Drake has tons of acting experience, but he said he doesn’t need to bust out his thespian skills for his onscreen team-up with Nicki Minaj.
The Toronto MC and former “Degrassi” star chopped it up with MTV News on the set of the video for the Young Money superstars’ collabo “Moment 4 Life,” which appears on Minaj’s Pink Friday album. Drizzy was coy about just how the two will interact in the clip, but hinted that the pair will give fans an eye-popping spectacle.
“I mean, it’s a fantasy video,” Drake explained. “So you’ve got a very regal environment, and you’ve got Nicki doing what she does — big outfits, big everything — and it’s a great video.”
In some of the footage MTV News scored on the clip’s Los Angeles set, Minaj grandly enters a sprawling mansion in an aqua gown with diaphanous draping. Looking over a balcony, Drake observes the rap diva as he nurses a martini. The Thank Me Later lyricist stayed mum about the clip’s narrative, saying he wanted to preserve the surprise of the visual, which premieres Thursday (January 26) on MTV at 7:54 p.m. ET and will be followed by a live Q&A session with Minaj.
“The twist of it, or the concept of it, I don’t wanna give it all away,” Drake demurred.
As far as his performance in the video, Drake said that because of his close relationship with Minaj, being the hip-hop Barbie’s leading man comes naturally.
“Yeah, I love that girl, man. I’m not gonna lie to you,” Drizzy smiled. “I love her, so it’s easy. It’s not hard to play romantic.”
Don’t miss the premiere of Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” video, featuring Drake, Thursday at 7:54 p.m. ET on MTV, followed by a live interview with the Young Money femcee that will continue on MTV.com. If you have questions for Minaj, tweet them with the hashtag #asknicki or upload a video question to Your.MTV.com.