Nicki Minaj & will.i.am Go Back to the Future in ‘Check It Out’ Video

will.i.am and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj and will.i.am speed into the future in the video for “Check It Out,” the joint single off Nicki’s forthcoming album Pink Friday. Following the live debut of the track at this month’s MTV VMAs, the duo hit the set to pay homage to Japanese anime culture in the Rich Lee-directed clip, shot in Los Angeles this past weekend.

“You can expect to see a bunch of flyness as far as the outfits,” the Black Eyed Peas frontman told MTV News on set of the video. “When I say flyness, I’m talking about Nicki’s outfits. She’s looking super-duper fly and whatnot.”

Nicki chimed in to elaborate on the concept. “We’re doing almost like an ode to Japanese culture and Japanese anime,” she explained. “I’m obviously a big fan and I’ve joined forces with like the only boy that I know that’s also able to capture that culture.”

The pair also discussed working on the futuristic tune, which samples The Buggles’ classic ’80s hit “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

“I worked with tons of producers on my album, shout out to all of them,” said the Young Money rapper. “Will’s the only producer that produced me. He really sat there and got this weird sound, and I was like, ‘What?’ It was so simple. He was sitting there and he made the beat on the spot.”

Watch the animated duo in action below.

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21 Comments

  1. caribean boy

    Dope go nicki, i like will i am outfits hes a fashion icon so pharelle, kanye west and chris brown

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  2. STRAIGHT MAKE NICK FAN

    for some this girl gives me life i’m def copping her album

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  3. ango

    yeah caribean boy your right in every thing you said about nicki and the fashion icons for us boys

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  4. PRINCESSS

    what the HELL is that on your head nikki and will i am do ya thing

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  5. miro(;

    wow, im excited.

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  6. CiaraMedlies

    ugh, i hate how they’re doing the most

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  7. Sharp Tongue

    Yay for Nicki and Will on the video can’t wait for it to drop and i’m copying “Pink Friday” 11-23-2010.

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  8. Diamond

    I expected the video to be animated and filled with weird things, I mean what video isn’t? C’mon..

    This is about to be Nicki’s second ‘commercial’ single. (NOT underground or buzz single) COMMERCIAL. And she’s using autotune again, and this is who we call ‘the best female rapper in the game’? Not hating, cause I like her, don’t think she’s the best but she has talent, but seriously cut the autotune, and start rappin harder..

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  9. Ranoey

    It is going to be animated- green screen futuristic vibe and plus this really isn’t HER single. It’s will’s as well. She has her FIRST single out today on itunes- right thru me (amazing song) and her NEXT single will be an urban one- called “shitting on them”. The video isn’t even out yet.. lol

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  10. Ranoey

    Start rapping harder… have you heard her verse in MONSTER? or her verses in her new single RIGHT THRU ME? Or her verse in HATERADE? Come on now.. The girl is fking amazing.

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  11. STRAIGHT MAKE NICK FAN

    ^ i agree she mostly focusing on marketing herself but ithink her album is going to surprise everyone gr8ly

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  12. Trey

    I like this joint….#GUILTYPLEASURE LOL

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  13. Jay

    I HATE WHEN GIRLS KNOW THEY HAVE GREAT BODIES AND TRY TO DANCE SEXY, BUT DONT REALLY USE WHAT THEY MAMA GAVE THEM….

    ::TILTS HEAD::

    C’MON NICKI WORK IT OUT MAMA!

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  14. A Realist

    Nicki on dat grind.

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  15. 2XCL

    Oh jeez. They had to go and make a video for this flop single which samples another artists song. What a waste of time and money. This single aint going nowhere! I’m a fan of Nicki but this song is just stupid.

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  16. WACK WACK

    another Lame Green Screen video that gon be filled with Weird ass bullshit.

    WHERE THE ORIGINALITY AT?

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  17. Twitter.com/Tyshawn_Badd

    I’m very happy for her. I’m just glad to see Minaj getting more & more successful everyday because she on her grind & giving her fans what they want. She doing this for her & her fans, & I’ma support all the way. Love you Nicki Minaj

    #TeamMinaj

    #NickiMinajPinkFriday

    #PinkFriday

    Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday ; 11.23.10

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  18. From Tokyo

    Living in Japan has cured me of my love for anime.

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  19. Straight Seoul

    How bout Nicki is dumb as hell cause you can tell Will was the one who planned the video cause it is Korean not Japanese and Will has been working with artist from Korea…

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  20. Dumbass

    Dumb bitch, it’s in Korea.

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  21. Dumbass

    Korean*

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