Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett - Massive Attack

13 July Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Massive Attack (feat. Sean Garrett) - Nicki Minaj |

At first, I thought I had so much choice when it came to my Thursday Revisit, this week, but it turned out that I didn't. I chose Nicki Minaj since I've never actually seen the music video to her debut single before today, and so I am definitely interested in what it's like. Are you ready? I'm not sure if I am. This is the failed single and is one people would rather forget, it was later dropped from her debut album altogether due to the very little radio play and hardly-there chart success. The music video is jungle inspired with many people commenting that this is the original "Anaconda". Watch Nicki Minaj and Sean Garrett perform her debut single "Massive Attack" in a jungle with visuals of a snake, tarantula, scorpion, and Amber Rose.

Nicki Minaj, real name Onika Maraj, started her career with this very song back in 2010. Earlier she had charted globally under label group Young Money, with the song "BedRock". Who would've thought she'd grow into this successful female rap artist? This was later scrapped as the lead single from her debut album "Pink Friday" in favour of "Your Love", which did much better commercially; however, this song will always be her debut single. The reasons it didn't work out the way they had hoped, was that they wanted something different and new, but it was too different and too new that it just didn't work. Featured on the track is Sean Garrett, real name Garrett Hamier. He is known for his producing credits, most famously Usher's "Yeah!". He went on to work with some top acts and lately some rising stars. This song was written by Onika Maraj, Sean Garrett, and Alexander Grant.

The music video was directed by Hype Williams. Nicki Minaj wanted contrast, something dirty like the jungle, and something clean and pink. It's quite the contrast and definitely makes her 'Barbie' style take a forefront. The visual also stars Amber Rose, Birdman, and Ringmasters of Season 3 of America's Best Dance Crew. As well as scenes of a snake, a tarantula, and a scorpion - deadly creatures that people have phobias of.

The opening clip shows Birdman giving Nicki Minaj a stack of money before pointing to some far-flung place amongst the desert, suggesting that she takes it to where he's pointing. There's plenty of powerful scenes, but the one that stands out the most is Nicki Minaj and Amber Rose in a pink Lamborghini driving along a dirt road while a helicopter chases them; possibly a reference to Thelma & Louise.

Other scenes include her lined up with a Harajuku army; two guys from Ringmasters doing double-jointed dancing, and plenty of shots with her in the jungle in various costumes. Sean Garrett appears shirtless as he sings his part of the song.

Overall, this music video is definitely not your average debut visual, and that is exactly what Nicki Minaj wanted to do. It's bizarre but for all the right reasons because it's beyond memorable. Maybe the song was before its time and maybe the music video was too; but, looking back on it from now, it just shows that Nicki Minaj had some great ideas and knew exactly where she wanted to be.
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