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Nicki Minaj just put the hump in hump day. The rapper, 31, put her best assets on full display when she released her wild new NSFW “Anaconda” music video at midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
The single takes inspiration from Sir Mix-a-Lot‘s 1992 classic “Baby Got Back,” specifically riffing off of his line, “My anaconda don’t want none / Unless you’ve got buns, hun.” Minaj echoed the booty theme in the lyrics to “Anaconda” — and in a big, big way in the new music video.
The raunchy clip opens with a shot of a scantily clad Minaj in the jungle, surrounded by buxom women. Footage of booty-shaking then kicks off the video over the original audio of Sir Mix-a-Lot rapping. See more over the top pics of Nicki’s video here.
Sir Mix-a-Lot, 51, recently called the sample “good stuff,” adding to VladTV that the “Anaconda” video is the “new and improved version” of his own “Baby Got Back” video.
While Mix’s video was famously full of backsides, Minaj stepped up to the challenge, offering nearly five minutes of twerking goodness. Minaj’s dance partners in the “Anaconda” video are largely women, but she mixes it up toward the end of the clip when Drake enters a scene to receive a lap dance from the female rapper.
“Anaconda” is the latest cut off of Minaj’s upcoming third album The Pinkprint. The project was led by the track “Pills n Potions” and is expected to hit stores later this year.
“Sonically I think the album sounds so amazing,” Minaj told 97.1 AMP Radio of The Pink Print. “There are so many surprises on the album. I had Drake come by the studio the other day and he was like ‘Oh my god, you’re talking about new stuff, I’m so proud of you.’ And that’s what I’m most excited about. I’m speaking about new things on this album. I’m excited I’m not allowing anyone else to define what the album is going to be.”
Watch the “Anaconda” video above — warning: fairly explicit content.
Chuck Liddell is in the music video for “Small Town Throwdown” by country musicians Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.* I’d like to talk to you about this video as well as country music in general. First, the video. It opens with the three country singers shooting guns at three bottles. After the first two fellas miss their targets, the third guy hits all three with the smallest gun. It’s a metaphor for America. I’m sure of it.
After shooting their three targets, the young, rich white guys decide they need to get their party going. So Brantley proceeds to have the greatest text message exchange in history with a hot lady.
That’s all this girl needed to be convinced to skip work. That’s it. YOLO, written out in full. Sorry Stuffy Event in the City, but you’re not going to have any bartenders tonight. Can you blame the ladies? Just look at that picture. Dude is blinged out with more trinkets than Mystery the pick-up artist. But wait… have you seen his microphone? That’s right – BRASS KNUCKLE MICROPHONE. This guy covers himself in more goofy shit than a TGI Friday’s. And his friends wear skinny jeans. That’s country.
Now to the part where Bekka calls in to work.
First of all, she waited nearly 3 hours before texting. That’s a dick move, but more importantly, can you imagine calling in to work like that? Why wouldn’t you text your shitty non-excuse immediately. This girl is never going to work another stuffy event in the city again. Oh, and that’s Chuck Liddell. Later in the video, they will refer to him as “Chuck” so presumably, he is playing himself. Chuck Liddell is hosting a stuffy event in the city. Chuck Liddell does not seem like the type to host a stuffy event in the city, but maybe someone asked him and he said, “you only live once.”
So two hours later, Chuck Liddell’s SUV pulls up to the end of this dirt road where the party is taking place. How does he know where to go? No clue. Who is left hosting the stuffy event in the city? No clue. Not that this matters. Now Chuck has to deal with the country party’s crack security staff. Yup. An unknown SUV pulls up to a gathering with contentious people inside and they send a text. And we have now seen Brantley Gilbert text while driving and performing a concert.
When Chuck Liddell and the three country musicians meet, Chuck explains that they ruined his event. You know, his stuffy event in the city. The one he is currently skipping to confront gun owners in the middle of nowhere. At this point, Justin Moore, a 5’7″ man in a cowboy hat with a denim shirt tucked into skinny jeans, punches the former UFC light heavyweight champion in the face. Having spent years suffering brain trauma, this calms Liddell and he joins the party. He even dances…
As for the stuffy event in the city, it has been rescheduled for a shitty non-country day like “Monday.” (They discussed Sunday, but that is a day for prayin’.) And now…
I’ve been listening to country music lately. Pitch Perfect is no longer my top guilty pleasure. Blame my brother. He wore khakis and listened to classic rock through high school, then went away to college and somehow came back head-to-toe in camouflage, listening to country music. How you leave our small town in Mid Southern Upstate New York and come back more country, I don’t know, but here we are.
Over the last couple years that music has slowly crept into my life. At first I resisted, but I eventually started to like it. Like everything these days, it started ironically. It was just all so stupid. The first song that really broke through was Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried.” I enjoyed it like a bad action movie. It was so stupid and on the nose and perfect. Here’s how it starts:
You know I like my chicken fried
And cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio on
Dude. I fucking love that shit. The thing about jeans is a bit odd, but still, you can’t really argue with jeans that fit correctly. And the song goes on like a checklist of country music tropes. In the third verse, out of nowhere, he salutes the troops. In a song about fried chicken and beer. It’s really amazing. What’s not to love about country music? It’s got everything.
America!? Reliable pickup trucks? Not needing material things to be happy? Drinking on a plane? Being super tough? Affordable and disposable party drinkware? Chewing tobacco? Supporting the troops? Drinking beer with Jesus? (I still can’t believe this is real) Chilling? Friday nights? Squirrels water skiing? The Internet and the cast of Seinfeld? College football?
If you’ve got a problem with any of the things on that list you can GET THE HELL OUT OF AMERICA! Just look at those things. I’ts like an SEC tailgate checklist. Parks Recreation nailed it. Chipp McCapp was perfect. That’s all country music is – pandering to a catchy beat. The music panders so hard you can’t help but nod along. (“I once rode in a pickup truck and later enjoyed a beer whilst appreciating a beautiful woman!”) You take something common people love – America, beer, girls, having the day off – strum your guitar in an agreeable way and you’ve got a great country song.
I’m not the first person to be attracted by the siren song of country either. Nelly, Ludacris, Pitbull, Hootie, and Aaron Lewis have all been lured to the dark side. However, I may be the only person on the Internet who started listening to modern country pop.
Take this new video from very tiny person Ariana Grande (She’s approximately 9/10ths of a Justin Moore) that hit YouTube last week. It takes place in space and features rocket breasts destroying a robot. It still makes more sense than the “Small Town Throwdown” video. And it has twenty-times as many views. Country fans are not on the Internet. Nicki Minaj has 13 videos more popular than Florida Georgia Line‘s most popular video and 15 videos more popular than Blake Shelton‘s most popular video. Taylor Swift, of course, is the exception to the rule.
Odds are, country music fans have no idea that their favorite artists are even making music videos. And that is a horrible shame because that means they have never seen Brantley Gilbert – or Chuck Liddell or Kate Upton or Blake Shelton – try to act. It’s an amazing thing and it’s on the Internet. When they get wireless in the sticks they should really check it out. Wait, that’s a great idea for a song.
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[*Editor's note: We contemplated adding an Oxford comma here, then realized that this is a post about America.]
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Online music videos will carry an age classification from October as part of a pilot scheme by YouTube, music video service Vevo and the British Board of Classification to protect children from “graphic content”, David Cameron has announced.
In a speech to the Relationships Alliance on Monday, the prime minister said the rules for online videos should be brought into line with content bought offline as he admitted that he had banned his own children from viewing some videos.
Cameron said: “Helping families with children and parenting shouldn’t stop at childbirth. To take just one example – bringing up children in an internet age, you are endlessly worried about what they are going to find online. So we’ve taken a big stand on protecting our children online. We’re making family friendly filters the default setting for all new online customers, and we’re forcing existing customers to make an active choice about whether to install them.
“And today we’re going even further. From October, we’re going to help parents protect their children from some of the graphic content in online music videos by working with the British Board of Film Classification, Vevo and YouTube to pilot the age rating of these videos.”
The prime minister said that the internet should not be exempt from the rules of society. He said: “We shouldn’t cede the internet as some sort of lawless space where the normal rules of life shouldn’t apply. So, in as far as it is possible, we should try to make sure that the rules that exist offline exist online. So if you want to go and buy a music video offline there are age restrictions on it. We should try and recreate that system on the internet.”
Cameron said he has blocked his children from watching some content online. He said: “As for my own children I am sure there are times when they have been disappointed because they haven’t been able to do something or see something. But that is part of what being a parent is about – being able to deploy the use of the word no and sometimes even to deploy the off switch on the television, unpopular as that can sometimes be, and sometimes ineffectual because they find another screen somewhere to switch on.”
Aug 15, 2014 10:59 AM EDT
Chris Brown has ignited a “New Flame,” and no, it’s not a new girlfriend or scandal… it’s a brand new music video. Last night (Aug. 14), the controversial RB singer dropped his latest clip for his X single “New Flame,” and it’s a classy, classic video full of beautiful women, lavish surroundings and a fire or two.
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The video begins with a gratuitous shot of a Beats by Dre Pill boombox, with a bikini clad woman listening to the new Brown single with the device. But that’s not all the product placement! There’s also a skillfully shot frame with Zing Vodka at the start of the clip, because you have to fund music videos somehow.
Mini-commerical aside, “New Flame” has no real concept to it, beyond Brown, Usher and Rick Ross hanging out together, wearing white and singing about a newfound love.
There’s Brown, standing by an all-white pool, in white himself, looking hopefully at the camera, hoping to entice his woman. There’s Usher, in front of a giant flaming “X” (get it?!), matching Brown’s tone and musical efforts perfectly. And there’s Ross, surrounding by women and shirtless himself on a throne, rapping the day away.
It’s a simplistic clip for the simple love song, and it’s all just very pretty. Shady past aside, there’s no denying Brown can write a killer ballad, and this music video compliments “New Flame” perfectly.
Watch the music video below:
“New Flame” is the latest single from Chris Brown’s forthcoming album, X, which will be released on Sept. 16.
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