Nicki Minaj - "Starships" Video

In the time since it first debuted, I’ve gone from absolutely despising Nicki Minaj’s craven cheeseball dance-rap single “Starships” to kind of liking it, which means I’ll probably love it before the summer is out; these things always seem to work out that way. I’m not sure I can say the same thing about the brand-new “Starships” video, though. Director Anthony Mandler shot the clip in Oahu, and it’s a furiously goofy affair with an alien Nicki beaming down to have a beach-rave with fire-dancers and assorted Eurotrashy types. The end result may be more deeply silly than the song’s Vengaboys sample source, and it puts Nicki’s theater-kid past on bold display. Watch it below.

Nicki’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is out now on Young Money and available at eMusic. Its first six songs or so remain absolutely essential.

Comments (16)
  1. Raunchy softcore is always embarrassing… I’d feel sorry for her, but I really don’t. She’s lame.

  2. one of the worst songs I’ve heard in a very long time. hands down.

  3. “i ain’t paying my rent this month”?! bull shit.

  4. I hate myself in advance for dancing to this in the club.

  5. This is basically the Beez in tha Trap video, but on a beach. And minus 2 Chainz. I’m cool with the minus 2 Chainz part.

  6. This is just laughably bad, and to think that Kanye West said she has the potential to be the second best rapper ever! That’s even funnier than his assertion that Eminem is number one. I really need to start watching her videos on mute as my pathological need to see that body (dayum!) in different coloured outfits is starting to make my eardrums bleed.

  7. The first 2 minutes of this was like the end of the windowlicker video minus the irony.

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