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Nicki Minaj tells fans to target Billboard writer for saying her tour is “cancelled”

The rapper insisted the tour behind her new album Queen has merely been postponed.

August 22, 2018

Nicki Minaj continued her unorthodox promo cycle for her new album Queen on Wednesday by ordering her fans to cyberbully a Billboard writer. The person wrote an article on the shifting dates of Nicki Minaj and Future's NICKIHNDRXX tour – while the European dates will go on as scheduled, it was announced that the North American dates will be shifted to May, without co-headliner Future.

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Minaj wrote on Instagram: "Barbz get me the name of this writer then hit them & tell them this is one black woman they will not bully into a corner by FRAUDULENT SHAMING TACTICS." She also said the writer was "in the running for #CockSuckaOfTheDay award on #QueenRadio."

Many publications went with the line that NICKIHNDRXX's North American tour had been cancelled presumably because HNDRXX a.k.a. Future is no longer on the dates. Minaj, however, thinks that editorial decision is spiteful. "My album was originally going to drop in June which would’ve given me 3 months of tour rehearsal," Minaj said on Instagram. "However, I was still writing & recording up to last week."

She added: "I can’t rehearse 4 WEEKS for a tour I originally planned on rehearsing 3 months for. I give my fans QUALITY. I write & co produce my own music. Therefore, I can’t rehearse while I’m WRITING & RECORDING my album."

"The narrative they are trying to create is disgusting," Minaj said near her post's end, adding "But I must say, I’m enjoying this." Read her letter in full below.

You are now in the running for #CockSuckaOfTheDay award on #QueenRadio this Thursday. Barbz get me the name of this writer then hit them & tell them this is one black woman they will not bully into a corner by FRAUDULENT SHAMING TACTICS. So to clarify; because I realize common sense is far from common... I haven’t CANCELLED anything. I reversed the order of the US & EUROPEAN LEGS of my tour. This is for obvious reasons to anyone with a brain. My album was originally going to drop in June which would’ve given me 3 months of tour rehearsal. However, I was still writing & recording up to last week. We are all grown right? We can all do math right? Or will they just pretend to not have basic sense so that they can board the Nicki Hate train & get some clicks? I can’t rehearse 4 WEEKS for a tour I originally planned on rehearsing 3 months for. I give my fans QUALITY. I write & co produce my own music. Therefore, I can’t rehearse while I’m WRITING & RECORDING my album. My true fans understand & know that I will deliver an extraordinary US TOUR which begins in MAY just like I delivered an extraordinary album entitled #Queen. My European fans get the SAME EXACT DATES they’ve always had. Australian fans SAME EXACT DATES they had. Cancelled what? Where? The narrative they are trying to create is disgusting. But I must say, I’m enjoying this. I love bringing some excitement to this shit. I love having the balls others only dream about. Wait, who’s been dreaming about balls? 🙈 There’s another publication I’m giving CSOTD award to. I won’t tell you who. It’s a surprise 😜 Shout out to my fans around the world. I love you guys so much for holding me down. I’m working on a M&G experience for the tour & will update you ASAP.

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Nicki Minaj has taken aim at Travis Scott and Spotify since her album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Albums Chart, behind Scott's Astroworld – Minaj claimed that Scott's merch bundles had artificially inflated his sales, despite the fact that all her merch comes with a copy of her album, an identical sales-boosting tactic. She went on to dub Scott "Hoe Nigga of the Week" on her Apple Music radio program Queen Radio.

Before the release of Queen, Minaj reportedly privately DM'd a string of insults to a journalist who had shared critical tweets about Minaj's musical direction. She later denied ever doing so.