Nicki Minaj defends new boyfriend convicted of rape

After subtly announcing the new relationship on Instagram Sunday, the "Bang Bang" rapper took to the social media platform yet again just hours later to defend her relationship with Petty, sharing a series of photos of herself with her new boyfriend. He was also convicted of first-degree manslaughter years later.

The "Moment 4 Life" lyricist climbed into the comments of someone who supports her as she went off to celebrate her birthday with Petty on a glamorous vacation.

She told the Internet to "go awf" and they certainly have, especially when one considers her friendship and musical collaborations with rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (he published video online of a minor performing a sexual act), and her brother Jelani's situation (found guilty of predatory sex against a child under 13).

Minaj did not bother addressing the fact that Petty was also convicted of manslaughter for the 2002 shooting death of a man that cost Petty seven years behind bars, The Blast also uncovered in their investigation of Petty's past. He served almost four years in prison for the crime. "Ya'll can't run my life". Y'all can't even run you own life, ' Nicki wrote.

Onika hit up social media Tuesday (December 11) to let loose on entertainment personality Jesse Palmer for allegedly lying about her during a broadcast.

A screenshot of Nicki's since-deleted tweet.

One year ago, Minaj's 39-year-old brother, Jelani Maraj, was found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl at his NY home. TMZ claims they are old friends from Queens. In the image, he's holding her leg up as she leans into him and rests her hand on his shoulders.

  • Jacqueline Ellis