set to start shooting in Minaj’s hometown of Queens, New York, this winter, and will be based off the star’s childhood, according to ABC Family.

From the release:

The half-hour comedy is based on Minaj and her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990’s. It will focus on her growing up in Queens with her vibrant family and the personal and musical evolution that led to her eventual rise to stardom.

Minaj’s announcement comes just a day after FOX announced it’s developing a sitcom based off the life of rapper Heems (formerly of Das Racist) with Sanjay Shah, a co-executive producer from ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat (based on the memoir of chef Eddie Huang), so a new dawn of ’90s-era hip-hop sitcoms may be upon us.

H/T Jezebel | Photo via Eva Rinaldi/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 29, 2015, 6:29 pm CDT