Nicki Minaj’s 2022 Rolling Loud NYC Headlining Set Was a Moment for the Barbz


Nicki Minaj ruled over a freezing night at Citi Field in Queens, NY to wrap up the first day of Rolling Loud NYC on Friday (September 23), and she brought several guests to rock the festival grounds.

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Since Nicki was the first rapper to headline Rolling Loud, expectations were high for a great show, and the hometown girl didn’t disappoint. Fans swarmed the festival grounds as the lights turned pink on the Fashion Nova stage, prompting them to hurry and grab a good seat to see the South Jamaican queen in all her glory. At around 9:15 p.m., she took the stage in an all-black outfit while the sounds of screaming fans filled the air of the Big Apple.

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The mother-of-one kicked off the party with a fiery rendition of “We Go Up,” which saw Fivio Foreign take to the stage to dish out his mesmerizing verses. Minaj wasted no time in sending fans into a frenzy as she delighted them with a medley of hits like “Did It On’em,” “Beez In The Trap,” “Feeling Myself,” and more.

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Just as fans were reeling from Fivio Foreign’s performance at the forefront of the show, Nicki had a few more friends on stage to get the energy flowing quickly at Citi Field.

BIA joined Minaj for a booming performance of WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (Remix) while Lil Uzi Vert arrived shortly after to hold Nicki’s hand for a duet performance of their touching album The Way Life Goes (Remix).

Midway through the set, Minaj dug even deeper into her hit bag when she knew she had festival-goers on hand. Fans were bursting at the seams when they heard the instrumental to the rapper’s 2018 single “Chun-Li,” and Barbz devotees only grew louder as their idol “Only” and “Truffle Butter” sans Chris Brown and her Young Money brothers, Drake and Lil, performed Wayne. Some love was also shown to the late Pop Smoke when Nicki rode the New York drill train to perform “Welcome to the Party (Remix)”.

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It wouldn’t have been a true Nicki Minaj show if day one fans hadn’t heard more about the classics that lured them into the Barbz fandom in the early 2010s. When Nicki walked offstage for an outfit change, the Barbz captured it for the 39-year-old, rapping “Up All Night” and “Itty Bitty Piggy” word for word with precision. If Nicki wanted to give her fans the mic, she could have done so while everyone rapped and danced to her songs at the same time.

Minaj had another surprise for her loyal fanbase when she brought out G Herbo to perform “Chi-Raq.” The crowd roared upon his arrival, especially when he couldn’t play his set earlier in the day because New York City traffic prevented him from making it to Citi Field in time.

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The multi-platinum artist returned in 2010 for her debut album. pink fridayto end the night with “Super Bass”, but there seemed to be a minor hiccup with her set and the allotted time frame the festival organizers gave her.

Nicki stopped reciting her lyrics to “Super Bass” as she told the crowd, “Rolling Loud isn’t going to let me do ‘Moment 4 Life.’ But I have to do it a cappella for my people.”

In the most touching moment of her entire set, the hip-hop star fell to her knees while performing her Drake-backed track before the audience took the reins and ended her set. Fans left the grounds satisfied with the performance and many people chatted about Minaj leading the way on day one of Rolling Loud NYC 2022.

“She’s just the best,” said one of the Barbz as he exited the festival, before another said, “Because she’s the queen!”

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