Despite the recently announced delay, Nicki Minaj may be poised for a perfect 2012. Already gearing up for a world tour, Nicki has been dropping bombs on fans for weeks now—first by releasing dates and cities for her international tour, which includes stops in London, Paris and Tokyo. The Harajuku Barbie also announced she would take the stage next month at the 2012 GRAMMY Awards and is fueling rumors of a Super Bowl showdown with Madonna.
Last week, Minaj debuted the video for “Stupid Hoe” the first single from her highly anticipated sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The Hype Williams-directed video features Nicki in over-the-top hair and make-up, and Williams’ signature stampede of vibrant colors and visuals, like Nicki in a cage, eye-to-eye with a leopard, and as a shrunk down doll. The song’s lyrics hold no punches, with biting lines like “I’m Angelina and you Jennifer/ C’mon bitch, you see where Brad at…” The song also hints at a Super Bowl stint, with her spitting “2012, I’m at the Super Bowl.” Additionally, in another video frame, there’s a bright sign that reads: “2012 Superbowl”, which furthers my suspicions that Minaj will take the halftime stage alongside Madonna. This would be huge, considering the fact that the Super Bowl halftime show has been a snoozefest ever since Janet Jackson showed us her goodies in 2004. The idea that the NFL would book a black woman as controversial and racy as Nicki would be quite shocking, considering the fall-out from Nipple-gate. Her possible appearance may be a reason why her boss, Birdman has been so vocal about betting $5 million on the big game.
The “Stupid Hoe” video was enough to ease the pain of Nicki’s album delay announcement, which she confirmed after the video’s debut on January 20. She tweeted, “”New Album Date: April 3rd. Pink Friday: ROMAN RELOADED…But have no fear. Tons of surprises before then ;). Love Always, HB.” Within the first twenty-four hours of it’s release, “Stupid Hoe” was viewed over 4.8 million times, breaking VEVO’s record.
Now, fans are gearing up for the album’s second single, “Roman In Moscow”, which she calls, a teaser. “When I say it’s a teaser, it’s like a trailer to the movie, it’s like setting the stage, and I just wanted to touch the surface. It’s the wackest thing on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
Nicki will also be featured on Tyga’s upcoming release, Careless World: Rise Of The Last Kings, due out February 21. While he was a little tight-lipped on the details, he still divulged enough to pique my interest. Last week, he told XXL Magazine, “The song for Nicki is called ‘Muthafucka Up,’” he said. “I don’t know what they gonna call it on the radio. Maybe they might call it “Up”. That one is one of them going in type songs. Like how Wayne had ‘A Milli’ One of those Young Money records that people love. We got a crazy visual for that one, too. I don’t wanna give it away. I’ve been doing a lot of features for everyone.”
With a slew of tour dates, a groundbreaking video, some major appearances and an album on the way, Nicki may be gearing up for her best year yet.