Minaj admitted: "My father was violent - physically and verbally. All of my young and teenage years we lived in fear that my mother would be killed by my father."
"It made me act out to guys and be evil to them when I was growing up. It made me tough, of course it did. I am an emotional person, but I am a tough person. It was very tough emotionally for me to have a parent who was an alcoholic and a drug addict.
She continued: "I had a mum with no money. We didn't really have many options. When you don't have options you feel helpless. And I think that is the worst feeling."
The Young Money star also confessed that as time went on, her brother stood up to her abusive father, changing the way her family lived.
The 26-year old explained: "Once my older brother grew up, he became the man of the house and started standing up to my father."