Listening Party For Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday 2’ Set For Kingston

Anticipation is high for the release of Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday 2 album on her 41st birthday (December 8), and Jamaican Barbz are in for a treat.

Nicki Minaj

The Trinidad native, who’s had lifelong proximity to Jamaican culture, is being celebrated with Nicki Night Jamaica: Pink Friday 2, an album-listening party and voyage through her hit repertoire on Friday night at 30 Red Hills Road, Kingston. 

Curated by music enthusiast Jahvair Brown in collaboration with creative group Clever Life, the event is a local impression of global parties paying homage to the Chun-Li star. Patrons are encouraged to flaunt pink in adulation of Madame Harajuku Barbie, and tickets are going for JMD$2,000 each.

Event organiser Jahvair Brown

Jahvair Brown said he identified a local music audience whose desire to publicly relish in Minaj’s artistry was being starved. 

“This is an evening devoted to celebrating Nicki’s body of work – a remarkable experience in its own right,” Brown said. “Attendees can anticipate an abundance of two-finger pointing, lively chants of ‘all these chickens is my sons’, a barrage of bars and punchlines, an immersive pink-themed ambiance, and a stellar lineup of her discography, skillfully curated by DJ Ear Audigy.”

Timeless catalog aside, Minaj is also known for having an active social media presence, be it her high-level engagement with her Barbz community, or her pricey gifts to Jamaican TikTokers. She put her stamp of approval on the inaugural Nicki Night Jamaica by liking the poster on Twitter. The rapper is yet to engage the forthcoming edition on socials, but Brown isn’t concerned.

“Our primary focus is ensuring that the information reaches a wider audience,” he said. “We want to make certain that fans from Nicki Minaj’s fan base residing on the island have the opportunity to be part of the night and share the experience of the album with others in attendance.”

One of the album covers for ‘Pink Friday 2’, slated for release on December 8, 2023

Given name Onika Tanya Maraj, the entertainer’s ties to Jamaican culture took root during childhood when she moved to Queens, New York. The Starships artist also dated Jamaican rapper Safaree, who’s credited for co-writing some of her songs, for more than a decade. 

She further pockets a playful Jamaican accent, heard on songs like Wave Ya Hand, and in collaborations with Gyptian (Hold Yuh, 2010), Beenie Man (Gun Shot, 2012) and Mavado (Give It All To Me, 2013).

Onika Tanya Maraj

In recent years, Minaj has continued to insert Jamaican influence in her music, from her sampling of Danny Browne’s Filthy riddim on Megatron and Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden‘s Diwali riddim on Red Ruby Da Sleeze, to her Likkle Miss takeover with Skeng and dancehall acts like Spice, Pamputtae and Dovey Magnum.


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