The queen Nicki Minaj brought everything but her latest album to Brussels
How else would you introduce the queen of rap than with a pair of wings and a golden crown, floating over the stage on the tunes of Majesty. Nicki Minaj finally took over Palais 12 again after 4 years of patient waiting for the Belgian fans. She brought new generation rapper Juice Wrld with her to accompany her latest Queen tour. 'Queen' is a name she owned on her last album and live on stage. A night filled with unicorns, floating beds and throwback jams. And ass, because what would Minaj be without too much ass?
Text by Yaell Monas
Part one and two: opening with your biggest songs is a dangerous step
At 9:30 pm the whole venue started screaming when Nicki Minaj finally came on stage. The audience had been waiting for a while, but a queen always arrives late. Floating on a throne with wings, she rapped Majesty dressed in an all gold outfit with matching crown. When Feeling Myself with Beyoncé comes on, the crown has to go and she proves her vocals have been improved. She easily raps her verses while selling a show. Which she couldn’t last time she visited our country. The throne made place for an Egyptian bed, on which she knows how to show off her body, which is even more thick in real life.
The first two parts of the show kind of feel like a bedroom jamsession of teenage girls. Opening with all your biggest songs is a dangerous step. Because the other parts of the show could easily turn out boring. Rake it Up, Big Bank and Fefe, in which she openly shows her support for Tekashi 6ix9ine, followed damn fast after each other and the audience was as hyped as Minaj herself. With Anaconda she impressed by rapping the whole song without stumbling over the speed of the lyrics. We’re still doubting if the background dancers were really necessary, but the girls and guys could easily follow Minaj in shaking their asses.
Juice Wrld and his a capella version of Lucid Dreams
With past songs such as Beez In The Trap, Roman’s Revenge and Bed Rock she tests how well her fans know her. In a tiny sport short and an oversized bomber jacket, she and her DJ turned the stage into a club. Nicki Minaj killed her breakthrough verse on the Kanye and Jay Z's track Monster, but switched songs faster than a Belgian driver switches lanes. Before the fans knew it, the throwback jam was over and Nicki disappeared again to give the stage to Juice Wrld.
The American rapper didn’t let us down. Coming on stage with a knitted sweater and what feels like pyjama pants on, he roped in the audience with his live performance. And it was good. We still don’t get who put Juice and Minaj together on a tour though. Many Minaj fans didn’t know Juice and just took a break from the show during Juices performance. Not that he cared. While getting rid of his shoes he easily sang an a capella version of Lucid Dreams to finish his part in the show.
Part three and still no sign of the new album
The third part of Nicki’s performance was reserved for Minaj her pop- and dance songs, featuring colleagues such as Ariana Grande. We have to give it to the queen, famous or not, she still gets fans up on the stage to grind with her and get a selfie. Dressed as something that looked like a robot, she did another throwback jam but this time uptempo. By this time, we’re all questioning ourselves when the new songs will appear. She did prove her vocal capability with slow songs such as Save Me and Grand Piano, which she called her saddest song ever.
After performing Moment 4 Life on a platform in the air, a video compilation of Minaj her most popular songs came on. But still, there’s no sign of the new album. 2 hours later, she ended the show with her breakthrough hit Superbass while sitting on a big unicorn on stage. Yes, Nicki can call herself the queen of rap. But the audience was waiting for a live version of Barbie Dreams, and she kept us waiting. A show, for sure, but the endless pauses and issues with the stage made it a long show. And to call your tour the Queen tour, this felt more like a This is Nicki Minaj Spotify playlist than an album tour. An album which was good, good enough to perform live. So next time, Nicki, don’t keep us waiting. Drop them bars.