All. Hail. Queen Nicki. The unstoppable rap maverick is gracing the Fall 2018 issue of Wonderland (pre-order your copy now), and so what better time to revisit the thumping back catalogue of some of her most vibrant, arresting visuals…
WONDERLIST: NICKI MINAJ SPECIAL
The Wonderland cover star is getting serious air time on this week’s music playlist.
“Can somebody please tell him who the F I is?” Yes, Nicki. Tell them. Released in 2011, who can can forget the fifth single released from the New York rapper’s debut album, Pink Friday – and the following weeks where pretty much everyone (music industry and IRL, included) took to memorising the catchy lyrics. Hair like Neapolitan ice-cream, a huge ice-sculpture motorcycle, a syrupy strawberry milkshake pool fight, and just tons of abs.
“Pound The Alarm”
Think back to the summer of 2012. The likelihood is that your memories are pretty much inextricable from the endlessly fun, trance-packed sound waves of Nicki’s body-moving “Pound The Alarm.” And the visuals only serve to confirm the fact that a night out with Minaj would be a solid 100 out of 10 for fun. Fireworks. Feathers. Stage-crashing carnival antics.
“Moment 4 Life”
We’ve probably all at some point or another wished that our fairy godmother would swoop down and gift us dazzling 6-inch heels to wear to the ball. And in the visuals for Nicki’s “Moment 4 Life,” the Trinidad star gets to be her own fairy godmother, confirming that no-one except for Nicki has been accountable for making her dreams come true. “No I’m not lucky, I’m blessed.” Yesss.
Welcome to the jungle. Who can forget the wilderness-set visuals that propelled a booty-shaking Nicki to household name fame. A thumping innuendo-packed video, involving cream-spurting, bananas turning on a vinyl, and that infamous dance-tease featuring Drake. And of course, soundtracked by a foliage-writhing Nicki and her tongue-in-cheek spit.
Real retro heads will recognise Chun-Li as a character from Capcom’s Street Fighter series – most notably, the first female fighter of any fighting game, first striking out on screens in the 90s. So obviously she kicks-ass. And who better to adopt her name as an alter-ego than Queen Nicki herself. The visuals for the pounding track open with a black and white cinematic intro, then plunging the viewer into a neon universe, complete with leather corsets, samples of gongs and dance/martial arts sequences. K.O.