Watch: Nicki Minaj Rocks ‘SNL’ With ‘Chun Li’ & ‘Poke It Out’

Published: Saturday 19th May 2018 by Rashad

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Rebounding into the Hot 100’s top 20 this week thanks to its cinematic video, ‘Chun Li’ – one of two singles used to launch Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Queen’ era – may see itself spin back into the top 10 after the rapstress took to ‘SNL’ tonight to show off the cut to its first television audience.

Taking over the Tina Fey-hosted episode as musical guest, Minaj not only cranked out a Kung Fu-inspired live rendition of ‘Chun,’ but also called on Playboi Carti to help bring ‘Poke It Out’ to the live stage.

Keen to see how she fared on her fifth stop on the historic variety show?  Look inside:

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  1. Maurice Cassidy May 19, 2018

    Tragic performance.
    Her stage presence was really off and she kept needing to take a breath from those moves she was doing.

    • Fancy BISH May 20, 2018

      ✅ ✅ ✅ 💯

  2. Hmmm May 19, 2018

    so wait this is the crap the barbz get excited about? this was horrific!

    • Fancy BISH May 20, 2018

      lmao 🤣

  3. king z May 19, 2018

    just when i started liking that song this performance made me change my mind

  4. BardiGanggg May 19, 2018


  5. Brent Christopher May 19, 2018

    she was HORRIBLE on that second performance… like, really GOD AWFUL!

  6. Adele May 20, 2018

    The album gotta be garbage for her to not even perform one of her own songs but a feature from another artist. Lol she’s trash, throw her out!

    • Mr.StLaurent May 20, 2018

      And Chun-Li is what ? Her own song 😎

      • Faf May 20, 2018

        They mad as hell everyone is talking about it on social media

        Best rapper out male or female
        She didn’t have to open her legs and shake her ass TO perform #PERIOD

    • May 20, 2018

      shut the hell out your mom should have close her da-mn leg.

  7. God May 20, 2018

    Mary J. Blige did this look in the 90s. Lol. Late.

    • Faf May 20, 2018

      AND So did every black woman tia and tamera foxy brown etc

      What’s your point? Chun Li has been around for decades

      Ugly f***

  8. Jasmine May 20, 2018

    Ill pass. She lip synchs too much and has a lazy stage presence for me to enjoy the performances. Chun Li has all the makings of a possible hit but she made this fake live performance of it suck.

  9. Jj May 20, 2018

    I have no comment about poke it out, something was off about Chun Li performance. It looked like a mixture of nerves and trying to hard. This is her first high-profile perfomance in a while. You can tell it was a high production performance. She may have been better off without the theatrics. Just her, a mic, and a hype man.

  10. Dirtyalbz May 20, 2018

    This don’t has peaked. She needs to move on

    • Dirtyalbz May 20, 2018


      • Jeans May 20, 2018

        Lip syncing for life

  11. WRTW? May 20, 2018

    The Chun Li performance has its moments, but the performance with playboy Carti was cringe worthy and I’m a Nicki fan. She dissapoints performance wise but she does give it her best effort always.

  12. Caleb May 20, 2018

    This was very Mariah Carey 2017 New Year’s Eve bash.

    • Faf May 20, 2018

      Except she used her own voice and not a flop album to accompany it

      • Guest May 20, 2018

        But she…nevermind

      • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) May 20, 2018

        No she did not Faf. Please re-watch the video and you will see Nicki was lip-synching here. Sometimes she was too slow to hold the mic to her mouth so check it out. Her playback tracks has both studio and “live” rapping and Nicki was indeed lip-synching to it.

  13. Caleb May 20, 2018

    The second performance really wasn’t that bad.

  14. Meme May 20, 2018

    Girl you better fuking slay. Yassss

    • RollingInthe25DEEP May 20, 2018

      Girl nothing slayed. Stop lying to yourself.

  15. Gee May 20, 2018

    Nicki performances were stiff maybe it was her nerves or something because something was off she looked great though.

  16. Keith May 20, 2018

    Nothing about those performances or last week with Future suggest that she is a competent live act. One for listening to on wax only….

    • Caleb May 20, 2018

      She had improved tremendously and was really good circa 2015. Now she’s almost back to her first VMA pre-show performance in 2010. Maybe she just had an off-night.

  17. Yolanda May 20, 2018

    These performances are not Queen worthy, amateur at best. How you not rap “live” on Saturday Night LIVE? If your album is ready, how you not promote YOUR song? Why did her flow on Poke It Out sound like Safaree’s Hunnid? Why the crowd only get excited when she danced or showed skin?

    • WRTW? May 20, 2018

      Who is Safaree and what is hunnid

  18. Yolanda May 20, 2018

    I felt sorry for her when she stopped and said “stand right here” during that second song.

  19. Bravo!! May 20, 2018

    Dope Performances!!

  20. AnonymousTruth May 20, 2018

    Wow , I’m a huge Nicki Fan and even I’m disappointed , but I’m rarely ever thrilled by a Nicki performance tbh…. for me her best was her Billboard medley .
    Chun – Li was good in places , but she only rapped like 30% of the song .
    She should’ve at least rapped on top of the chorus the whole time. It was too lazy for a first performance, the way she dipped in an out of rapping along was so underwhelming. Hopefully on a performance where it’s not censored she can’t rap more of the song herself .

    Poke it out – I couldn’t even finish watching . Train wreck .

    • AnonymousTruth May 20, 2018

      She CAN*** rap more

  21. drixx May 20, 2018

    these comments are hilarious. ready to hate on how SHE performed HER song on HER SNL episode. she was great and the performance did the song justice.

    • S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. May 20, 2018

      @Drixx -. I agree. I love both performances and Chun-Li is my song!

  22. XYZ May 20, 2018

    So without the money that has been put into the stage and the dancers, this would have been nothing. She wasn’t good. She said how many words in Chun-Li? 20? The rest was the backing track. And her dance moves – they were OK, but nothing applaudable. All smoke and mirrors…

  23. Achooo! May 20, 2018

    As successful they are, you can always count on Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, & Mariah Carey to give mediocre performances. They are consistent and it’s sad that neither have no stage presence whatsoever. Cardi B might have wack lyrics but she can work that stage and have rhythm. I give Nicki an (F)

    • No name needed May 20, 2018

      Mariah Carey should be taken out of this. Why? Because the lady gave us years of great vocals until she started getting lazy with it. It’s not her fault most of you were not even born when she was slaying.

  24. NOBITCHASSNESS May 20, 2018

    I LOVED her Chun Li performance but not that Poke It Out one… just no Nic 🙁

  25. Cora May 20, 2018

    Like someone stated, Rihanna,Mariah & Niçki suck at live performing. These girls are lucky that their fame didn’t depend on it. Cardi sucks too &half of these comments are by haters that wanna see Nicki fail.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ May 20, 2018

      Mariah actually was amazing at one point. Do you not know music history? Nicki and Rihanna are just never was because their talent sucks. Mariah lost hers

      • Faf May 20, 2018

        Mariah was amazing when she was lipsynching and had 20 dancers to lift her up

        Now that she’s too heavy that’s fallen flat 🙁

      • SMH May 20, 2018

        LOL Mariah was never an “amazing” live performer.

    • Theman May 20, 2018

      You dummy Mariah is an awesome singer/songwriter. She isn’t a performer.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ May 20, 2018

        Mariah has a whole album”unplugged” of her JUST SINGING AND SLAYING. It included a number one live hit “i’ll Be there” and mesmorized the world with her amazing voice. It also went 5x’s platinum. Again y’all don’t know musical history.

  26. Cora May 20, 2018

    Stfu. When was Mariah amazing live. She’s always been goofy on stage & stiff. All of the ppl I’ve mentioned had decent performances on their best day & lots of off ones. If you look at real crooners & performers like Sam Cooke, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, James Brown, you’ll stop calling these basics amazing.

  27. TyX May 20, 2018

    Everything about Onika has been “OFF” this era. Is she on drugs? And her body looks disgusting ewww.

    • Yolanda May 20, 2018

      Nicki is still recovering from Shether. It’s not about selling records. Shether pulled the mask off Nicki and people just look at her differently. Nicki can’t sell the same product.

  28. S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. May 20, 2018

    I don’t give a f^ck what anyone says, she did that! Nicki can hold her own. Love this girl!

  29. Bare May 20, 2018

    She slayed, love the visuals

  30. Slicc Loskii May 20, 2018


  31. tesha May 20, 2018

    Def not her Best at ALL!!!! what is going on, were does she think she was in a auditorium ? i mean what was that? she barley did anything but was just ugh NO bueno!

  32. CX May 20, 2018

    I thought both performances were cute and unbothered. Nothing to prove, just looks and tunes to give the kingdom…

  33. ??? May 20, 2018

    lmao in other news, has corni sold 200k pure sales yet? Lmfaooooo 😂

  34. eric May 20, 2018

    So she gets a pass for cultural appropriation as though it’s only wrong when whites do it to us? Let Taylor Swift do a performance like this with her dancers dressed in dashikis and African jewelry… every social media platform known to man would crash under the weight of people calling her out.

    • stan May 20, 2018

      YUUUUUUUUPPPPPP. i’m frankly not surprised, though. these “woke” folks have double standards when the same things happen to groups other than their own.

  35. Gee May 20, 2018

    Let’s stop this pure sales nonsense because no one is really killing it on that front unless you are certain artists. Also let’s not forget about Nicki celebrating streams during the PP era she was one of the artists talking about how streams were the new wave. So let’s not make fun of streaming and who is selling now.

    • Yolanda May 20, 2018

      Streams mean more than pure sales anyway because it shows people are actually listening to your music. Do you know how many songs i purchased that i never listen to?

  36. DanYiel Iman May 20, 2018

    Having fake body parts would allow such a travesty to be brought to y’all on SNL!! Fraud FRAUD FRAUD!! 🐝 “Bzzz”🐝

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