Nicki Minaj Is the Worst Fake Piano Player in ‘Up in Flames’ Video
Barbz tickles funny bone over ivories in new video
Nicki Minaj has shared a new video from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up, her November album that was actually a reissue of her April album. Ivory-tickling that only really succeeds in tickling the funny bone. Although the American Idol judge has taken a noticeably freakier tack of late — letting the Barbz out for her French Montana feature and getting steamy with Lil Wayne for “High School” — this new visual finds the Pink One scaling back the sex in favor of solemnity. Sort of.
The song is “Up in Flames” and the Grizz Lee-directed clip poses the rap game Barbie in various scenarios where she looks the most serious: in dark rooms, in the studio, in front of a piano, and in a church surrounded by candles, praying between lines about having a “dick” and flying around in a private jet. What was it that Jesus said? You cannot worship both God and weenie?
While the song is fine enough (especially that gospel-dripping Boi-1da beat) and those motorcycle stunts are pretty sweet, the video’s most comical moments come when Minaj is seated at that piano, pretending to tickle those ivories while wearing sunglasses indoors.