Nicki Minaj Drops Fluorescent, Fashion-Forward ‘Chun-Li’ + ‘Barbie Tingz’ Videos
The future of Nicki Minaj is sexy, fluorescent and just as dangerous as you remember she could be.
The rapper, who dropped new singles "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz" on April 12, released the corresponding videos Friday (May 4), and both serve as proof-positive that Nicki pulls out all the stops when it comes to her visuals.
In "Chun-Li," Nicki cycles through avant garde looks that include light-bright finishes, sexy leather accents and hair that's straight from the song's Street Fighter inspiration. "Ay yo I been on, bitch you been con / Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on / I mean I been Storm, X-Men Benz foreign / He keep on dialing Nicki, like the Prince song," she spits.
And a similarly double-bunned Nicki continues to push the style boundaries in "Barbie Tingz," which finds her dolled-up — almost literally — in neon-tinted Candy Land couture. "Uh, I'm in my prime, Optimus / Sagittarius, so you know I'm an optimist / Man, keep it all real, I'm a prophetess (okay) / So at least you took an L off your bucket list (bucket list)," she fires across scenes that find her performing as a marionette doll, exacting Victorian-themed choreography and...swing dancing? Just when you think you've got her figured out...
In October, Nicki told The New York Times' T that fans should expect something completely new from her next chapter.
"This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy," she said. "It feels almost like a celebration. The last album, The Pinkprint, was almost like my diary, closing the chapter on certain things and not knowing if I was happy or sad about beginning new chapters. I was really writing about feeling unsure. Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.”
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