When Nicki Minaj released her highly anticipated fourth studio album Queen in August, the song that made the biggest splash was undoubtedly “Barbie Dreams.” Leaving no stone unturned and no male rapper unmentioned, Minaj aired all her dirty laundry in one sing-songy single, listing the men in music she’s slept with, including rating their performance and criticizing those who couldn’t keep up with her ‘three times per night’ requirements.
Even those who Minaj has not had a sexual relationship with were name-checked, including her frequent collaborator and on again, off again friend Drake (“If he crying and shit.”) Lil Wayne, Future, Eminem, Desiigner, Young Thug, Bow Wow, 50 Cent, and Lil Wayne were just some of the men to pop up in Minaj’s “Barbie Dreams,” a song the rapper admits wasn’t greeted with praise by all those who got a shout out.
Speaking on her Queen Radio show on Beats 1, Minaj said the track has been misinterpreted by most who hear it, calling “Barbie Dreams” a fun shout out to the men in her life. “With ‘Barbie Dreams,’ you guys do know that is not a diss, right? You do know that the people I said on ‘Barbie Dreams’ I said things about people who I know can take a joke and who I know can’t be emotional with it,” said Minaj. “Everyone is saying how disrespectful ‘Barbie Dreams’ is and that’s why I f–king love it.”
If there was any doubt over whether Minaj was having second thoughts about releasing a song about her peers, the musician has now doubled down on “Barbie Dreams,” dropping a video for the R-rated track on Monday night. Enlisting the use of puppets, including Lil Wayne, Drake, and DJ Khaled look-alikes, Minaj wears a handful of vibrant wigs as she twerks, struts, and poses in the saturated music video that feels like an homage to Hype Williams’ videos from the early 2000s.
Nicki Minaj turns rappers into puppets in new Barbie Dreams video. No shoe throwing though. pic.twitter.com/CtNN6sDvoP
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 11, 2018
Unfortunately, “Barbie Dreams” fails to follow through on a video that could have been as big a risk taker as its song. Much like Minaj’s “Ganja Burn,” “Barbie Dreams” features the rapper solo for the most part, relying on her scantily clad figure and signature stares to fill up the four minute video. Sure, Minaj is a captivating performer to watch, but we were hoping for more from a song that is so full of bravado.