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Nicki Minaj's Newest Music Video Feels Mighty Familiar

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Oct 19, 2012 | 12:13pm EDT

Nicki Minaj just released the music video for “The Boys” featuring Cassie, and it is just as crazy fun as you would expect it to be. The neon-loving video shows off Minaj's booty rap skills as well as her penchant for out-there themes. With a video like this, imagine what her performances on her new gig, American Idol, will be like! Check out “The Boys” featuring Cassie below:

I’m feeling a little déjà vu, here. Not for the bubble gum pink, bootylicious videos Minaj always puts out (while that certainly is the case here, also), but the components that make up “The Boys” are reminding me of a couple other songs and music videos. Let me break it down for you.

In the bridge, Cassie sings “Your lipstick stains / smells like a cheap hotel.” First time I heard it, I thought they were parodying Train’s “Hey Soul Sister.” In Train’s verse, the lyrics go, “Your lipstick stains / on the front lobe of my left side brains.” Looks and sounds similar, right?

Next, when Cassie and Minaj sing the chorus, the lyrics are “They wanna touch it / taste it, see it, feel it / bone it, own it, yeah yeah / dollar dollar paper chaser / get that money, yeah yeah.” Does that not sound like Daft Punk’s “Technologic”?

When Cassie dons the blue suit and yellow hair, impersonating the boys she and Minaj are rapping about, I had another moment of déjà vu. Remember that time Lady Gaga became Joe Calderone at the 2011 MTV VMA’s? Let me refresh your memory (below). I thought Jo Calderone was Gaga's most brilliant performance, and I guess Cassie agreed. 

Lastly, the scene where Minaj is strutting around the diner she burnt down, recalled another colorful-haired bootylicious star’s most recent music video.

And yet, in spite of all these similarities, you just can’t get antics like Minaj’s anywhere else, making her video one of a kind.

"The Boys" is Nicki's first single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up, which will include tracks that appeared on Roman Reloaded plus a separate disc with her new tunes.

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