Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint Tour
Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint Tour on 7/17/2015 (Review)
Backup dancers approach the stage and light cues are finalized. Each moment the crowd becomes more silent. A black curtain covers the entire stage leaving audience members in a state of wonder. What will appear? How will she make her entrance? For die-hard Barbz, these questions were already answered due to the hours of research that went into the tour. Yes, hours. Whether it be the costumes, the Twitter research, the endless hours of memorizing multiple CDs and mixtapes, each of these components play a key role in the Minaj experience.
Hard to believe that I saw Ms. Minaj two years ago in a theater that could probably fit a third what this venue was capable of holding. Over 19,000 spectators came to watch Minaj and special guests (Dej Loaf, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Meek Mill). The stage was bigger. The choreography was more complex. It was just on an entirely different level.
Although the venue reeked of sweat and was sweltering due to the near 100 degree temperatures, all eyes were on Minaj as she opened her set with “All Things Go”. Dressed in all black with a veil covering her face, Minaj set the mood for the first few songs. It didn’t take long for things to change up. Fan favorites, “Feeling Myself” and “Only”, pumped up the crowd and changed the mood that would continue for the rest of the night.
It was random. It was fun. Songs from her first album to some of her most popular remixes had fans screaming and hollering every time a new beat would drop. The interludes had their awkward moments when DJ Fresh decided to add in his commentary/beats. I’ve always had issues with DJs on tour, and this one detracted more from the set then added anything. However, when Nicki had her video/photo interludes, I got so much nostalgia, which I loved.
Side note: I really do think interludes can add so much to a tour experience. When executed properly, it can add that effortless flow to a show. A few examples being Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Beyoncé. To me, it just makes me think that the artist added that one more special element to the show.
My favorite part of the show occurred when Minaj toned it back completely. She had just finished her smash hit “Starships” before heading back to do another costume change. This time she came out in her most casual tour outfit to date. She played the lesser known/fan favorites, which had the crowd go absolutely mental. From “Itty Bitty Piggy” to “Boss Ass Bitch”, the songs had the widest range while still entertaining the more “mainstream” fans.
The show ended with a very special moment: the Omeeka section. Mill and Minaj performed hits like “Buy A Heart”, “Bad For You”, and “All Eyes On You”. Although there were technical issues, it was adorable to see them in their element and so in love.
As Mill left the stage, Minaj stayed for her final song “The Night Is Still Young”. Although she didn’t sing, the chemistry she had with her fans during that moment was wonderful. To hear her fans sing this feel good anthem back to her was probably so touching. She even Instagramed, “Couldn’t have asked for anything more tonight. Dallas, like I said, I’ll never forget you. I never had such a hard time leaving a stage before. That was a different type of love.”
The night felt very freeing. After a long week, it was nice to just get away, see your friends, and dance the night away. Thank you, Nicki. You always know how to put on a wonderful show.
For more chances to see Nicki: http://mypinkfriday.com/events
Buy The Pinkprint: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-pinkprint-deluxe-version/id947648607