People.com Entertainment Music Nicki Minaj Grinds on Her New Controversial Boyfriend While Celebrating Her 36th Birthday The rapper shared the sexy videos from her celebrations to Instagram on Thursday By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 13, 2018 11:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email It seems like nothing — not even a piece of paper — can get between Nicki Minaj and her new man. The rapper, who turned 36 over the weekend, kept the birthday celebrations going as she partied at a New York City restaurant on Wednesday in the company of her closest friends and new beau, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. Sharing videos from the event to her Instagram on Thursday, Minaj and Petty — who is a registered sex offender in New York and was convicted of manslaughter in 2002 — showed off some major PDA as they grinded on each other. “I WANT ALL DA 💨 @brookebaileyinc 😂😂😂 LOW LOW LOW LOW!!!!!!!!” Minaj captioned one video recording the new pair dancing together. In the second video shared by the rapper, the rest of the party joined in on their intimate dancing as the music played loudly in the background. “When you wit gang & you hear TING-A-LING-A-LING!” #BasementPARTYvybez” she wrote. Nicki Minaj/Instagram. Inset: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Nicki Minaj Claps Back at Fans Unimpressed by Her New Man’s Registered Sex Offender Status: ‘Y’all Can’t Run My Life’ Minaj also shared three candid snapshots from the bash featuring her and Petty, 40, sweetly enjoying each other’s company. “He want me to be his wife- his MISSIS like SIPPI NOW,” she proudly captioned the photos. Minaj also shared several group shots from the party and thanked the guests, including Brooke Bailey, Rah Ali, DJ Clue, and DJ Boof, for planning and attending the celebrations. “This da dream team. Magic as I recall. Whole squad on point! Bunch of Chris Pauls 🎉 @brookebaileyinc @rah_ali I love you both sm for last night. Thank you.” Nicki Minaj and Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. Nicki Minaj/Instagram What to Know About Nicki Minaj’s Controversial New Man, Kenneth ‘Zoo’ Petty Despite spending the last few days happily celebrating alongside her new beau, Minaj shocked fans this week when it became known that Petty served time in prison after being convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a man. According to a criminal complaint from the Queens County District Attorney and obtained by The Blast, Petty pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a man named Lamont Robinson in 2002. “The defendant, Kenneth Petty, shot the deceased, Lamont Robinson, with a loaded handgun multiple times thereby causing his death,” the complaint read. Nicki Minaj and Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. Nicki Minaj/Instagram Originally charged with murder in the second degree, a plea bargain reduced the charge to manslaughter, The Blast reports. Petty pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge in March 2006 and served seven years in prison after being sentenced to 10. According to records accessed by PEOPLE, he was released in May 2013 and had been on supervised release for five years until May of this year. Kenneth “Zoo” Petty and Nicki Minaj. Nicki Minaj/Instagram Nicki Minaj’s New Man Served Prison Time After Being Convicted of Manslaughter In addition to the manslaughter charge, Petty is a level two registered sex offender in New York, which means he’s considered a “moderate risk of repeat offense” and will be required to register as a sex offender for life. According to online records from the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, Petty was convicted in April 1995 of attempted rape in the first degree for an incident that occurred in September 1994 involving a 16-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 18 to 54 months in prison, but it is unclear how much time he actually served. RELATED VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Details New Album, Drops New Singles ‘Chun-Li’ and ‘Barbie Tingz’ In response to Instagram comment criticisms about the relationship, the “Barbie Dreams” artist wrote, “He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship. But go awf Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.” TMZ reports Minaj has known Petty since they were teenagers and is “confident he’s matured.” The site reports sources close to Minaj claim the mother of Petty’s girlfriend at the time filed the charges because she did not approve of him.