The wait is over. After teasing fans, Nicki Minaj debuts the stunning video for her emotional single “Regret In Your Tears.”
Directed by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Pigott, the cinematic clip is a captivatingly sensual experience, allowing the Queens MC to play with eroticism and symbolism.
From majestic underwater scenes to erotic bedroom vignettes, the visual plays to the song’s romantic yet somber elements. Rumored to be about her exes Meek Mill and/or Safaree Samuels, the clip ends with Minaj surviving triumphantly, while others are drowned by the flood below her.
In a Twitter Q&A, Nicki called it her “favorite” visual “of all time.” Much of that, of course, can be attributed to directors Mert and Marcus. “Blown away by their work,” she tweeted. “Honored. The stars aligned. Only video they shot was for MADONNA – legendary.”
Fans have been waiting for “Regret” for some weeks. It was first teased on Instagram last month and was slated to drop over the weekend. Then, plans shifted this morning again. “Ok #TruthTea vid would’ve been out this am but then I got to the FINAL shot & realized I could see NIPPLES!!!! I screamed,” Nicki tweeted. “Lawddd!!!”
Ok #TruthTea vid would've been out this am but then I got to the FINAL shot & realized I could see NIPPLES!!!! I screamed!!! Lawddd!!!
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 1, 2017
“Regret” follows the video for her Drake and Lil Wayne-assisted “No Frauds,” which dropped last month. Both are cuts off Nicki’s #3PackFromParis, which also included the Weezy-featured “Changed It.” No word yet on how these songs will impact her Pinkprint follow-up, which is expected to drop this year.
Watch “Regret In Your Tears” below.