Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill Get PDA Heavy at New Jersey Show
Nicki Minaj undoubtedly occupies the throne when it comes to the upper echelon of female rappers and The Pinkprint Tour does nothing but continue to warn off all competition. The show, that could arguably be renamed as the Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill PDA fest, was headlined by the highly publicized couple with assistance from XXL 2015 Freshman, Dej Loaf, Tinashe and Rae Sremmurd. Last night, taking place in New Jersey.
Now-a-days when there's so much social networking taking place that venue ultimately becomes a dead zone, is a great sign that one is in the midst of a successful tour, and the PNC Bank Arts Center surely alluded to that. Dej Loaf kicked things off promptly around 7pm, letting it be known that this wouldn't be your typical hip-hop show, which at times can commence hours away from the pre-determined start time. The buzzing Detroit MC ran through her recent catalog of hits before performing her Billboard Hot 100 top 50 hit, "Try Me." Tinashe then did her thing, cranking the sex appeal up a couple notches with fan favorites "2 On" and "All Hands On Deck." Rae Sremmurd followed, bringing the packed venue's energy to an all-time high. The Tupelo, Mississippi duo ran through chart toppers like "No Type" and "No Flex Zone," but wrapped before nightfall leaving, concertgoers with the thought that the turn up may have taken place a little too early. There's nothing like jamming to the croons of the club anthem churning duo in the rhythm of the night.
If the first week albums sales weren't enough of proof, the screams that erupted when Meek Mill graced the stage, let it be known that the MMG front man has arrived at the top. His set was predictably geared towards the male attendees in many ways, packed with an array of street anthems but also surprisingly personal and even emotional at times, surely grasping the attention of the ladies. Meek put forth nearly his entire catalog during his 40-minute set, traveling down memory lane with Self Made Vol. 1 cuts like "Tupac Back." Halfway through, he took time to lift up the names of lost loved ones, mentioning Chinx, Lil Snupe and even performed lyrics honoring his deceased father. Meek saved the turn up for last, ironically performing "Amen," sans Drake's verse, followed by "House Party" and "Dreams and Nightmares."
Nicki Minaj took the stage around 9:30pm welcomed by screams so loud, the shrieking nearly trumped the music. Kicking off with "All Things Go," the song that put the stamp on the end of her 14-year relationship with Safaree, she immediately dismantled claims made by her ex that she's not over their stint. She performed for about an hour and a half, running through so many top 10 hits that it's a wonder she has yet to earn a Grammy. Throughout the show, she made sure to flash her Meek Mill gifted ring that broke the internet, giving the vibe that we would see more of her beau before the show wrapped. Amidst her many outfit changes, four to be exact, Nicki performed "The Crying Game," "Feelin' Myself," "Only", "Truffle Butter," "Flawless," "Beez In The Trap" and more, before moving into throwback joints like "Super Bass," and the "5 Star (remix)."
To fans delight, Rae Sremmurd did actually save some of the turn up for nightfall, reemerging for "Throw Sum Mo" with Nicki Minaj. Meek Mill also reappeared before the show wrapped, during which the duo performed "Buy A Heart" and "All Eyes On You." The PDA got real following the collaborative records with them sharing an intense kiss and Nicki gushing "I love you boy." "Starships" than immediately rung through the speakers as the parting song of choice.
All in all, the five acts put on a show that trumped all other New Jersey activities for the night, but the highlight was undoubtedly Meek and Nicki’s immense affection. It's safe to say concert goers may have even witnessed the couple's version of Jay Z and Beyonce's "On The Run" tour.
Check out XXL's recent review of Meek Mill's Dream Worth More Than Money album.