In this week’s Music Video Evolution segment, Billboard is taking a look back at the music videos Nicki Minaj. From pastel and neon explosions color to twerk-tastic ferings, here is a deep dive into every music video she has released to date.
The retrospective begins with “Massive Attack,” Nicki’s 2010 collaboration with Sean Garrett. The Hype Williams-directed video, set in both a desert and a jungle, co-starred Amber Rose who drove around with the rapper in a pink Lamborghini. That same year, Minaj’s Annie Lennox-infused track “Your Love” was accompanied by a video featuring a visually stunning tragic love story. Minaj’s will.i.am collab “Check It Out” followed, as did “Right Thru Me” and her team up with Drake, “Moment 4 Life.”
In 2011, Minaj dropped the dazzlingly neon “Super Bass," which featured a troupe Nicki lookalikes dancing behind her, while “Did It On Em” captured her on tour and “Fly” saw her join forces with Rihanna as the pair showed f gorgeous outfits as they stood atop a post-apocalyptic backdrop.
“Stupid Hoe” was released in 2012, featuring a leopard that shape-shifts into Nicki Minaj, and was followed by “Beez In the Trap,” “Starships” and “Pound the Alarm,” which was filmed in Trinidad and captured a huge carnival-esque party, complete with colorful feathers and sequins.
“High School” and “Up In Flames” came out the following year, while “Anaconda,” the rapper's iconic revamp Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” made fans around the globe want to twerk like Nicki. The year 2014 was also a big one, as Nicki dropped more star-studded collabs, including when she joined forces with Ariana Grande and Jessie J for “Bang Bang” and “Only,” her track with Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.
“The Crying Game,” “Grand Piano” and “Feeling Myself” (featuring Beyonce) marked some Minaj’s 2015 music video moments, while 2017 saw her straddling a unicorn-shaped pool float as Gucci Mane partied poolside in “Make Love.” “No Frauds” and “Regret In Your Tears” followed, as did Nicki’s track with Migos and Cardi B, “MotorSport.”
That brings Nicki Minaj’s music video evolution to 2018, during which Nicki simultaneously released “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li,” followed by her latest collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Bed.”
You can watch all these videos, and many more, below.