Nicki Minaj, the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 list at the same time, announced today the first set of dates for her “Pink Friday” concert tour.
The 29-year-old Trinidad-born rapper, who now makes New York City her home, is perhaps best known for the bump and grind she performed this past February while sharing the stage with Madonna during the Super Bowl half time show.
She was no less provocative last month in an appearance on ABC’s “Nightline” when she said that she contemplated killing her father when she was younger.
In a follow up interview, published in Great Britain’s Guardian newspaper, explained why she didn’t follow through with her murderous thoughts: God saved her and her family.
Her father had been a drug addict, Minaj recalled. He was abusive toward her mother, threatening violence, she said, “whenever he would have a real bad outburst.”
Minaj’s dad enrolled in rehab. He and her mother “started going to church a lot,” she said, “and he got saved and started changing his life.” Her parents have enjoyed a happy married life ever since. And Minaj attributes that to God, whom she calls her “hero.”
Well, it’s uplifting to read the rap star’s testimony about her parents. The problem is, while she is praising God for His divine intervention in their once-troubled lives, she continues to raise hell in her own life.
Indeed, Minaj sees nothing ungodly about releasing music – like her latest album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” which dropped in March – that, as the Guardian put it, “out-filths the boys.”
She sees nothing perverse about dressing up (or should I say down?) like the “Stupid Hoe” she raps about on her latest album, while wearing a Chinese tattoo on her left arm that reads shangdi yu ni chang zai , which means “God is always with you.”
Nicki Minaj represents that she’s a Christian. But there’s nothing Christ-like in how she’s chosen to use the talents with which she has been blessed.