It surely has been a busy couple of months for Onika. In preparation for the release of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, female rapper-turned-pop icon Nicki Minaj has been all over the media for her recent singles, features/remixes, record-setting feats, and controversies.
Now, Young Money‘s leading lady has stirred up the music industry once again with the release of her latest single “Anaconda”. With huge interpolations of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s timeless jam “Baby Got Back”, “Anaconda” is exactly what you think it is: a raunchy and explicit journey into the deepest parts of Nicki’s sexual being. With verses consisting of self-praise for her physical assets, materialistic relationships with men, and a rant about “skinny bitches”, Nicki’s latest was assumed to be the controversial single designated to push her forthcoming project.
And, if anyone doubted that, take a look at the song’s video.
After weeks of teases, Nicki finally released the video for “Anaconda” today. The clip, directed by Colin Tilley, is a high-action twerkfest packed to the brim with curves, body oil, and special effects. Nicki and her crew shakes, jiggles, pops, and even does a little choreographed dancing before serenading fellow Young Money artist Drake. Watch the video below.
The Listening would like to know what your thoughts are on this topic. Has Nicki Minaj done enough to reclaim her throne as the number one female rapper? Will her album share the same success as her singles and previous projects? Is she relying to heavily on sex appeal to promote her art? What social effects does she have on her listeners? How can her approach be seen as feministic and uplifting? If you could ask Nicki one question, what would be? Feel free to answer these questions and more in the comments section. We are Listening.