With only days until Nicki Minaj drops her latest album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up , she’s giving fans a little sneak peek into the making of her newest video. Set to drop any day now, it seems that Minaj is opting for the glam over the wacky in her clip for “Freedom.”
Minaj shot the video in England, and the behind-the-scenes teaser shows off one of the video’s set-ups. In it, Minaj is donning a multi-colored gown out in the middle of the dreary English countryside, as smoke fills the space behind her. In between displays of Nicki as a rapping glamazon, the featurette also shows how much work her crew had to put into shooting the video. Short clips show two men carrying the singer from her waiting area to the set-up as not to ruin her platform heels. Another shot captures Minaj’s ride in a carriage, safely transporting her over the rocky terrain.
Other times, Minaj looks a bit tired, applying makeup. And, perhaps, the most drama (and laughs) took place when one of the female crew members fell on a grassy knoll.
In addition to the teaser, she also dropped an equally atmospheric lyric video for the single. As the emotional lines of the song scroll across the screen, various shots of grassy fields, forests and streams set the mood, an obvious call to the forthcoming video. Minaj has not confirmed when the actual video will hit the streets, but did let her fans know that it’s “coming soon.”
“Freedom” is the latest single off The Re-Up, following up the faster-paced, Cassie-assisted “The Boys.” The album hits stores on November 19. When MTV News spoke to the rapper about the re-issue earlier this fall, she explained why she wanted to continue the story of her spring 2012 release, instead of starting fresh.
“It’s a different feel, so I knew I had to put it on a separate disc the new songs, but it wasn’t an entire new thought and new body of work,” she said. “Because I like to give a lot of music and so that’s why I didn’t want to do a whole new project. Because then I would feel like it would be judged as a brand-new thing and then I would need to add way more songs.”
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