“Fly” ironically starts out with ominous footage of a downed airplane. Nicki, looking like a refugee from a Mad Max movie set, walks around the wreckage and plays it straight for once. There are no campy facial expressions, nor are there any over-the-top vocal tricks. (However, Minaj does not come without an array of wigs here, naturally.)
Rihanna eventually shows up to provide angelic vocals while the two walk through the smoking, apocalyptic wreck.
A crew of mysterious ninjas shows up to assault our rapping beauty, but they prove to be no match for Super Minaj and her crazy faux hawk. A shame this video wasn’t shot after Nicki’s Best Hip Hip Video win for “Super Bass,” because then she could have clobbered the baddies with her moon man.
Then again, that would have meant we’d have to wait till next May for “Fly” to see the light of day.