Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj launched herself into superstardom with her debut Album “Pink Friday” in Nov. 2010, when she peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, going platinum just a month after its release.
Just recently Minaj unveiled her newest video entitled “Pound the Alarm,” as a tribute to the spirited culture of her homeland. The video covers various characteristics of Trinidadian culture from eclectic feathered costumes to stilt walkers, fire breathing devils and decorative sailors.
From beginning to end, the video takes the viewer on a musical expedition of Trinidad and Tobago. It depicts the splendor of the country with masqueraders in elaborate costumes and creates the Carnival atmosphere of Port of Spain.
In the video you will see an iron arch which marks the entrance to St. James, Minaj’s hometown, known as the “city that never sleeps” due to its energetic nightlife where at any hour one could indulge in great street food, restaurants and bars.
The video opens as Minaj is standing on a building, singing as she looks out over the town. The camera captures many different shots of Port of Spain. Then the focus returns to the rapper as she appears in a Trinidadian flag themed bra and high-rise panties. Multiple women join her as they are shown dancing, and sporting carnival costumes. Next, Minaj appears on stage in concert with Trinidadian artist Machel Montano, Bunji Garlinand Fay-Ann Lyons, as confetti falls down and members in the audience throw up the Trinidadian flag.
Towards the end of the video, Minaj sits atop a stereo speaker while fireworks shoot up into the night sky. She then forms a conga line and dances with some of her fellow countrywomen. Minaj is then seen wrapping a Trinidadian flag around her mouth.
This video is one that seems to shed light on her true personality and dismisses any notion of Nicki facades, which her critics talk about daily. It’s an undoubtedly creative video that will leave viewers looking forward to her next production.