Nicki Minaj’s 'Freedom' Video Is Heavy With Symbolism

Nicki Minaj Sfreedomvideo Is Heavy With Symbolism

By Henna Kathiya

Nicki Minaj takes a different approach in her new video Freedom ,' which is a bit of a departure from the rap queen’s usual colorful and animated videos. In the Colin Tilley-directed video, the YMCMB rapper delivers sharp lines in a beautiful black and white setting rich with symbolism.

The first verse finds Nicki in a long sleeved black dress and a crown of thorns referencing Jesus’ sacrifice. She opens the song with lines directed at her haters, They'll never thank me for opening doors/ They ain't even thank Jesus when he died on the cross/Cause your spirit is ungrateful/ Bitches is so hateful/ I remain a staple.

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The Pink Friday MC continues to build herself up, referencing her steady rise in the industry rhyming about her commercials and Pink Friday fragrance . However she does credit some of her success to her crew, making shout outs to Lil Wayne, Mack Maine and others.

Nicki takes on a more aggressive tone as the song goes on. Rhyming her own praises in a decadent gown and royal crown she spits, Queen is the title/ and if you are my rival that means you’re suicidal. I’m just that vital/ I’m always busy never idle. The video eventually transitions from black and white to color- showing the deep vibrant hue of her settings. 'I feel free, I feel freedom,' she raps as her song slowly winds down.