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After releasing several behind-the-scenes clips, teasers and photos to her “Pint Print” single “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj finally released the full video in the wee hours of the night. And, to say that it’s a**tastic would be an understatement. The clip features Nicki and her voluptuously blessed dancers twerking for their lives with Nicki patting their cakes as they jiggle. Drake also makes a brief cameo towards the end of the video as Nicki gives him a sexy lap dance –he’s practically salivating after she’s done. The “Pink Print” rapper has been having a good run for the past few weeks with the release of this video, the “Flawless” remix with Beyonce and a commercial for “Beats By Dre.” “Anaconda” is a far cry from the soft “Pill ‘N’ Potions,” but we can always expect Nicki to give us the unexpected.

While I’m certainly here for Nicki embracing her curves and others–she handpicked each dancer for the video– I’m confused about what image she wants to push. One minute, she’s fresh-faced and vulnerable on the cover of “Elle,” talking in the interview about being a Black businesswoman and the next, she’s squatting on a single cover art image. It’s not like Nicki is an up-and-coming rapper trying to do everything she can to get on. She visited Ellen to promote her own fragrance, she sat next to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on “Live With Kelly And Michael.” Plus, she actually knows how to rap. I don’t think this video is what she needs to garner attention.

And, for those who think of the gesture as empowering, please stop. Handpicking women with various shapes and sizes to show off in your video is noble. But, slapping them on the behind once they’re in it, cuts that empowerment talk all out. Nicki needs to talk to Gabi Fresh if she really wants to learn about promoting beautiful female images. The “Pink Print” rapper is free to do anything she wants to keep her own image out there, but I think at this point, she can challenge herself to think outside-of-the-box. Squatting and baring your behind doesn’t prove how real you are to your “hip-hop roots.” Rapping does.

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