Club owner hits out at Nicki Minaj after rapper snubs $30,000 aftershow appearance

Matt Cislo says the rapper has given his club 'a bad rep'

A club owner has criticised Nicki Minaj for allegedly taking a $30,000 (£18,700) fee to attend an afterparty and then not showing up.

The ‘Starships’ rapper performed at the Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas on Sunday (July 29) and was supposedly booked to appear at an official afterparty at the Zouk nightclub. However, despite reportedly being paid for the appearance, the rapper decided not to attend.

Explaining her non-appearance, Minaj tweeted: “No after party tonight barbz. Shout out to the promoters who sold tickets under false pretences though.”


Minaj’s allegations have been denied by the club’s owner Matt Cislo, who told local station Channel 33 that the rapper had been paid in full and accused her of making him and his colleagues look unprofessional.

He said: “We looked at their promoter’s contracts, the wire transfer, we had seen everything; that’s why we went through with the show. From my understanding, she was outside, she had shown up, her security had done a walkthrough and she just decided not to come in.”

He continued: “As soon as everyone found out she wasn’t showing up on Twitter they were messaging us, text message, emails, you know, ‘Why are you putting on a fake show?’ Just gives us a bad rep.”

Nicki Minaj returns to the UK in October for a 10-date arena tour. The run of shows begins at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on October 21 and runs until November 7, when Minaj headlines Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. The tour also includes stops in Liverpool, Birmingham, London and Sheffield.

Nicki Minaj released her second album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ earlier this year and has just completed her debut UK tour.

Nicki Minaj will play:


Nottingham Capital FM Arena (October 21)
Manchester Arena (22, November 2)
Liverpool Echo Arena (24)
Newcastle Arena (25, 28)
Birmingham LG Arena (27)
London O2 Arena (30)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (November 3)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (7)

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