Watch: Niki Minaj drops opulent music video for 'Ganja Burn' from her latest album 'Queen'
The six-minute video sees Minaj as a queen who seeks vengeance with her resurrected army of the dead. 'Ganja Burn' is the first track from Minaj's recently released album 'Queen'.
On Friday, Nicki Minaj released her much-anticipated fourth studio album 'Queen' after previously delaying the album release not once, but twice. Now, the Trinidadian-American rapper has dropped a fiery new music video for the album opener 'Ganja Burn'.
The six-minute clip opens with a prologue that speaks of a "generous Queen" in a "world unknown" who is betrayed by her close confidantes in a Julius Caesar-like fashion. The story then goes on to talk about the Queen exacting her revenge to teach her betrayers a lesson. “Kill everything in sight,” she declares to her loyal army, which is resurrected from the sands. And they promptly obey in epic, fiery fashion, as we see Minaj writhing around in the cinematic sprawl of a desert that forms the setting for the music video.
The imagery from the album art is developed further in the music video and, at one point, Minaj is even seen striking the same pose as the album art in the exact same Cleopatra-esqe royal garb, complete with an intricately adorned headgear. The visuals are helmed in by directors Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who also made the album artwork, which would explain the similarity in the aesthetics between the two.
There is a homage to the bard William Shakespeare as well, as we see Minaj hold up a skull amidst a puff of cannabis smoke — a reference to the famous "Alas, poor Yorick" monologue from Hamlet. Watch the video for 'Ganja Burn' below:
'Queen' serves as the Trinidadian-American rapper’s fourth studio effort and the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s 'The Pinkprint'. The 19 track sprawling effort features collaborations from the likes of Eminem, The Weeknd, Future, Foxy Brown, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd and Ariana Grande.
In related news, Minaj has launched her own Apple Beats 1 radio show. During her premiere show, she clarified that the much-talked-about single ‘Barbie Dreams’ wasn’t a true diss track and was instead aimed at rappers “who can take a joke and not be emotional about it.” On the track, she targets numerous rappers, including her ex-boyfriend Meek Mill, Drake (“Drake worth a hundred milli, always buying me shit/But I don't know if the pussy wet or if he cryin' and shit”), Desiigner (“Shoutout Desiigner, 'cause he made it out of special ed”), Young Thug (“Used to fuck with Young Thug, I ain't addressing this shit/I caught him in my dressing rooms stealing dresses and shit”), and DJ Khaled (“I had to cancel DJ Khaled, we ain’t speaking / Ain’t no fat n****a telling me what he ain’t eating”).
Over the weekend, Minaj shared the non-album cut 'Sorry', which included Nas as well as a Tracy Chapman sample. Next month, she will kick off her 'NICKIHNDRXX Tour' with Future. You can grab tickets here.