When Nicki Minaj debuted her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, it was clear the LP was split down the middle, divided into dance-infused pop hits like "Starships" and club-friendly bangers like "Beez in the Trap." The videos for both singles are as different as their respective genres, but Ms. Minaj has a chance to take home a trophy for each at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
"Starships" didn't lack color or scenery, filmed in Hawaii with beautiful beaches and Crayola-colored mountains in the background. Strutting her stuff in bikinis, like she walked straight out of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Nicki threw a full-blown dance party on the beach, with bonfires, neon paint and a lively crew of backup dancers.
"Beez in the Trap," on the other hand, took quite a different approach. The YMCMB rapper got back to her roots, hitting the strip club with 2 Chainz for the much grittier video, clad in a skintight leotard. "When I was doing my mixtapes, I would perform in strip clubs and some of my most die-hard fans would be in these places," Nicki told MTV News, when the video premiered. "I wanted to kinda honor them — honor all my girls in the club and just say, 'Thank you for the support.' When I see the strippers and all of that, they always show me love, so I wanted to kinda make a video around them."
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