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Nicki Minaj Performs At The Roseland Ballroom In New York
Nicki Minaj wasn’t kidding when she promised fans that she would make up that canceled Summer Jam performance. The Young Money rapper took the stage at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday night (August 13) for a set that ran well over 2 hours, and just when it seemed like she might be rocking solo, she brought out a few guests, beginning with Foxy Brown, then adding her Young Money family Drake and Lil Wayne.
Minaj hit the stage at 9:30 p.m. for the Pepsi-sponsored show (part of the brand’s “Live for Now” campaign), which was live-streamed online and broadcast on the big screen in Times Square. Sporting a long blond wig and a skintight pink, blue and black-and-white striped leotard, she kicked things off with tracks like “Roman’s Revenge” and “Did It on ‘Em,” flanked by her backup dancers in their colorful garb. The LED screens behind her reflected neon colors as she continued with hits like “Stupid H–” and riled up the crowd with her verses on Big Sean’s “Dance (A$$)” and 2 Chainz’s “I Love Dem Strippers.”
“Pound the Alarm” was another energy booster, after which Nicki took a break, changed into a white gown and returned to the stage, telling her Barbz that she wanted to have story time. It was at this point that Nicki turned the spotlight on the crowd, asking her fans to throw dirty looks at those who had come to judge her. “I just want my fans here, ’cause I don’t want people to come and observe me,” she yelled to the crowd. “If you didn’t come here to have a good time, go home!”
After this, she really turned the energy up, and there were still plenty of hits and outfit changes left. In a voluminous pink wig, with a pink-and-white corseted dress, she delivered the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded ballad “Marilyn Monroe” and the emotional “Burn,” but she started to take things back to her hip-hop roots when she changed into a fitted red blazer with a long black wig. With a new look, she hit mixtape tracks like “Beam Me Up Scotty” and freestyled her verse on Birdman’s “Born Stunna.” As she continued to drum up old songs and feature verses, it seemed like Nicki would hold down the show on her own after all, but that was far from the truth.
Suddenly, out came Foxy Brown, with Nicki Minaj introducing her as someone “who has influenced me the most out of every female in the rap game” (just in case that wasn’t clear). Foxy and Minaj were spotted hanging out together after her failed Summer Jam performance, and it was rumored that they would have hit the stage together that day. Tuesday night, fans got a chance to see what they missed. Dressed in a one-piece, Foxy delivered “Oh Yeah” and “Tables Will Turn” with Nicki adding one more time, “I wanna thank you for being one of my biggest influences in the game. There isn’t a female rapper in the world who has opened more doors for me than you.”
Well it may not have been Summer Jam, but Nicki definitely showed why she is the undisputed Queen of this rap isht at the present moment.
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