Minaj tough, tender, troubling on 'Pinkprint'

December 15, 2014 6:26 PM

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Anaconda, the mega-hit second single from Nicki Minaj's new album, The Pinkprint (**½ out of four stars; out today), elicited controversy with its graphic attention to a certain feature of the female form. But there was less debate over the description, in the song, of a "boy toy" who had "shootouts with the law" but "lived in a palace" and "bought me Alexander McQueen."

Minaj's latest video, for the lean, darkly thumping Only, also from Pinkprint, casts her as the chief dominatrix in an S&M den in which men are beaten and bloodied by babes. After she pours her verse over a thick bassline, guests Drake and Lil Wayne playfully confirm she hasn't slept with them, yet,...

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