If you like Nicki Minaj, you shouldn't miss this show. Hell, even if you don't like Nicki Minaj, you probably shouldn't miss this show. Because whether you like her or not, you simply can't deny her ability to put on a show.
Bayfront Park Amphitheatre's recent resurrection has brought Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional to its balmy outdoor seats, but now Live Nation is kicking its lineup into high gear. Minaj is easily the biggest star to grace the Amphitheatre's stage in quite some time.
Her latest album, The Pinkprint, was released in December, and this tour is a perfect followup. The album was a smashing success and is considered one of her strongest efforts to date. It quickly went gold and features Meek Mill, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne, Jessie Ware, Drake, Chris Brown, Skylar Grey, Jeremih, and LunchMoney Lewis. Popular hits from the album included the ode to Minaj's rear end — "Anaconda" — and "Only," featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, an undeniably catchy song that's basically a five-minute explanation that Minaj, Drake, and Wayne are not, in fact, having sex with one another but, like, totally would if the opportunity arose.
Many consider Minaj to be one of the most influential female rappers of all time. Her lyrical and vocal tenacity sets her far apart from the competition — if there even is any. Having great music can make you a great artist, but putting on an amazing show will make your fans reach deep into their wallets to see you live. Most of Bayfront Park Amphitheatre's front-row seats have already sold for more than $500. At this point, it's hard to say which figure has more commas: her album sales or her bank account.
Although Minaj will be the star of the show, life is always more fun when you bring friends along. Audience members can expect performances by Meek Mill — Minaj's current love affair — Tinashe, and Dej Loaf, who made this year's XXL Freshman List. Meek and Nicki have a few songs together on The Pinkprint, and — spoiler alert — they will perform together at the show. Bringing your boyfriend on tour may not be such a bad idea, especially if he's Meek Mill.
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Aside from possible PDA from the pair, expect all of your favorite radio hits, including "Starships," "Superbass," and "Anaconda," along with slow jams like "Pills n Potions," "Right Tru Me," and "Right by My Side." What other rappers do you know who can go from 0 to 60 that fast without a Lamborghini?
The bottom line is you don't want to miss the Pinkprint Tour. Rumor has it that Minaj likes to pull audience members onstage during shows, so wear something nice and practice your booty bounce.
Nicki Minaj with Meek Mill, Tinashe, and Dej Loaf. 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; 305358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. Tickets cost $35 to $570 plus fees via livenation.com.