Minaj In Manila
By ANYA SANTOS
June 9, 2012, 6:05pm
MANILA, Philippines – According to a source, the Nicki Minaj concert in Manila that’s been the subject of speculations is said to be pushing through on July 11 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. The concert is supposedly dubbed “Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Tour.”
The rumors were stirred when one of Minaj’s millions of Twitter followers asked her on May 25 if she has plans of doing a concert in the Philippines. The rap diva replied, through her official account @nickiminaj, “Yep! This Summer!”
Minaj, of course, is known for her rather “dirty” raps and provocative looks and music videos. In the April 2012 cover of UK’s The Guardian Weekend magazine, she was quoted to have said, “I have balls than boys,” and in an inside photo, a caption read, “She has a body like Marilyn [Monroe] and a mouth like Eminem. No wonder Nicki Minaj is the hottest female rapper in the world.”
Indeed, Minaj isn’t for the faint-hearted. But what is amazing is that, aside from rap listeners, the 29-year-old superstar counts little girls as her fans—the most famous of them, perhaps, are the pink gown and tiara-wearing girls on the video that has gone viral on YouTube, with nearly 40 million views. Eight-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee and her five-year-old cousin Rosie have since gone on to appear on “Ellen” and have even met Minaj on the show.
Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad, Minaj revealed to the magazine some personal details like growing up with a father who was an alcoholic and a drug addict that nearly burned down their house with her mother still inside—a claim the star’s father said was “exaggerated.” But Minaj, who started her musical career singing in some hit songs by Ludacris, her mentor Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, whose hit “Monster” includes a solo by Minaj, has come a long way.
Minaj told The Guardian that she hated having to change her last name Maraj to Minaj as a result of one production deal she signed, but that she was convinced to do so. Now, however, she views Nicki Minaj as an alter-ego… a “big theater piece,” she tells the magazine.
With her second album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” topping the US and UK charts, there seems to be no stopping Minaj, who is also hell-bent on out-cursing the boys, fuming at the magazine’s writer when he brings up questions about her using (and the possibility of her stopping the use of) swear words, and would often refer to male genitalia—which has, naturally, stirred issues about her sexuality.
Nevertheless, Minaj says she loves her young fans and was quoted in the piece as saying that she wants to show young girls “that possibilities are endless” and that it doesn’t matter if she “was born poor.”
Catch Minaj in Manila when her “Pink Friday World Tour” lands here in July and see for yourself if you’ve got the balls for it.