Nicki Minaj's tears of joy

Nicki Minaj has revealed that she has cast the young actress who will play her in new TV show 'Nicki'.

Nicki Minaj's tears of joy

Nicki Minaj cried when she discovered the young actress who will play her in a new TV show.

The rapper is working with ABC on a sitcom about her childhood and was thrilled when she first saw 11-year-old Ariana Neal's audition tape as she knew the youngster was the perfect choice to portray her in 'Nicki'.

She wrote on Instagram: "I literally cried watching her taped audition. I demanded to meet her!

"Sat in a room with her teaching her how to rap by doing a beat on the table & forcing her to stay on beat! Lol. Then pulled out all the attitude she had in her lil body. Haha! She's tough And so sweet & cute #ArianaNeal #LilNicki Welcome to the family lil lady bug! (sic)"

Nicki previously admitted she has gotten "too involved" with the project, much to her own surprise.

She said: "I am maybe too involved. Two days ago I was in casting. I'm going back tomorrow.

"It has been magical. I didn't even know I had it in me, but I love children so much."

The 'Super Bass' hitmaker is taking inspiration from Chris Rock's 'Everybody Hates Chris' for the show.

She explained: "I narrate this show, like Chris Rock narrates 'Everybody Hates Chris'. It was little differences that made that show stand out. I want to have those nuances.

"My first day, I said to the casting director, 'This will not be a cliched black show.' "

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