UPDATE: 8/22/2018: Nicki Minaj has postponed her previously scheduled "NICKIHNDRXX" co-headlining tour with Future. She is rumored to be pushing it back into 2019.
Another rap power duo has announced a joint tour! Nicki Minaj and Future are among the pairings of J. Cole and Young Thug, Drake and Migos, and Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd to set dates for their upcoming trek. The NICKIHNDRXX Tour is set for fall 2018 with 28 North American dates that will take Minaj and Future to major cities.
The U.S. leg will kick off in Baltimore, Maryland on September 21 and will take the pair to cities like Detroit, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Seattle, and Los Angeles. It will wrap on November 24 in Las Vegas.
The tour will also feature a stop in Des Moines, Iowa with a solo show by Future in Water Works Park. Nicki Minaj will be a headliner at the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on September 1.
The Queen of Rap is touring in honor of her fourth upcoming album, Queen, which is set to be released on August 10. The follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint includes the hit singles “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li,” which fans can expect to hear at her live show.
Future’s most recent studio album was 2017’s Hndrxx, and it is unclear if another is in the works yet. The rapper has been working on new music for the Superfly soundtrack, which debuts on June 13. He was also featured on the soundtrack for Black Panther back in February.
Who Is Nicki Minaj?
Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to a gospel singing mother and alcoholic father. She moved to The Bronx, New York when she was five and auditioned to attend a visual and performing arts high school, where she studied drama. Minaj’s musical style is characterized by the presence of different personalities. The reason behind this has to do with her troublesome family. Minaj formed alter egos growing up to cope with her childhood, as she recalls with New York Magazine, "To get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a new person. 'Cookie' was my first identity—that stayed with me for a while. I went on to Harajuku Barbie, then Nicki Minaj. Fantasy was my reality."
Minaj admits that acting helped her develop her alter-ego style. She cites Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne, Leona Lewis, and Natasha Bedingfield as her musical influences. Her most popular alter-egos include "Roman Zolanski," who is an angry, homosexual male, "Martha Zolanski," who is Roman's mother and has a distinct British accent, "Barbie," who is supposed to be a very feminine and innocent girl, "Rosa," who she made up on The George Lopez Show and "Nicki," who is the regular accent girl. She says her alter-egos have their own individual styles and you have to listen for the accent to know who you're dealing with.
For example, in her collaboration with Eminem, a song called "Roman's Revenge," Minaj raps as Roman Zolanski and Eminem raps as his well-known alter-ego Slim Shady.
She first gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). She signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009 and released her first studio album, Pink Friday, in 2010. It peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
Early in her career, she was known for her colorful costumes and wigs.
Minaj admitted to The Guardian in 2012 that she regrets being turned into Nicki Minaj. "Somebody changed my name," she said. "One of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj and I fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me. I've always hated it."
Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's annual Hottest MC List. In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. She also became the female singer with the most Hot 100 hits in history when "No Frauds," "Regret in Your Tears" and "Changed It," all debuted on the chart in 2017. Aretha Franklin had held the spot for 40 years until Minaj overtook the Queen of Soul's total of 73 entries on the chart.
Throughout her career, which spans three studio albums (Pink Friday (2010), Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), The Pinkprint (2014)), Minaj has won six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award, and a Grammy Award. Minaj has sold 20 million singles as a lead artist, 60 million singles as a featured artist, and over five million albums worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists.
Who Is Future?
Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn was born in Atlanta, Georgia of Haitian parents. His name is now changed legally from Nayvadius Wilburn to Nayvadius Cash. The change was made when Future was running the streets so that the police would be pinning any crimes they thought he'd committed to the wrong name.
His stage name came about after members of the musical collective The Dungeon Family called him "The Future." His first cousin is producer Rico Wade of the Dungeon Family, a collective that has produced hits for such groups as OutKast and Goodie Mob. Wade was able to provide the support for Future in his early days.
In 2011, Future had his first break into mainstream success when he wrote and sung the chorus of Yung Chris’s “Racks.” He signed to a major record label later that same year under his original rap name, Meathead aka The Future. He only kept the “Future” part after he signed the deal. He formed his own label, Freebandz, and released his debut album, Pluto, in 2012 to positive reviews.
He released his second album, Honest, in 2014, which did better than his first. Between late 2014 and early 2015, he released a trio of mixtapes to critical praise: Monster (2014), Beast Mode (2015), and 56 Nights (2015). His next releases, DS2 (2015), What a Time to Be Alive (2015, in collaboration with Drake), Evol (2016), Future (2017) and Hndrxx (2017), all debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Future and Hndrxx made him the first artist since 1968 to debut two albums at number one consecutively. Future has several singles that are certified gold or higher, including "Turn On the Lights", "Move That Dope", "Fuck Up Some Commas", "Where Ya At", "Jumpman", "Low Life" and "Mask Off".