NEW YORK — With [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] scheduled to turn himself in to begin his one-year prison sentence on Tuesday, the rapper’s Young Money crew will undoubtedly move into the spotlight as they look to keep their boss’ brand burning hot.
[artist id="254568"]Drake[/artist] is the heir apparent, but YM’s lady of rhyme, Nicki Minaj , has proven she’s just as capable of being a Weezy ambassador.
On Saturday night, the female MC entertainingly pulled double duty hosting BET’s “Rip the Runway” with actor Pooch Hall and performing alongside [artist id="961097"]Ludacris[/artist].
“Pooch, you haven’t even complimented me on my shoes yet,” Nicki said, teasing her co-host as the pair introduced the show, set to air March 15 on BET and Centric.
“The Game” actor quickly made amends, christening his counterpart “Sexy Minaj.” She certainly earned the praise: Her hot-pink minidress was hugging her curves like a long-lost relative. The dress was one of many outfit changes for Minaj.
Ludacris got the crowd off their feet for the first of many times throughout the night when he kicked things off with his latest single, “My Chick Bad.”
“My chick bad, tell me if you seen her,” Luda rapped. “She always bring the racket like Venus and Serena.”
Minaj stormed onto the stage for the third verse, much to the delight of her fans — there were plenty of Barbiez on-board — in a snake-print bodysuit and pink wig.
“Trash talk to them then I put them in a Hefty,” she rhymed. “Running down the court, I’m dunking on them Lisa Leslie.”
Along with the “Rip the Runway” performances, new designers’ spring and summer lines were presented.
BET’s “106 & Park” co-host Rocsi Diaz, Sean John model Miguel Perdomo and artist Amanda Diva were among those strutting down the catwalk.
Upstart MC B.o.B. a.k.a. [artist id="3218835"]Bobby Ray[/artist] performed his first single, “Nothin’ on You,” as the Tennille White Chicago line was showcased.
[artist id="710288"]Trina[/artist] was partnered with Haute Couture during her performance.
Newcomer [artist id="3483581"]Roscoe Dash[/artist] and [artist id="2814953"]Soulja Boy Tell’em[/artist] had the rowdiest performance of the night, hands down, with “All the Way Turnt Up.”
The song was paired with sporty clothing line Protege and featured a model in high heels frantically dribbling a basketball to the beat of the horn-laden number.
“We alll the waaaay turnt up,” Roscoe sang on the chorus as SB darted back and forth across the stage.
A solo turn by Nicki Minaj and performances by [artist id="2045922"]Janelle Monáe[/artist] and [artist id="1916698"]Estelle[/artist] featuring [artist id="1210186"]Kardinal Offishall[/artist] rounded out the proceedings.