Nicki Minaj is hip-hop’s leading lady at the moment and the Young Money rapper proved she’s adept at handling that spotlight during her turn as co-host of BET’s “Rip the Runway.”
The femcee was joined by “The Game” actor Pooch Hall, and delivered her trademark sass both in rhyme and in jokes.
“Pooch, you haven’t even complimented me on my shoes yet,” Nicki said during the opening minutes, teasing the actor as the pair introduced the show, set to air Monday (March 15) on BET and Centric.
The Queens lyricist doubled as a performer also, joining Ludacris onstage for his hit “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 onstage for the third verse, much to the delight
of her fans — there were plenty of Barbiez onboard — in a snakeskin 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 and showcased throughout the broadcast.
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. Bobby Ray performed his first single, “Nothin’ on You,” as the Tennille White Chicago line was showcased.
Trina was partnered with Haute Couture during her performance and newcomer Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy Tell’em had the rowdiest performance of the night, hands down, with “All the Way Turnt Up.” The song was paired with sporty clothing line Protégé and featured a model in high heels frantically dribbling a basketball to the beat.
A solo turn by Minaj and performances by Janelle Monáe and Estelle featuring Kardinal Offishall (“Freak”) rounded out the festivities.