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Luckiest Kid in the World Gets Nicki Minaj to Perform at Bar Mitzvah

Some bar mitzvah boys . Others skip the drama and just invite Nicki Minaj.

A New York City teen named Matt had the party of the century this weekend, when the singer, dressed in a black Herve Leger dress and Balmain cage sandals, showed up on stage to surprise his tweenage friends with a (hora-autotuned?) rendition of “Super Bass.”

It seems worth mentioning here that Nicki Minaj is essentially serving as the traditional hot assistant required of bar mitzvah DJs everywhere. That’s quite a career boost.

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Minaj posed for photos, signed autographs and imparted some life-lessons onto the newly-minted man and his friends. Addressing the boys in the room, “Reverend Nicki Minaj” (apparently she’s never heard of a rabbi) said, don’t “be a slouch or a bum.” Turning to the ladies, she added: “Never let a man have to take care of you. Do you understand me? Be your own woman. Be your own person. Do you understand me?”

Preach, Nicki. Mazel tov.

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