Yesterday, April 3, Nicki Minaj hit the 106 & Park Stage to talk about her sophmore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and perform some traks along with her special guests Cam’ron and 2 Chainz.
The Barb Empire head wore flowery Roberto Cavalli top with matching leggings, Alexander McQueen heels, and a shiny new Roman necklace.What Barb outfit would be complete without a colored wig eh? She sported a curly pink wig to match her outfit.
After kicking off her heels, the shoeless star ran, jumped and wined through her new material including “Roman Reloaded,” “HOV Lane,” “I Am Your Leader” with Cam’ron, “Beez in the Trap” with 2 Chainz, and “Champion” of course her hypeman Safaree Samuels joined her and her guests on those tracks. She returned with three backup singers to perform “Right By My Side” and “Fire Burns.”
Birdman also sat in on the fun.
Apart from her performance, her Barbz got in the mix too, modelling some of her signature looks in a fashion show and dancing to “Starships” in a flash mob.
“I love you guys so much,” Minaj told her loyal fans. “You will never understand how you changed my life.”
Missing in action was Beenie Man who was scheduled to to perform the single “Gun Shot” with the Young Money rapper, but had to cancel at last minute due to visa restrictions. When asked by host Terrance J who was on the album, she counted off:
“Ok lemme start from top to bottom: Rick Ross, Cam’ron, 2 Chainz, Nas, Jeezy, Drake, and Lil Wayne of course, Bobby Valentino and Chris Brown”
The artists mentioned were on the first ten tracks, while Beenie is on the one before the last track. I’m sure it was not on purpose but that was a very obvious omission, at least for us Caribbeans, who already knew Beenie was to have joined her on stage that day.
I guess his reaction to that would be “I’m Ok”. I kid, I kid….
In other Nicki News the Head Barbz in charge recently talked to Funkmaster Flex about working with some other female rappers in the game including Lauryn Hill:
”I wanted to get her on ‘Champion’.That would have been crazy, right? She was my fave. Lauryn to me was the goddess. I’d love to meet her. I’m pretty sure she’s heard me talk about her a billion times.”
Nicki Minaj also gave some props to other female veteran rappers before her including Remy Ma and Foxy Brown.
“Remy at one time brought back this energy that was almost palpable. When the ‘Ante Up’ verse came out, if you ain’t know her, you knew her then.”
“Foxy was one of my faves. I had connected with her a lot just because she’s Trini and I’m Trini, and I always thought if I meet her, she would understand me. Foxy Brown was my friend in my head.“
What you wasn’t expecting to hear her shout out to Kimmy Kim Kim did you?