2 Chainz Takes Nicki Minaj to the Club in ‘I Luv Dem Strippers’ Video
"Like the little engine that could"
2 Chainz’ solo debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story hits stores tomorrow, but the omnipresent Southern rapper is spending money at the strip club like he’s already gone platinum. The predictably not-quite-SFW video for Nicki Minaj-assisted single “I Luv Dem Strippers” is directed by Benny Boom, who also directed the MTV Video Music Award-nominated clip for the pair’s previous collaboration, “Beez in the Trap.” Your enjoyment of these latest visuals will depend on how much you like seeing these two rap among strippers doing what strippers do, but the icily minimal trap-rap track feels like a winner, with one of Nicki’s fiercest verses in a while. Though her pop side might have the broadest appeal, she always goes hardest as an MC on tracks where she’s competing to out-macho the boys (remember “Roman’s Revenge”?). Here’s another reminder why, while hip-hop may still be man’s world, Minaj is, as she puts it, the “queen.” And like Jermaine Stewart, she doesn’t have to take her clothes off.