Live Review: Nicki Minaj, O2 Arena

I’ve always viewed Nicki Minaj as a bit of an oddity to be taken with a pinch of salt. After seeing her live at the O2 Arena at the end of October I now realise, she sees herself a bit like that too. On stage she is an over the top caricature of what people perceive her as. She lives up to the hype and I had one of the best times I’ve ever had at her show on 30th October.

Nicki Minaj At The O2

Nicki Minaj may have been late hitting the stage but, my word; she made up for it when she emerged from her big pink space rocket. She looked every inch the hip hop bitch Barbie but swore like an absolute sailor as she stormed through Come On a Cone, Roman Reloaded and Did It On ‘Em.

The show was an absolute spectacle and I got the idea that the music was secondary to the pantomime as she performed over the top of her tracks. This upset me a bit to begin with but soon I was whipped up into a frenzy and bobbing along in the Minaj bubble like everyone else. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just the crowd that was having the time of their lives, Nicki in all her wide eyed glory looked like she was having a great time too.

The camp spectacular was sprinkled with a handful of costume (and wig) changes and some fantastic props; including an inflatable pink limo and a crystal studded bath tub! As talented a rapper as she is the highlights of her show were definitely the big hits; especially her big finale of Starships. The place was bouncing even after she’d left the stage.

As if her fans weren’t eating out of the palm of her hand from the moment she hit the stage she confessed to having an obsession with Britain; which led to a number of random forays into a dodgy Mary Poppins style English accent. Personally, I loved it.

There isn’t a better place on this fucking planet than motherfucking London!” she screamed and right at that moment everyone in the O2 agreed.

What do you think of Nicki Minaj? Is she as bat shit crazy as she comes across?



This review first appeared on Glasswerk.

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