After releasing several behind-the-scenes clips, teasers and photos to her “Pint Print” single “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj finally released the full video in the wee hours of the night. And, to say that it’s a**tastic would be an understatement. The clip features Nicki and her voluptuously blessed dancers twerking for their lives with Nicki patting their cakes as they jiggle. Drake also makes a brief cameo towards the end of the video as Nicki gives him a sexy lap dance –he’s practically salivating after she’s done. The “Pink Print” rapper has been having a good run for the past few weeks with the release of this video, the “Flawless” remix with Beyonce and a commercial for “Beats By Dre.” “Anaconda” is a far cry from the soft “Pill ‘N’ Potions,” but we can always expect Nicki to give us the unexpected.
While I’m certainly here for Nicki embracing her curves and others–she handpicked each dancer for the video— I’m confused about what image she wants to push. One minute, she’s fresh-faced and vulnerable on the cover of “Elle,” talking in the interview about being a Black businesswoman and the next, she’s squatting on a single cover art image. It’s not like Nicki is an up-and-coming rapper trying to do everything she can to get on. She visited Ellen to promote her own fragrance, she sat next to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on “Live With Kelly And Michael.” Plus, she actually knows how to rap. I don’t think this video is what she needs to garner attention.
And, for those who think of the gesture as empowering, please stop. Handpicking women with various shapes and sizes to show off in your video is noble. But, slapping them on the behind once they’re in it, cuts that empowerment talk all out. Nicki needs to talk to Gabi Fresh if she really wants to learn about promoting beautiful female images. The “Pink Print” rapper is free to do anything she wants to keep her own image out there, but I think at this point, she can challenge herself to think outside-of-the-box. Squatting and baring your behind doesn’t prove how real you are to your “hip-hop roots.” Rapping does.
1. Nicki Minaj Covers Fader Magazine
Meet the real Nicki Minaj! The "Pink print" rapper covers the Fall Fashion issue of Fader Magazine and reveals details about herself we've never heard before (and did we mention how great she looks?!). From her emotional response to questions about her family to her relationship with rumored husband Safaree, Nicki was an open book. Scroll through this gallery for her most insightful quotes...
2. She's Evolved As A Business Woman
“I think early on in my career, I was… I was… just a little bit crazy. I took everything personally. That’s just not good, and it’s not healthy.” “I think one of my best attributes now, as a businesswoman and an artist and a professional person, is being able to think before I speak,” she adds. “I’ve learned that everything I think doesn’t necessarily need to be stated.”
3. She Stresses The Importance Of Females Writing Their Own Rhymes
“My point of saying what I said was that women need to have a perspective" “If we’re out here saying that we’re so confident, and we’re so this and so that, but we don’t even trust ourselves to write down our own thoughts and spit it on a beat?” “It just doesn’t add up.” “I knew those were Lauryn’s words ["The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"], and it made me fall in love with mind."
4. She Thinks The Business Kills People
“I was making a point to say that the business kills so many people and we don’t even realize it,” she says. “I can only imagine how many people in this business have died because they may not have wanted to… to be embarrassed publicly. We care so much about what the world thinks that we don’t live, really.” But what had happened to her? Had she fainted or had a panic attack? “I don’t even want to talk about it,”
5. She Prefers The LA Atmosphere
“LA makes me feel good inside,” she says. “New York is too cold, too rainy, too compact. I ain’t got time for all of that, child.”
6. She Likes To Keep Her Private Life, Private!
"Asked if she’s always taken pains to keep private, Nicki brusquely offers, 'Yup.' I mention that there are new tabloid rumors that she and Samuels were recently engaged, and she stares straight ahead for several moments, expressionless, as though she’s trying to will the question away."
7. She Was Afraid To Go Mainstream
“I remember when I started doing mainstream stuff,” she says, “and I was like, ‘Oh my god, are they gonna like me, or are they not gonna like me?’ At the beginning, I was very nervous.” “I felt like my pop music made me have to retell my story. My credibility as an MC—I never thought I would have to explain that,” she says. “I thought it was so evident that I belonged here [in hip-hop].”
8. She Cries When Talking About Her Family
"Her younger brother was just a child when she signed with Young Money and left her mom’s home. 'One day he asked my mother, Do you ever think there’ll come a time we all live in the same house again, and Onika will be back and she’ll have her room, and I’ll have my room?' 'And it just broke my heart. “I don’t want to get emotional,” she says, “I just miss them. Every time I talk about them, I get emotional.'"
9. Hip-Hop Needs Her
“Looking back now, I love that I was pushed to reinvent myself,” she says, “because when I sit back and I really look, I need hip-hop, and hip-hop needs me.”
10. She's Confident
"Occasionally, Nicki says, fans will remind her of a freestyle she did long ago, and she’ll revisit her early material. “And when I look back, I go, ‘Damn, I was kinda good!’"
11. She Looks Up To Lil Wayne As A King
“But I don’t think I’ll ever feel like he’s my peer because of how much he’s done for me. I’ll always think of him like…a king.” “I give Wayne credit because he saw me and pretty much picked me out of a lineup, and he knew enough to run with Drake as well,” she continues. “From early on, he was so generous with helping with helping younger artists, and it paid off well for him.”
12. Her Fans Keep Her Grounded
"For my diehard fans from five or six years ago,” she says. “But it’s hard. No matter what, you kind of need the people who know you from the mainstream to fill those venues.” Nicki considered scaling down the venues, but “then my fans reminded me, ‘We can’t all fit in the club! We’re going to be heartbroken. We’re going to be fighting."
13. She Doesn't Plan On Stopping Anytime Soon!
When asked if she’s ever considered dialing back on any of the extracurriculars, Nicki is firm. “Helllllll no,” she says. “I’ve done things where people are like, ‘Uhhhh,’” she says. “But every time I do a business venture or something that isn’t the norm for a female rapper, I pat myself on the back. It’s important that corporate America can see a young black woman being able to sell things outside of music.”