Video Analysis: Nicki Minaj “Beez in the Trap” Essay
Video Analysis: Nicki Minaj “Beez in the Trap”
Rapper Nicki Minaj’s video for her song “Beez In The Trap” shows the artist in the club filled mostly with women, half-naked dancers, and cameos of the handful of males in her entourage. The atmosphere in the club is more festival than a normal night. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj displays her arrogant, cocky, diva-like attitude on camera while being surrounded by female “groupies.” Normally a video like this would have a male artist exploiting the women in the video. However, this is not the case; at the hands of a female artist, the women are exploited through disrespectful lyrics and inappropriate physical interactions with the female artists, while at the same time the producers exploit the women by showing extreme close-ups of their barely-clothed body parts.
Viewers listening closely to the words of “Beez In The Trap” find that the chorus and the majority of the first verse performed by Nicki Minaj exploit women in a manner like that of most male rappers. The song starts with the chorus and the first line is, “B****es ain’t sh*t and they ain’t sayin’ nothin’,” of course the B-word referring the other women in the video. Going into the first verse, the next few lines imply that she may be bisexual by saying, “…and if she ain’t trying to give it up she get dropped off. Let me bust that U-ie, b***h bust that open, might spend a couple thou just to bust that open…”
In translation, Nicki Minaj says that if the female doesn’t have sex with her, then she is dismissed from her (Nicki’s) group. A “U-ie” is when someone makes a hard U-turn to follow the very extremely attractive women in the car that just passed by in the opposite direction. The last few words indicate that the artist is willing to spend a few thousand dollars on the woman to have sex with her. If an individual were to read these lyrics without hearing the song or watching the video, he or she would think that this artist was a male rapper exploiting women as usual, when in reality it is a female rapper doing the exploiting.
Many of the interactions between Nicki Minaj and the other women in the video are somewhat homosexual. The women who are in the most scenes with Nicki Minaj are desperate for attention and are by the artist’s side at all times when the camera turns on; in other words, these women play the role of “groupies.” Some scenes of the video show her sitting in the VIIP section of the club wearing a green wig, a bikini, fanning herself with hundred-dollar bills. She is sitting in between two similarly exotic-looking women and the artist is putting her face and lips very close to theirs. Nicki Minaj flirts with each one by making seductive faces at them.
In another scene, Nicki Minaj is standing between two different women who are bouncing and shaking their buttocks on her. One of the women has on a short spandex dress accenting her large rear end and the other one is wearing thigh-high fishnet stockings and a G-string. While they are jiggling their butt cheeks the artist, with no hesitation, touches and rubs on their buttocks…and appears to be enjoying it! In this video Nicki Minaj interacts with these women the way that most male rappers interact with the women in their videos.
Not only does the artist exploit the women in the video, but the producers and videographers also take some of the credit. For the entire duration of the video, there are short clips showing all of the women in barely-there bikinis, six-inch high heels, and their bodies are covered in tattoos. More than half of these short clips consist of extreme-close-ups of the women’s buttocks and breasts. One clip during the bridge of the song shows a slow-motion, inappropriately close shot directly into a dancer’s anus (of course she was wearing a thong so her bare anus wasn’t exposed)! Nicki Minaj’s huge rear end and extra-large breasts are a very major part of her appearance, so video producers make that the focus of many of her female extras in her videos.
In the business of hip hop music video production, it is no surprise to see a male rapper exploiting women. However, if it is a woman exploiting other women, in the case of Nicki Minaj’s “Beez In The Trap,”
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 26 December 2016
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