"Only" ain't a love song, but you might not have expected the video to veer nearly as dark as horrorcore, with director Hannah Lux Davis overshadowing her pop/beauty side with something more akin to old-school Floria Sigismondi, with a little S&M and even Hostel thrown into the mix.
Is it the apex of female empowerment for Nicki Minaj to take a term Sir Mix-A-Lot used to refer to his manhood and coil it into a reference to her own powerful assets? Or, are we just looking at an excuse to watch booty shake like rattlesnake tails?
Welcome to the insane territory of no-holds-barred postmodern music video, where you don't need to just stop at putting em on the glass; Now you can shatter that glass with ferocious ass-rattling power. In a set-up similar to Katy Perry "Roar" — think of "Anaconda" as the Hard R version — MInaj unleashes the booty and likely renders you speechless (or in the case of lap dance recipient, Drake, painfully immobile).
Can Nicki Minaj co-opt Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Anaconda" and make it a powerfully threatening nickname for her derriere? The answer, of course, is yes — especially saying no to Ms. Minaj is not something I'd recommend.
If ever the time was right for Paris Hilton to give the music world another shot, it's now. Based on this sneak-peek, she can write like Azalea, purr like Miley and can hold down the scene with glo-sticks, LED robots, a giraffe (fake) and Lil Wayne (real).