Nicki Minaj Compares Hip Hop Audiences To Pop Audiences On Britney Tour
Wayne’s tour wrapped about a month ago. What type of
time did you have to prep for this tour, which is a completely different
show for you?
Nicki Minaj has left one world to another within a couple months. While giving multiple lap dances throughout the Young Money tour with Lil Wayne Nicki Minaj signed a deal to open pop sensation Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour. Nicki is roughly three shows into the tour and she spoke with LA Times about the tour:
Lil Wayne and Britney Spears have very different fanbases, and your music sort of treads the line between both. What did you think about jumping on Spears’ tour?
Well, initially, what I thought was I hope this audience will appreciate what I do. What I first dealt with was a bit of the unknown. Is this something that Britney’s crowd will even enjoy? But it all went away the first night. I stood in the transporter, that big prop that we have on the stage, and I could not believe the crowd reaction before they even saw me. It was very emotional for me. I was so shocked. I thought, OK, on the Wayne tour, this is my audience, everyone that knows Wayne, they know Nicki Minaj. When I heard those screams, it was one of the best feelings in the world. It changed overnight. I’m pleasantly surprised with the people coming out on this show; they generally are coming out not to critique, but to have fun. The hip-hop community tends to be more critical. On this stage, I felt a little bit more free.
I’m going to be honest: I haven’t even done a dress rehearsal for this
tour yet. I know most people wouldn’t come out and say that, but we’ve
been really, really pulling this off by the skin of my teeth because
like you said, I had just come off a tour, and right after the tour we
had to prep for a lot of other things. We really didn’t have a lot of
prep time, and then of course I’m not the headlining act so I didn’t get
time on the stage, I didn’t get time for my lighting and my cues. We
really have been pulling it off.
I wanted more time to nurture the show and get it to the point where I
was ready to see it, but unfortunately tick, tick, tick, it was time to
go up. So just being honest, I really don’t think the show is where I
want it to be as far as preparation. People don’t notice, you’ll never
know, but I’m having all these wardrobe malfunctions. [During Monday’s
performance] my dress broke, I couldn’t walk down the aisle on “Fly,”
for the fight scene my holster didn’t come off in time — it was a lot of
craziness backstage. I really can’t wait for people to see this show
after we start to feel comfortable. These three shows have been our
dress rehearsals. We’re definitely not in our comfort zone yet.
People are anticipating your solo tour. What are you going to take
from both the Wayne and Britney tours that you can incorporate into your
solo headlining tour, which is set to kick off next year?
Let me just say I’m going to take from Britney and Wayne, because
they’re both veterans. Being completely honest I’ve learned so much from
them, in terms of production. Britney’s production is so amazing. When I
sat out there the first night to watch it, I felt like I was a kid at
an amusement park. It was so much, the lights, the content and the
props. Whereas Wayne, he teaches me how to command a crowd. His comfort
level and how he makes people feel like he’s their best friend when he’s
onstage. He has that command. If you can put both of those two things
into a show, you can really do an amazing show — that’s my goal. Am I
gonna be able to do these humongous venues within the next year?
Probably not. But am I gonna put on an amazing show and give everyone
something that’s gonna be well worth what they paid? Absolutely yes.
Is Nicki Minaj correct that hip hop audiences are more critical than pop audiences?
Date Submitted: 6/23/2011 12:46 PM
PostedBy: Single In The City
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