By Rob Markman
Nicki Minaj dropped her new dance single “Starships” in mid February, and now the Young Money star is on location in Hawaii filming the video for her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded single. On Wednesday morning, pictures from the set of “Starships” leaked, showing the Queens rapper all dolled up in a pink bikini with matching heels and green-blue tinted hair. Nicki announced her arrival in Hawaii, with this tweet: “The kids @ the airport were like: waikikiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!! I bust out laughin,” she wrote.
The multi-faceted MC engaged her followers and of course let off an obligatory Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded tweet, once again reminding fans of her sophomore album’s April 3 release date, though we’re sure a good portion of her 10 million plus followers already have the date marked on their calendars.
The three photos that made their way onto the Internet only show Nicki, some production hands and a few female models, but it’s the male eye candy that has the female Weezy the most excited. “Can’t wait 2get on set,” she wrote. “Dem male modelz iz poppinton #starshipsvideo.”
The top 5 Hottest MC finalist dropped her RedOne-produced single on Valentine’s Day, and while the pop track doesn’t show off much of Nicki’s lyrical prowess, it has clearly resonated with music fans — it is currently sitting at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
During an interview after her 2012 NBA All-Star Game performance in February, Nicki told MTV News that though she began as a rap artist, she is completely comfortable with her hold on popular music these days. “I guess I am pop culture just because what I’m doing seems to be popular. When people want to do what you’re doing, it’s kinda popular,” she said. “I don’t ask girls to wear pink hair; they just do it. It’s not about black or white; I think it’s just a statement. It doesn’t matter which color you are; it’s just a statement of being fearless.”
She also predicted big things for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. “April 3 is gonna be a doozy. It’s gonna be crazy,” Nicki said of her album release date. “It’s gonna be important for just hip-hop culture and pop culture. It’s gonna be very big.”