After what happened last year, fan safety should be at the forefront of these artists' minds when doing anything remotely involving any sort of crowd, particularly one that's known to be as wild as this one.
Leaving it up to the damn Met police (who should be actually, like, dealing with other shit) and whatever underpaid security Koko have, on one of the hottest days of the year when the fans are dehydrated and full of adrenaline, is a recipe for it to be a fucking disaster.
She's fully aware these videos will do the rounds online solidifying her as The Queen Of Rap Y'all!!! She Shut It Down Wherever She Goes!!! but at the potential expense of the safety of all these Barbz packing the streets.
I think it was a perfect storm of factors today to be honest (not to mention the fact that it’s Nicki too…)
The long and short of it is that the venue wasn’t suitable. It wasn’t even planned to be in the Koko venue, it was in the bar attached to it. Koko have had a gig booked in for tonight for ages. The bar next door a capacity of less than 150. She was always going to attract a bigger turnout than what could fit. In fact, she alluded to as much on her (deleted) Story from earlier today where she said “ I don't want to use the small cafe tho. We'd only be able to use the bigger space that they told me fits a lot of ppl yesterday”. Whoever signed off on Cafe Koko as the venue is at fault here.
She announced it late last night which gave plenty of people time to make travel plans. That’s probably a good thing to do when it’s going to be early in the day and in a suitable size venue. When she then moved it to later in the day, it meant more and more people were able to travel to join the queue and think they would get to see her. We won’t even get into her being so late.
The definition of a “meet and greet” probably didn’t help either. Nicki herself backtracked on this earlier today saying she just wanted to “chat & take group pics w/da barbz for like an hour or so”. It sounds like she wanted to make this an intimate thing for her hardcore fans rather than a big public event.
And obviously, the weather. Hottest day of the year. People standing all day to get a glimpse of her.
I think had they arranged this with a more suitable venue - even opening up a gig venue or theatre for the day - could’ve made it a special day for Nicki fans but a mixture of underestimation, lack of organisation and a poor venue choice made it what it was.