Video: Nicki Minaj – ‘Pills N Potions’

The Game and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj may have toned down her look, but that doesn’t mean she’s lost her edge. The rap superstar pushes the envelope in the strange, yet simple video for “Pills N Potions,” the first single off her upcoming third album The Pink Print.

In the four-and-a-half-minute clip, directed by Diane Martel (“Blurred Lines,” “We Can’t Stop”), Nicki shows a more vulnerable side, smoking a cigarette while computer-animated tears roll down her eyes. She wears bunny ears in one scene and rocks pasties in another.

After starring alongside Nas and Drake in previous music videos, she enlists The Game to play her love interest. They share intimate scenes including one where Nicki holds his detached head. Plus, there are plenty of quirky graphics including a self-dispensing Pez rabbit, animated pill bottle, and our favorite, the dancing bunny.

While she won’t give an exact release date, The Pink Print is due sometime this year. “I really wanted to experiment with the third album, but I wanted to still marry my old energy with a new sound,” Nicki said during a recent visit to “GMA.”

Overdose on the emotional and eccentric visuals below.



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83 Comments

  1. joey

    what the heck did i just watch….

    if this video gets popular its purely because of how stupid it is

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    Oh Reply:

    @joey, LMFAOO This bitch Piss & Floption is not going to see any success. This song is boring and this video is cheap.

    LMAOOO *Meanwhile Iggy shoots a videos with big budgets and snatched her 3rd week at #1″

    This broke bitch Nicki used a magazine shoot as a video? LMFAOO Cheap ass bitch always claiming shes so bossy but she can’t even afford a real model, or a high end video for her lead single for her FLOP ASS song…LFMAOOO

    Nicki the Pinkprint Era is already the pits, just give up now and go back to your pink wigs and British accent

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    KENBARBUK Reply:

    Did you break a heel running in here to view the video?

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    K Reply:

    @KENBARBUK, that hatting person sure did,mybe it broke something else other than a heel. what a sad sad person.

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    Andy Reply:

    @KENBARBUK, try to ignore it

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    BASE Reply:

    @joey, amen, i could only watch about 45secs tbh the song itself is just beyond horrible, this is a song lil mama or willow smith would make -_-

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    joey Reply:

    @BASE, I’d like to see nicki do some cool stuff and make good music but this is dumb haha

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @joey, I challenge you to explain what about it is dumb. It’s easy to react negatively to that which you do not understand, but this is art, and beautiful art at that in my opinion.
    This may be my favorite Nicki Minaj video.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, I, as always, read the comments before watching the video and -I admit- feel worried by the actual product.

    I was watching it and wondered why people said it was bad? It was an anomalous, intriguing and comprehensible representation of hallucination caused by drugs, clearly depicting the meaning of the composition: the harms improper love do to you but the silliness of us who still want to feel its delighting effects, just like the unusual impact of dope.

    I personally disliked the bunny, I still can’t understand it but the rest of the film was highly enjoyable.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Andy, Yes, I would have no problem saying adieu to the bunny, but I guess its inclusion helps to reinforce the symbolism (it could have just been a bit more sophisticated in imagery), but maybe this will appeal to a younger demographic i.e. Sophia Rose and her cousin (those girls from Ellen that have gotten too big off of nothing).

    Andy Reply:

    @BASE, “beyond horrible” explain why it is horrible. I would like to know how people find something horrible I personally believe its beautiful. You seem to have a music taste farther than anyone to be labeling something “horrible”, without an explanation, while many journalists gave the song rave reviews.

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    Andy Reply:

    @joey, just like Eminem’s “Just Lose It” video. Rather stupid than anything but I bet most people said it was awesome.

    You’re looking things too much superficial, you should try to think and research for the concept of the video but you prefer to go the easy way: don’t think and stay in your ignorance while shielding in “its my opinion” instead of stating and proving why you believe its stupid.

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  2. shaytan

    I was a huge fan of the single at first but I lost interest after 1 week. I was hoping the video would help revive interest but if anything it nailed the coffin closed. It seems her team realized this wasn’t a good single and just made a buzz single video. It was uneventful boring and not creative.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @shaytan, It is the quintessence of creativity. I got so much Bjork sensibility from it and salute to that!

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    Andy Reply:

    @shaytan, “uneventful boring” we are in an age where people are apathetic by a shoot in the head. You wanted to see lights everywhere, people screaming, running, doing erratic actions, dancing, showing countless of expressions, and outstanding scenarios?

    “not creative” can you describe me what would be creative for you? You seem to know a lot.

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  3. m4ti

    STFU little white fag

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  4. Jazz

    Looks more like a commercial for beats & her new perfume than a music video.

    Wack!

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    Rozay-MMG Reply:

    @Jazz, aernt they all these music videos sigh

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    SWNKY Reply:

    @Jazz, You can’t hate on that at all cause they getting payed off of all that shit! I mean are you getting payed to hate cause if you are good for you, but if not haahahaa! Look at you hatin ass Niggas

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    Andy Reply:

    @Jazz, too focused on finding defects in the video that you barely focused the significance of the whole body of art. The perfume and beats occupied maximum 5% of the time and you just noticed that. Well I guess that was the idea, (in a marketing point of view) they did exceptionally good then.

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  5. truthhurtz

    The game ole fine azz!! Lol now thats out the way.lol but nicki, ms lady you couldve kept this.this album is suppose to be a movement u say? Sweetie this not moving know where but down the charts. .. #HATEDIT ill just wait for the 3 single

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @truthhurtz, i see no lies……The Game is scrumptous. damnnnn. its a movement alrite…..move on to the door and out the exit bcuz iggy and the other rap chicks r coming and making big moves.

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    Andy Reply:

    @EveRyder, and by other “big rap chicks” you mean Eve? Or did you mean any other that still struggle to achieve a hardly good accomplishment, like charting at least for a week or selling more than 10 thousands albums in their debut? Or you are one of the many dimwits who believe Iggy is running something with her dreadful rapping ability, or not ability at all to be honest?

    The delusional in your being is vivid and well, I see.

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    Andy Reply:

    @truthhurtz, she could have kept this and release another club jam, summer anthem single which would top the charts and sell millions but she preferred to release a beautiful ballad song with more meaning and better melody than 99% the songs this day in the first two seconds of it. I believe she did the right thing, but since you hate it I doubt you would agree with me. By the way, avoid “hating” anything, whether is a song or a person. Is unhealthy and wrong.

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  6. SBBRO

    Nicki, this made no sense.

    1) why are your boobs always on show? You’re not rihanna. It’s getting tacky.

    2) this video has no meaning, YOU said this album was going to be hip hop, YOU said that. You basically lied to your fans and gave us the pop mess. All you are interested in is pushing your tacky perfume and other endorsements. What about the MUSIC.

    3) why are you working with miley cyrus’ director? This is NOT your style. Having the Game in there doesn’t make this “hip hop”. Stop treating your fans like we’re stupid.

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    KENBARBUK Reply:

    Girls this comment is just filled with stupid.

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    GEEZUS Reply:

    @SBBRO, That’s the same director who directed Right Thru Me back in 2010.

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    Chyna Reply:

    @SBBRO, lol. Diane Martel also directed Nicki’s Right Thru Me.

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @SBBRO,

    1) I don’t know why you’re giving her more shit than other girls, based on this video.

    2.0) This video has meaning to it. “Pills n Potions”: You get high as fuck! Have you ever been high?

    2.1) Her perfume’s not tacky. It smells FAR better than your mama’s Walmart perfume.

    2.2) This song has meaning to it. Have you tried reading the lyrics you incapable inbred?

    3.0) “Why are you working with Miley Cyrus’ director?” The song is called “Pills n Potions” it’s supposed to look trippy. But it has elements of her past videos: Your Love, Super Bass… It’s her theme of colors (Barbie), you tasteless fucker.

    3.1) Yes. No argument there. You are stupid.

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @Major Sushi, chile bye. 1.We are allowed to not like this wack and meaningless shit.2.everybody dont get high or a drug addict bcuz we have other important things to do.why is the rabbits there? 3.Walmart>Kmart anyday. u forgot this fake hoe selks her cheap ass clothes at a lessor than walmart store.4. stfu 5.just stfu chile.

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @EveRyder, In her Mixtape days, Nicki was known as the “Playboy bunny. I’m the Young Money, honey”! ?!?

    If you knew that, you wouldn’t question.

    You can either support or fuck off. And you can’t shut me up. You ain’t special.

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    Andy Reply:

    @EveRyder, you are allowed to dislike anything but calling something “wack” and “meaningless shit” without any evidence that it is, is illegal and immoral.

    I’m glad you don’t get high, but I have to argue against the fact that you have “other important things to do” since you seem very eager to comment on everything related to a person you ultimately hate. What other important things you do? I was just wondering, you do not have to lose your temper because of my curiosity.

    “Walmart>Kmart” another feeble attempt to dig more into Nicki’s apparently bad business decisions. You seem plenty connoisseur of everything she does.

    “just stfu” poor argumentation skills. You prefer to insult and sound careless about others statement instead of refuting them. You prove again, that you are just another silly poor hateful ignorant.

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    Andy Reply:

    @SBBRO, just because you have little to none comprehension of conceptual ideas does not mean the song is senseless.

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  7. Aaa

    Lol at the comments above….you guys were just anxious to hate huh? It’s not that serious. Find any little thing to pick at. To this person above me…..yea buddy I think you may have been on some pills and potions, because you are going in. Don’t take your insecurities out on a video.

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  8. Chloé Magnolia

    She would’ve nailed it, if it wasn’t for the blatant advertising. With a video as sober as this one, you really can’t afford to interrupt the vibe like that.

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  9. jay

    It’s her artistic expression. It doesn’t have to be big budget, she is in a solemn,somber space right now. I have seen many popular rock videos use simple comp. gen. Or just kept it simple like Red Hot Chili Peppers (black hole sun), which was purely artistic expression. Expand your horizons in your thinking. I believe I would’ve depicted the song more accurately from how I imagined the video though, which would’ve complimented her song and my idea of it, merging her creation with my interpretation

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  10. KENBARBUK

    *waits for next single*

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @KENBARBUK, Why even comment with this bullshit. If you’re going to use her face and her brand to craft your entire identity, you don’t have the grounds to post dumb, passive-shady garbage. This is the kind of comment that the sharks on this website don’t need to smell.

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  11. KENBARBUK

    I’m sure this would be a viral hit which is what the video needs.

    Nicki knows what she is doing :)

    Silly me for thinking the game was foine all these years

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    KENBARBUK Reply:

    which is what the *song needs

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  12. LA

    I like, very Kanye-like

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  13. Ranoun Aria Oo

    Hhhhhh his kidding

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  14. Kukaracha

    When will this pretentious money-hungry clown go away? She trying to appeal to white audience, lol. It’s ok, Nick, white teens lov ya. Good job

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  15. Ranoun Aria Oo

    It’s beautiful vid I think it’s a happy video and it a different one like the way she is.. Again I found it a happy and a fun video I love it keep going Queen

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  16. Meme

    The game was the only nice thing about this video. Nicki’s outfits weren’t even on point, everything so random

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  17. K

    i like it.

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  18. jp

    It was interesting

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  19. Bobs

    This is perhaps the worst music video of all time.

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    They Dont have No award for that Reply:

    @Bobs, no perhaps… IT IS

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  20. Chyna

    Very different for Nicki and i like it. I thought the video was beautiful. The Game looked good in here too ;-) Im not even gonna address the stupid ass comments about the video looking cheap and Nicki not really going back to her roots…. a simple mind wouldn’t understand.

    Pills N Potions has a Pink Friday feel to it you are not , can not be a real fan of hers if you dont see this. You can not be a real fan of hers if you dont see or understand whats going on. Nicki has plotted her entire career she knows wtf shes doing. Nicki broke????? Money hungry lmao please

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  21. mon88

    nice Illuminati visuals and the game looks gay and juicy

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    EdgarC Reply:

    @mon88, LMAO!!!!!! I can’t, dead!

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  22. MikeMinaj

    2 Words.
    EPIC SLAYAAAAAAAGE!

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    hotblacktea Reply:

    @MikeMinaj, Epic? Really? Bitch made this on her iphone.

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  23. Phoenix Wright

    The product placement for both the beats pills and her perfume was done horribly.

    The Game, I always forget how fine he is, sheesh. Can he release a sextape? ok? lol

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  24. JD

    This video is cheap, tacky crap. I expected a lot more.

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    They Dont have No award for that Reply:

    @JD, Jermaine Dupree you are so right!

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  25. Deejay

    Gurrrllllllaaaaaaahhhhhhhh
    For just once I would like to see a nicki video with a great story line. I feel like she just tries to sit and be pretty in all her videos and that just doesn’t cut it for me. She calls herself an actress so why not act in your videos. Instead of just moving in slow motion and rubbing your neck for 4 minutes. Bye

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    GEEZUS Reply:

    @Deejay, Uhm.. Your Love, Moment 4 Life, Right Thru Me, Fly…

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    They Dont have No award for that Reply:

    @Deejay, lmao too funny but true!

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  26. Realistically

    She looks gorgeous in this video.

    I don’t the song is exciting, though. I hope her second single has a little more depth.

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  27. High_Price

    I like Nicki…. So ima be Nice… This Video was a FOOL! What was its purpose? To Promote your other avenues(Head phones, perfume etc) cause the video failed to connect the viewers to the theme of the song… Which in the End made me not care for the song as much as i did when i just heard the Audio…. Moving Forward i hope you Come harder… Have you seen Iggy’s Visuals Nicki? She is Slaying…. Dont let the White Girl steal the Mic…. Now Go Get Em Nick!

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    hotblacktea Reply:

    @High_Price, TOTES

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  28. readers

    Y’all are so fckin stupid. The song is about getting high to deal w the bullshit love brings. The trippy shit represents the hallucinations because of the drugs. I guess you have to be kind of smart to understand that. It’s not stupid, its quite genius.

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  29. hotblacktea

    She should have just shown products throughout the whole video, that would have made a statement.

    MARIAH CAREY 2.0

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  30. ihateuzay

    now i ain’t no hater or anything cause i love nicki, but this video was weird and not in a good way…. and might i add, looked a little cheap…..

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  31. The Shaded Truth

    Let me be clear… THE GAME is PHINE and all shall thank the Lord for his beauty. Moving on, the song is horrible, the video is horrible; it was filled with advertisements. What the hell is she doing with this one? #TheEnd

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  32. THIS IS CRAP

    LMAO! This video must’ve had a 2 dollar budget. Nicki and The Game both looked good, but that still couldn’t save this flop of a video for this flop of a song. Next single please.

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  33. EveRyder

    this video is stale and molded chile. this fake hoe is done.this video really made me missy’s fun and creative videos that made u want more. Missy stop playin with us and drop that block party album and show these female rap chicks how its done. ill give nicki props on her love interests bcuz the game and nas r sexy as hell.girl pills n floptions aint cutting it. if u going to follow in kimmies footsteps then u shouldve brought it like kim did with jumpoff for her third album first single.

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @EveRyder, miss missy’s

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @EveRyder, Oh Darling.. Missy’s days are over.. She tried with her comeback last year. Even Eve.

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  34. SWNKY

    I actually Fuck with this video & Song it’s a way better look then all the wigs and extra she’s used to doing! Yall have to understand not every video is going to be in your favor, But I Fuck with this Good Job Nicki you looking sexy as hell in this video! Simple and easy! #100

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  35. dongit

    what in the garbages shite did i just watched?

    horrible.

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  36. JustCoastWitHa

    Fuck everybody’s comments. This video is EVERYTHING. Ppl tend to hate what they do not understand, and that’s their problem.

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    bobs Reply:

    @JustCoastWitHa, This video is everything? Really tho?

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    Jade Reply:

    @JustCoastWitHa, I bet you don’t understand the concept of the video yourself.

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  37. Eesa

    WTF did I just watch!? Rap-Up!? Really!? What a waste of 3 minutes! All she did was rub her neck, promote her perfume and Beats by Dre! Lmao This 34 year old moron is DONE! Girl sit somewhere. Stick to posting pics of your t i t s on Insta.

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  38. BEDSTUYFLY

    Its very random and STRANGE, but there is a clear artistic view here. Not my cup of tea; the song is growing on me but I don’t see it being one of her bigger hits.
    Bring on the club bangers next and just make hot music. If your going to be experimental, then it has to be innovative, fresh and magnificent. Think about every time Missy Elliot came back out and released new music with a dope ass video to match. Matter of fact, remember that first feeling you had when you saw Missy’s “Work It” video… yeah follow down THAT lane of genius, cuz this is cute, but this ain’t IT.

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  39. Shaq

    Nicki is beautiful not Everyone is going to like tho video cause your not used to seeing her in this way but Defo disagree about these ppl saying that the songs wack everyone has there own style and iggy please she don’t run shit the only reason she’s doing we’ll is cause she’s a white female rapper that’s really pooped of and this is her only hit her other songs didn’t go to No1 love to see iggy go full slayage mode on these other girls but no this bitch is just a weak ass bitch she’s always going on about people being to hard on her it’s fucking hip-hop bitch get a back bone atleast you an say nicki can switch it up unlike these other bitches

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  40. bijan

    Nicki and Game looked good, but the video was made badly.
    Wtf was that clapping rabbit…
    If I were Nicki’s team I’d get another video producer to make another one.

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  41. jrich33

    The song is boring and horrible,the video looks cheap,the game is not cute(having a nice build and tats doesn’t make you fine)and what happened to her a**???? I’m tired of her showing them fake t*ts(at least Rihannas are real)

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  42. EdgarC

    WTF is this?

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  43. miss carter

    the worst video she has ever ever done!! i mean really… if she didnt feel like giving us a visual she should have left it alone.
    and am a fan :(

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