| 07-26-2011, 08:32 AM||
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Young Money Entertainment artiste Nicki Minaj, who headlined International Night Two at Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, St James, on Saturday, has been charged with indecent language.
Information reaching THE STAR is that the rapper, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was served with a summons by the police as she exited the venue following her performance in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
When contacted, Senior Superintendent Linette Martin Williams gave a confirmation and noted that the Trinidad-born rapper is scheduled to appear in court sometime this week.
Minaj, who was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment and Universal Motown in 2009. Her debut album, Pink Friday, which has been certified platinum was released last year.
At 1 a.m., on Sunday morning, Minaj, with her group of three dancers, flashing lights and a diamond microphone, proceeded to rock an almost capacity crowd.
In that crowd were teeny-boppers and some even younger.
Minaj seemed to be cognisant of where she was and said she was trying to “behave”. “It’s a good thing I can’t curse right now. They told me not to curse, so I’m trying to behave,” she said, as the young in the audience went wild, hanging on to her every word.
Even after that, however, it seems some of her tracks were just too saucy to hold back and while she kept swearing to a minimum while interacting with the audience, her lyrics more than pushed the limit.
According to a report in today’s Gleaner, Minaj’s performance reminded audience members of a young Marion Hall.
“Eliciting an explicit set, her lewd lyrics and onstage gyrations were a reminder of Jamaica’s own Lady Saw.
“With crotch-grabbing, s3xually suggestive moves and a seductive smile, Minaj served a vulgar innuendo which was greedily devoured by her fans,” the report read.
For her troubles, Minaj earned the admiration of a Jamaican audience, as she easily eclipsed superstars like Wayne Wonder and Jah Cure.
That is not to say the two were not impressive in their sets as well, and Gyptian and Protoje must come in for some commendation here.
But when Minaj belted out the lyrics from Roman’s Revenge upon entering the stage, the cheers went from deafening to something even more acute.
As her set began to come to an end, Minaj swept into Hold Yuh, a remix of the mega-hit from Gyptian. The crowd was almost on the stage at this point, Minaj was a hit.
Another interesting moment came when Minaj took a back seat to her dancers and allowed them free reign to tackle some of dancehall’s more enduring dance tunes. When the dancers showed they could do the ‘Dutty Wuk’, the crowd was more than a little appreciative.
Minaj did her fair share of dancing and acting as well, playing out parts that told the stories of the songs she rapped. Again, the audience appreciated what was a well rehearsed set.
I still can't get over the fact you can't cuss in Jamaica...