Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” Video: Review Revue

Becky Bain | April 27, 2012 - 10:36 am

After putting the focus on her bountiful backside in over-the-top, ridiculously silly videos, Nicki Minaj has done… exactly the same thing again with her “Starships” clip. The video, which premiered last night (April 26) on MTV, had just about everything you could imagine, except coherence. Though Nicki’s Barbz might be ordering their string bikinis and green wigs for the Summer season, the critics weren’t exactly swooning for Minaj’s wackadoo trip to the beach. Find out what everyone’s saying about “Starships” below.

Spin goes easy on “Starships”: “The video… [shifts] between glamorous shots of Minaj giving come-hither looks and hallucinogenic scenes where everybody just looks batshit. Whether this fantasy-island video grows on us or not, it’s frivolously, hedonistically pop. Why is that necessarily such a bad thing again, exactly?”

MTV Buzzworthy knows the video is cray, and so is Nicki’s envy-inspiring bod: “Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ video makes absolutely no sense. If starships are really meant to fly (according to Wikipedia, they are, and through space!), then why did Nicki choose to have a tribal body paint party on the beach for her video? Who knows, but it really doesn’t matter. The important thing here is that we’ll all be on egg white and protein shake diets for the next three months trying to replicate Nicki’s absolutely bananas figure.”

EW Music Mix gets it: “Since ‘Starships’ is the anchor of the pop-centric half of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (the same sequence of songs I suggested could be immediately jettisoned from iTunes in my review of the album), it’s only appropriate that Minaj adopt the look and feel of a more traditional pop video.”

Huffington Post finds a way to trash both her video and her album, Roman Reloaded: “Minaj’s video isn’t anything new, but then again, according to the reviews for her album, neither is her music.”

Vulture notes that the video “really does feature a little bit of everything”, adding, “It is, once again, the Nicki Minaj Kitchen Sink approach to being a pop star.”

HitFix goes for the jugular in their review: “For everything wrong with this video and this type of video, just fast forward to the final scenes, where the party jumps around and Minaj has to literally hold onto her bouncing bountiful breasts: is it to mirror very similar actions that everyday party-going girls have to endure or a true reflection of the waste and half-baked madness Barbz must endure? Either way: it requires endruance to get through this mess… Cash Money has got to quit trying to make Minaj into Rihanna With Raps.”

Finally, The Prophet Blog finds many similarities between Nicki’s new video, and the debut video of The Hills actress and wannabe pop star Heidi Montag, “Higher”, which also featured its leading lady rolling around a beach in a skimpy pink bikini. “Isn’t it funny that Heidi’s cheap videos were just filmed on a camcorder by Spencer Pratt, while Nicki’s clip was done by a famous director with major label funding, yet the videos are essentially the same?”

For those who missed out on Ms. Montag’s cinematic achievement, here it is:


What did you think of Nicki’s beach party? Did it make you want to run in the sand, or just rewatch old Lost episodes? Tell us in the comments, or on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.