Nicki Minaj made up for her canceled Hot 97 Summer Jam performance in a major way last night in New York City. The Young Money star treated fans to a lights-out show at the famed Roseland Ballroom, with special guests Lil Wayne, Drake, Foxy Brown and Cam’ron.
As promised Minaj returned to the Big Apple to the deliver the free concert following a much-publicized fallout with New York radio station Hot 97 in June. The Queens native was scheduled to be the headlining act at the annual Summer Jam concert, but was pulled from the show by Lil Wayne after radio personality Peter Rosenberg made some disparaging comments about her pop-friendly song "Starships."
To the delight of all the Barbz in attendance on Tuesday night, Minaj’s set included everything from the pop-flavored "Super Bass" to her mixtape favorite "Beam Me Up Scotty." While she performed her verses on strip-club anthems “Dance A—“ and “I Love Dem Stripper” sans Big Sean and 2 Chainz respectively, Minaj’s set was not short on big-name surprise guests.
Minaj introduced rap great Foxy Brown as the artist "who has influenced me the most out of every female in the rap game." After Fox Boogie ran through Caribbean-tinged crowd pleasers "Oh Yeah" and "Tables Will Turn" (Minaj and Brown are both of Trinidadian decent) Nicki once again showered her with praise.
"I wanna thank you for being one of my biggest influences in the game," Minaj said. "There isn't a female rapper in the world who has opened more doors for me than you."
The love-fest got deeper when Nicki’s Young Money brothers Weezy and Drake hit the stage. Though she performed "Make You Proud" with Drake, it was Wayne who told the audience "I'm very proud of this young lady."
Certainly the Barbz in attendance shared that sentiment.
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