Nicki Minaj releases "Anaconda"
An Anaconda is a large, non-venomous snake typically found in tropical South America. It also happens to be the name of Nick Minaj's latest single, which is an ode to her … well-rounded posterior.
Laugh if you want to (or must), but "Anaconda" is built around the beat from the 1992 Sir Mix-A-Lot classic "Baby Got Back." The key artwork released with the single (which rolled out August 4th) also features Minaj's famously shaped derriere. And in the song, she raps proudly about her assets with lyrics like, "I got a big, fat a--/--k you if you skinny."
The racy image Minage tweeted out managed to shock some (but not most of) her fans, and drew a response from the Mix himself. He responded to her, "Great job on the track. Your work ethic is impressive. Make your money Hot Mama!" The video, meanwhile, features Minaj twerking through an (Amazonian?) rain forest.
"Anaconda" is not the only song this year to talk about the body's rump. On February 12, a video for the song "Lookin Ass" from her third studio album "The Pink Print" was released. The project's lead single, meanwhile, was revealed to be titled "Pills N Potions" on May 18, 2014. It was released three days later, with the video rolling out on June 10th. On June 29, Minaj took home Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards for the fifth consecutive year. The win helped Minaj tie Missy Elliot for most wins in the category.
The flair and fashion of Nicki Minaj (November 20, 2012)
Social media has morphed talented musicians into superstars, and Nicki Minaj is not exception. Discovered thanks to her MySpace profile, the woman often clad in brightly colored and outlandish wigs and outfits built her career through mixtapes and collaborations with high-profile artists like T.I. and Lil Wayne. Still, the Trinidadian-born rapper has a style and personality all her own.
With a background in performing arts and a spot on the Young Money record label, Minaj rose to fame with the release of her debut album, "Pink Friday," in November 2010. It quickly ascended the Billboard 200, hit the top spot on the charts and was the catalyst for Minaj having seven singles on the Hot 100 at the same time. The sophomore follow-up, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" bowed in April 2012 and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.
Minaj has not only crisscrossed the globe in support of her albums, she has done so with a flair for fashion. Her colorful costumes and cosmetics are a recognized part of her persona, and she cites Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin as two of her favorite designers. Minaj, however, has stated in various interviews she makes a conscious decision to 'tone down the sexiness' so it won't send the wrong message to young girls.
Recognized for an animated rapping style, her use of alter egos and comic accents, Minaj has done TV and voice work, including for the 2012 movie "Ice Age: Continental Drift." She is currently serving as a judge for the 12th season of FOX stalwart "American Idol" alongside Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson.
Nicki Minaj Announces 'The Pinkprint' Tour
Love her or hate her, over the last few years Nicki Minaj has proven herself to be a staying force in the rap game, rather than just a big-bootied flash-in-the-pan. And her latest album, 2014's The Pinkprint, is being hailed as some of the rapper's finest work. To celebrate, the Queens-bred musician is hitting the…Read more
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