By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
“Yeah, I love that girl, man. I’m not gonna lie to you. I love her, so it’s easy. It’s not hard to play romantic.”
– Drake on his Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj and their on-screen (and perhaps off) chemistry for their “Moment 4 Life” duet.
The Toronto MC and former “Degrassi” star talked on the set of the video for the pair’s collaboration, which appears on Minaj’s Pink Friday album. Drizzy was coy about how the two will interact in the clip, but hinted that the pair will give fans an eye-popping spectacle. Obviously, Nicki’s recent musings on what the two’s children might look like only added fuel to the fire.
“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.
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.