- Moved to Queens, NY, from Trinidad as a child.
- Had a difficult childhood: her father was a drug addict who once tried to burn down their house.
- Played the clarinet in middle school.
- Discovered via her MySpace page in 2007 by Dirty Money CEO Fendi.
- Released three acclaimed mixtapes before signing with Lil Wayne's Young Money label in 2009.
- Named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards.
- Appeared on an array of songs by other artists prior to recording her debut Pink Friday album, including hits by Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Kayne West.
- Set a record in October 2010 by having seven singles in the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time: her own "Your Love" as well as guest turns on songs by Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Usher, Sean Kingston and Jay Sean.
- Won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2010 BET Awards.