Nicki Minaj closes the SNL season 43 and breaks twitter

Nicki Minaj returned to “Saturday Night Live” to close out Season 43 as a guest musical artist, after assuring that she would present a new song in it. And not just any, but the theme that opens her new album, initially called ‘Queen’, and also says that it is her favorite song of the album. Well, that simply did not happen.

The rap queen performed her top 10 hit “Chun-Li” for the first time on television, from her upcoming album, Queen, which drops on June 15 and It also includes the single “Barbie Tingz. She recently performed the track live during a surprise appearance at Rolling Loud.

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The controversial performance featured Nicki and her dancers wearing traditional Chinese-inspired garb. The performance, which appeared to once again reference the “Street Fighter” character Chun-Li, sparked a social media debate about cultural appropriation.

Minaj was backed by several Asian dancers and featured her wearing chopsticks in her hair and used an Asian-style pavilion as part of the backdrop.


Donning a sparkly black robe and chopsticks in her hair, the Harajuku Barbie emerged under a glowing Chinese arch with four ninja dancers by her side. After busting some killer moves, she removed her robe to reveal a sexy patent leather outfit, inspired by the “Street Fighter” character. Flanked by two female dancers.

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After the show aired, Twitter exploded with tweets accusing Minaj of cultural appropriation. Many people questioned why a white Utah teenager was recently accused of cultural appropriation for attending her high school senior prom in a Chinese-themed dress while Minaj seemed to get a pass.
Last September, Minaj spoke out against the cultural appropriation in the fashion industry while performing at Philipp Plein Spring/Summer ’18 runway show during New York Fashion Week.

“Thank you for including our culture,” she said. “Designers get really big, really rich off of our culture, and then you don’t see a motherfucker that look anything like us in the front row half the time.”

For her second performance featured a guest appearance from Playboi Carti “Poke It Out” off the latter’s new album Die Lit. Playboi hit the stage first before a blonde Nicki strut out in a sexy black cutout dress that showed off her curves. Fierce as ever, she delivered her fiery verse while flaunting her body and then called upon Carti before twerking for him, ending with a shoutout to her Barbz.

Minaj also appeared in a SNL sketch, titledFriendship Song,” which co-starred the evening’s host Tina Fey, along with cast members Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant. The rapper appears halfway through the skit to stick up for her friend.

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The sketch finds the cast styled as sisters in a nightclub setting, singing about supporting friends by cutting others down. Around the 2:30 mark, Minaj makes an appearance on the track with a rap verse. She also dropped a verse in a sketch featuring a Haim-style band of sisters that was cut for time.

I’ll rip up her life, yo get the knife/ Because you’re low-key my wife, you’re my bitch for life,” Minaj raps in the cameo. “You’re a 10, she a two, life sucks for her/ Let’s punch her in her face and take her jewels/ It’s May, we don’t play with them April fools.

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The rap queen performed her top 10 hit “Chun-Li” for the first time on television, from her upcoming album, Queen, which drops on June 15