Anaconda by Nicki Minaj
Starting with its title, “Anaconda” is Nicki Minaj’s way to express her inner strength. The snake that can reach an impressive size is one of the fastest and strongest predators, an image that fits best Nicki Minaj’s intentions regarding the men approaching her. If they don`t behave correctly, they might be attacked by the dangerous Anaconda.
The video debuts with a luxurious forest background, perfect for Anacondas to live. Instead of seeing snakes, viewers will admire a tribe of sensual women, reminding of ancient Amazons. Sexual allusions are present through the way the women dance and touch each other, but the focus of the video seems to be the effort of the Anacondas to preserve their physical condition. As consequence, most of the scenes of the video are shot in a white gym hall, where all women train hard.
Nicki Minaj is represented as the leader of the tribe, trainer of the Amazons in the gym hall, sensual housekeeper and night club dancer. In each scene, her outfits are extremely sensual and obviously, colored in pink, to express innocence, by contrast with the previous impression.
“Anaconda” will be included on Nicki Minaj’s upcoming third album, “The Pinkprint”, naturally highlighting the artist’s passion for pink. The song was released on August 4, 2014, being Nicki Minaj, Anthony Ray, Marcos Palacios, Jamal Jones, Jonathan Solone-Myvett and James Strife. “Anaconda” was produced by Polow da Don and Da Internz, constant collaborators of the artist.
The video for “Anaconda” was directed by Colin Tilley, known for his collaboration with Chris Brown (“She Ain’t You”), David Guetta (“Just One Last Time”) or Ciara (“Speechles”). “Anaconda”, released on August 24, 2014, isn`t the first video created for Nicki Minaj. He also directed by the hip hop artist “Freedom” and “The Boys” featuring Cassie. “Anaconda” includes a cameo appearance of Drake in the end of the video as the guy trying to draw the attention of the “Anaconda” (Nicki Minaj), being left disappointed by the girl changing her mind about giving him a chance to be together.