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Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” video will finally see the light of day. The rapper, currently embarking on an overseas promotional run, announced that the visual depiction of the official lead single off Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will be released this week. “It’s officially done today,” Minaj told the U.K.’s KISS FM. “We just gotta turn it in and then the network will look and see if they have to take anything out,” she explained.

Minaj’s videos have come under fire before. Last year BET banned her “Stupid H*e” video over explicit content, a move which the 29-year-old has become all too familiar with. “They give me such a hard time with my videos. They really do…but hopefully Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest.”

Over the last week, the Young Money Barbie has been throwing the media for a loop. First she canceled her Twitter account at the suggestion of a voice in her head, then—after pondering her return to the social networking site—Minaj hinted at a possible retirement. Surely playing with the emotions of her legions of Barbies will do little for her album sales which have fallen short of expectations. Upon its release “Starships” garnered criticism for its heavy pop influence, and the Queens MC was quick to assure everyone that she’s far from making rookie mistakes.  “I would hope that people know at this point that I’m smart enough to know what I’m doing all the time.” She told Funkmaster Flex. “But I guess they still kind of waiver.”

Helmed by Anthony Mandler, Minaj promises that “Starships” —which features her in a bikini rolling in the sands of Hawaii—will not disappoint, telling Capital FM last month that it will be her “best one yet.”


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