Is it fair to say that Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” is the female counterpoint to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”? The song samples heavily from the original track, while the video released this morning features scenes that reference Mix-A-Lot’s original lyrics, like Nicki dressed like ’80s workout-era Jane Fonda. Plus, there are more (jiggly, bouncing) round things in your face than I can actually count. Maybe there’s more to parse here, but well, I’m sprung.
Beyonce would be Beyonce if she didn’t randomly drop the hottest remix ever for her her song “Flawless” late on a Saturday night without any fanfare. After all, with Nicki Minaj guesting on the track and a direct reference to that whole elevator fight between husband Jay Z and sister Solange, who needs publicity? “Of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on the elevator,” Beyonce raps/sings (twice!) on the track, which features the addition of some seriously dope horns and Nicki’s biting rhymes. Mmkay, Bey. But my personal favorite line and my personal mantra henceforth is this: “You can say what you want, I’m the shit. I want everyone to feel like this.” YAS BEY YASSSS. [Flawless.Beyonce.com]
Last week, Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her new single “Anaconda,” featuring the rapper in a squat position with her large posterior aimed directly at viewers. The image was met with mostly support from fans and critics but some questioned if the image was “too racy.” In response to those criticisms, Minaj tweeted several Sports Illustrated photos with White swimsuit models in similar poses and the message “angelic” and “acceptable,” hinting at society’s racial bias that does not treat Black bodies with the same respect as White ones — a statement that was met with more controversy. Keep reading »
If you’ve got it, stick a piece of dental floss up it and then flaunt it, as they say!
I’ve always been a little meh on Nicki Minaj, but today the rapper dropped a ballad that is knocking my socks off. “Pills N Potion” is an uplifting, but not-even-remotely cheesy love song directed at her haters and will be featured on Nicki’s upcoming album The Pink Print. “Swearin’ on the Bible that they love you but they’re no different from all your rivals / but I don’t wish death on ‘em, I just reflect on ‘em,” Minaj raps on the pared-down track, giving fans a taste of what they can expect from her next effort. I LOVE it. Listen below! [Rolling Stone]
What happens when you take “Cups,” the song popularized by Anna Kendrick in “Pitch Perfect” (technically called “When I’m Gone”), and give it a dose of Nicki Minaj? Pure happiness, that’s what. [YouTube]