Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012, Nicki Minaj
23 Jun 2012
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Beating Like A Drum And It's Coming Your Way
Guests don't get more special than Nicki Minaj. The multi-coloured multifaceted enchantress swoops into E9 to add her unique sparkle to Saturday's Main Stage.
The Trinidadian-born rapper and singer has had bloggers hot under the collar since mixtape Playtime Is Over in 2007. Minaj's clever rhymes, potty mouth and irrepressible ability to flip characters and accents mid flow saw early comparisons with the likes of Lil' Kim and Missy and sparked interest from Lil Wayne, who snapped Onika up for his Young Money Entertainment label.
Collaborations with Wayne and Eminem further cemented the New Yorker as a name to be reckoned with in rap, but it was break out hit Super Bass that took the world by storm. It shot to the top of the charts across the globe, while the YouTube clip of Minaj and Sophia Grace Brownlee singing the song on the Ellen show has been viewed almost 41 million times.
2012 has seen Nicki storm the Super Bowl with Madonna and release second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which Minaj tells Westwood is like her fourth mixtape. From it comes exhilarating summer hit Starships, just in time to thrill the Barbz in Hackney.
- Romans Revenge
- Did It On Him
- Beez In The Trap
- Right By My Side
- Moment 4 Life
- Bottoms Up
- Pound The Alarm
- Turn Me On
Nicki Minaj - Radio 1's Hackney Weekend review
Her stage presence is undeniable.