Instead of staying in the states for the 4th of July, Nicki Minaj continued to work as she flew down to her homeland Trinidad & Tobago to shoot her new video for her next single “Pound The Alarm”. I totally forgot about this track and wondered what it sounded like for her to get an idea to shoot the video with a carnival scene in Trinidad. Its one of her dance pop tracks on the album and she even sent out a notice in T&T to cast 500 extras to be in the video for the carnival scene that is being directed by Benny Boom.
Speaking of Nicki, it seems like another rapper turner pop artist Will.I.Am came to the forefront to defend Nicki with her bipolar music. He spoke to Vibe Magazine and gave his whole 10 cents on her musical direction:
“I’m proud of Nicki. You can’t listen to this stuff about not being real hip-hop. You gotta go and get it. Whatever the music is called that’s what it’s called whether it’s hip-hop, pop, rock, gospel or a freaking musical, who cares? Nicki is an artist and she is expressing herself. Why limit yourself?”
“Hip-Hop was broadening itself in the ‘90s,” he says. “You had A Tribe Called Quest and Death Row…you had Lauryn Hill singing and rapping. You had Too Short, Outkast, Nas and the Roots. Hip-Hop was broadening itself. Now hip-hop is limiting itself. If hip-hop is going to continue to limit people I say ‘F-ck hip-hop.’ It’s like the most unhealthiest community.”
“People should really be tripping off the fact that all of our hip-hop heroes are dying. Heavy D is dead and Erick Sermon recently had a heart attack. And we still talking about Nicki Minaj doing dance music? Get the f-ck out of here. I want Nicki to continue to show the world what hip-hop can be. It doesn’t have to always be about f-cking this stripper girl or getting money. I would rather be interested to hear what Chuck D thinks than some blogger or radio host.”