Right now Nicki Minaj is every rapper’s favorite rapper, but she’s just graduated from awesome guest verses on other, more famous people's songs to her very own debut single, “Massive Attack.” The video was released this week, and is kind of a snooze: Hype Williams directed it, but apparently did so without an actual Hype Williams budget, as it’s lots of too-long shots of Nicki and Kanye’s GF Amber Rose driving through the desert in a really expensive hot pink convertible (it surprised us too, but turns out that is a boring thing to put in a music video). More importantly: can Nicki Minaj get really, really famous now? We think, and hope, so! The immediate appeal is obvious, but beyond the sassy weirdo girl rapper thing is a legit, funny MC (“now I know I got the ammo / that's why I bulletproofed the Lambo / in the Middle East on a camel”) who blessedly deviates from the traditional female hip-hop role of mostly talking about how good at sex you are. As far as we can tell, “Massive Attack” isn’t a single from any impending studio release, so maybe on top of amassing lots of buzz, Nicki’s also figured out a revolutionary post-music-industry-collapse distribution model?
Most Viewed Stories
21 Insane Scientology Stories That Going Clear Left Out
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Is Already in Trouble on Twitter [Updated]
The Moment When Justin Bieber Ruined His Very Own Roast
Ben Gibbard Picks the Best Death Cab for Cutie Songs
The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015
21 Nastiest Burns From the Justin Bieber Roast
HBO’s Scientology Exposé Going Clear Is Jaw-Dropping
Watch Justin Bieber Smile Through All the Insults at His Comedy Central Roast
The 16 Best Comedy Central Roast Sets Ever
The Mad Men Cast: Where Are They Now?
Latest News from VultureDragon Tattoo Sequel Gets a New Title, Cover Art
The Girl in the Spider's Web.Kendrick Lamar's Album Was Almost Called Tu Pimp a Caterpillar
As a nod to Tupac.Bloodline's Coming Back for a Second Season
Yay, Netflix!Joni Mitchell Found Unconscious, Hospitalized in L.A. [Updated]
The 71-year-old was reportedly found in her home.Justified Recap: ‘I Can Change’
A wrenching hour that killed off major characters and set the remaining major players on rails leading to some horrendous final showdown.Sarah Paulson Is Dying to Wear That Marcia Clark Wig
"I’ve almost never been more excited for anything in my life!"Oh Dang, Did Vin Diesel Just Promise a Fast & Furious 8?
On Jimmy Kimmel Live.10 Best New Songs of the Week
The xx reunite!Aziz Ansari on Life Inside the Second Comedy Boom
"I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as an 'ethnic comic' or an 'Asian comic.'"Weird Loners, Younger, and Shows That Like (or Hate) Their Own Characters
What happens when a show hates its own characters?
Comedy Central issued a statement.Hannibal Buress Completely Owns a Drunk Fan Who Interrupts His Show
Don't interrupt Hannibal Buress.The Americans Is Getting a Fourth Season
Welcome news for fans of emotionally intense dramas.The Letterman Years: Stories From Behind the Scenes of the Show That Changed Comedy Forever
Steven Tyler has a tantrum; Al Gore has to pee.Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer: At the Very End of the World, Everything Looks Insane
"It was hard to know who was more crazy. Me or everyone else."Ludacris on Ludaversal, Paul Walker, and Reinventing Himself
"The jokes they said about Paul Walker I felt were completely inappropriate."Better Call Saul Recap: Family Matters
Jimmy finds resistance where he least expects it.The Unexpected Resurgence of the Comedy Duo
Key and Peele, Tina and Amy, Broad City, Fred and Carrie.Everything We Know About Robert Durst’s Second Wife, Debrah Lee Charatan [Updated]
"A lot of people believe Debbie knows Bob’s secrets."Bloodline Recap: Monster
Danny is now a full-blown monster.
As if we needed more reason to love her.The 5 Best Moments From RuPaul’s Drag Race
This week’s episode opted for the pair-off methods of kindergarten teachers everywhere: the buddy system.Linda Cardellini Talks Bloodline, Bug Suits, and Mad Men
For battling mosquitoes in the Everglades.Zayn Malik’s Solo Career Starts With a Super-Melancholy Love Song, Naturally
Naughty Boy leaked the song after a Twitter fight with One Direction's Louis Tomlinson.The Moment When Justin Bieber Ruined His Very Own Roast
His ending earnest plea.This Veep Deleted Scene Has Even More Sexy Chris Meloni
"I'm a workout professional, so let's work this out."The Mad Men Cast: Where Are They Now?
Mad Men is but a distant memory to them.8 Books You Need to Read This April
Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations, and you should read as many of them as possible.Watch Justin Bieber Smile Through All the Insults at His Comedy Central Roast
He really liked Ron Burgundy.Zach Galifianakis Is an Awful Thief in Masterminds
He's also very holy. Kristen Wiig maybe less so.
But the release date of the film hasn't changed ... yet.Jimmy Fallon Made Helen Mirren Say ‘Spotted Dick,’ Because Nothing Is Sacred Anymore
Oh, and her voice got the helium treatment, too.Sherlock Holmes Is Not Gay, Not Straight, Says Steven Moffat
"He’s been saying it over 100 years! He’s not interested in [sex]."Vin Diesel, Meet Your Newest Superfan: Helen Mirren
She also loves driving.Comedy Central Makes a Long-Term Investment in Trevor Noah
"Who can take this mantle, and carry it, and do with it what Jon was able to do — but for the next generation?”Matthew Weiner: Don Is a ‘Hero of Assimilation’
"It’s like, how do we become white?"All the Artists Who Own Tidal Are Secretly the New Avengers
All of your favorite artists are here to save the music-streaming business ... for themselves.4 Reasons Dwayne Johnson Should Host the Oscars
Give the Rock a chance!Disney’s Mulan Is Going Live-Action
Be a man. (In real life.)Harvey Weinstein Is Under Investigation for Allegedly Groping a Woman
The NYPD is investigating the studio executive for allegedly groping a 22-year-old woman.
It's set to air December 3.Marc Maron on How the Second Comedy Boom Differs From the First
"Maybe it is a little bit more of a level playing field ... but you can build it and people won’t come."21 Insane Scientology Stories That Going Clear Left Out
What happened to Katie Holmes?8 Amazing Facts From Judd Apatow’s Favorite Casting Director, Allison Jones
Judd Apatow's go-to casting director opens up about her career to The New Yorker.How Playing Heidi Holland Helped Elisabeth Moss Get Over Peggy Olson
"There are other great women out there that I’m gonna fall in love with."How the Internet and a New Generation of Superfans Helped Create the Second Comedy Boom
Why are we having a second comedy boom? Where did comedy nerds come from? And how has comedy changed?The Fosters’ Gavin MacIntosh Got YouTube to Unblock Gay Kiss
The Fosters star slammed YouTube for age-restricting his character's gay kiss.The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015
A comedy boom is in full swing right now, and doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon.How Trevor Noah Became the Next Host of The Daily Show
Get to know the 31-year-old comedian from South Africa.Deadline’s Editor Finally Apologizes for That Awful ‘Ethnic Castings’ Article
"There is no excuse."