Silly Rabbit, don't you know tricks aren't just for Miley Cyrus? Nicki Minaj has been pushing out transgressive videos since jump, but "Pills N Potions" carves out territory that seems custom-made for Tumblr (or sad MDMA trip). There's out-there animation, some revenge at her lover — gamely played by The Game (no pun intended) — and tears that fall like metallic sheets of rain, all in a 4x3 set-up to accentuate the occasional lo-fi, but always hi-impact visuals.
The spirit of Lady Gaga is strong here, and for good reason — Gaga's former stylist, Nicola Formichetti is the fashion director and "Alejandro" director Steven Klein is calling the video shots — but pains are taken to make sure Brooke Candy outguns Gaga. We open with BC kicking some skinhead ass over $1,000, before setting off on a trippy descent into the nightlife that features batshit crazy styling that would even make Marilyn Manson blush.
Some couples meet at the rock show and soar easily into the atmosphere, carried by the elation of love. Others have to overcome greater forces, as is the case with the stars in this dreamy and gravity-defying Basic Vacation video.
Nobody will accuse Britney of not working (bitch) on the roll-out of this club banger. Having already been teased online, the full video is a series of dance and beauty set-ups — some in the desert, some at the lip of a body of water, some soft and delicate, and others rock hard with more than a hint of s&m.
Sure, there's the not-so-subtle placements for both her fragrance and Planet Hollywood Vegas residency (and Beats, of course), but there's nothing subtle about any of this: It's Britney back, bitch. And you should stand clear once she breaks out the whip.