By Lisa Robinson
Pink wigs, tutu’s and ridiculous attire for miles could only mean one thing… Nicki Minaj was back in Australia. Barbz and Ken’s lined up for hours to make sure they were getting as close as possible to their queen, and it was definitely not a show to be missed!
Kicking off the show was home grown DJ Ruby Rose, who I found to be an incredible surprise. Having not seen her perform previously, I had no idea what to expect from her and she absolutely blew me away! Her energy was amazing, and she was having constant interaction with the crowd from up on her decks; laughing, singing along and dancing with fans in the audience. She even did a lap of the front row at the end of her set, driving everyone insane trying to touch her or catch a glimpse. If Ruby ever performs in your city, I highly recommend going to see her!
After Ruby’s set running over time, the crew were in a rush to prepare for the next opening act – Tyga. Arriving on stage with a bang, he hyped the crowd as expected. Not being too much of a Tyga fan to begin with I found myself a little bored, but my friend (who is a huge Tyga fan) absolutely loved him. Seeing him perform Rack City for the second time of the night with 10 females from the audience on stage was definitely the highlight.
The wait between Tyga and Nicki Minaj was the most excruciating, because she sure did take her time coming on stage. Suddenly the curtains lit up with a countdown and the crowd went wild. Making her grand entrance in a space ship to Come On A Cone, Minaj proved herself more than worthy of the wait. Following it up with Beez In The Trap, Roman Reloaded and crowd favourite Did It On ‘Em, she addressed her devoted followers by telling us to stay in school and make sure we “do good,” to keep her proud. You always see her on television or in interviews with her huge ego and attitude, but after seeing her perform live I feel that she is more than justified in the ways that she carries herself. Say what you will about Nicki Minaj, but appreciating her fully as an artist is something that can only be done by experiencing it first hand…. everything is ON POINT.
There were no hiccups in her rhymes and far less back tracking than I had anticipated, because believe it or not the girl has a set of pipes on her! Her singing voice is almost as outstanding as her rapping. The costume changes were something to note, as they were just as spectacular as her stage set (she even changed her wig from blonde to pink). During the changes, her hype man SB was keeping the crowd hyped by playing Minaj hits throughout the years that were not part of her set list. Upon her return she had noticed one particular fan in the audience singing every word to every song, so she pulled him up on stage for I’m Legit and they twerked the house down.
The entire show was phenomenal from beginning to end, and she showed a different side of herself to please everyone in attendance. Rap Nicki to slow Nicki to pop Nicki to original Nicki, the energy in the room was undeniable. Closing the show with her smash hit Starships, I was surrounded by more than a couple tearful Barbz which also proved to me the utter dedication of her fans. It was a spectacular event, and I cannot wait to see her again in 2013.