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Music Video Review: "Fly" by Nicki Minaj f/ Rihanna

Updated on October 15, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Era of Shame.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Era of Shame. | Source

I would never go anywhere near something as bad as Nicki Minaj's "Fly" with a ten foot pole, but since MTV and Fuse think this is the best thing since slice bread and overplay it to death, I now have no choice but rip it this turd to shreds just like I did with "Moment 4 Life". Let's begin with the concept behind "Fly" -- The setting is post apocalyptic, complete with a crashed plane, dense fog, and many other surroundings just lying around in ruins.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna drive up to the set in an expensive car and the song begins. The entirety of the video mostly involves the two performing amongst the wreckage, then there's a little interlude where Nicki Minaj fights some ninjas (WTF!? More on that in a minute).

A Match Made in Special Ed School

See, one of the big problems with "Fly" is that Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are not a good combination. One's a special ed rapper and a Lil' Kim wannabe all rolled into one, the other is a sexy overdramatic singer.

The end result is that Nicki Minaj's retarded choice of lyrics don't match up with Rihanna's over-the-top one dimensional chorus. Allow me to demonstrate, please bare in mind that this might not be the exact lyrics (word for word) but it's pretty darn close...

Verse 1 (Nicki Minaj)

Yadda Yadda Yadda

Shooby doo-bop

La la la la

Get my hair dunnne


Chorus (Rihanna)

I came to win, to conquer,

To survive, to thrive

To fly...

See what I mean? It's like 'Billy Madison' trying to do an acting collaboration with Madonna. The chorus suggests something epic and dramatic but whenever Nicki Minaj opens her mouth, it just sounds like an immature little kid rapping nonsense over another song. Thinking about all of this and watching the uber-serious expression on Rihanna's face whenever she sings "To thrive" or "To survive" is very laughable.

"Get Ready for It"...

Get ready for... what?

Well, you may find yourself asking that question a lot throughout this video. That's what Nicki Minaj sings during the song's bridge ("Get ready for it, get ready for it, I came to win"). But she never makes it clear what exactly we're getting ready for. What else is new when retards are given record deals.

It's obvious that Nicki Minaj is trying to compensate for something that isn't there. Speaking of compensating for nothingness, what's the deal with the whole ninja sequence? During the song's bridge, we cut to a slightly different set where Nicki Minaj defeats a group of ninjas. Why? What's this have to do with the rest of the song or video? The answer is she put it in there to make it seem like there's more to this video than what meets the eye.

Take away the ninjas, the post apocalyptic setting, and Rihanna's attempt at an epic chorus, and all you have is a sing-along performed by a goofy cross-eyed hooker.

"I represent an entire generation"...

This line is said by Nicki Minaj during one of her verses in "Fly". What's bewildering is that she says it with such pride and confidence, as if it is something to be proud of, when in reality, it certainly isn't. Yes, Nicki Minaj, you do represent an entire generation. A generation which has built its entire foundation around recycling the past, from movies to music.

A generation that has no desire to embrace the treasures of its past, but instead chooses to focus on unoriginality and ADHD-quality entertainment. People like Nicki Minaj and Michael Bay are like two peas in a pod. This generation will go down as the Era of Shame in all of film and music history.


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      SPomposello 5 years ago from NY


      ....I'll wait until you finish your sentence :)

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      WOWWREALLYY 5 years ago

      You review seems a little biased from

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      SPomposello 6 years ago from NY

      Kevin, um... I reviewed both, look back and re-read. When I review a music video, it's almost a necessity to review the song as well because it is a "part" of the video. Hence why one of the things I do is examine the relationship (if any) between the both of them, like I did here.

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      Kevin Higgins 6 years ago reviewed the song not the music video!

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      SPomposello 6 years ago from NY

      One of five people? Wow, that's an understatement. If you don't like my critique, too bad, find someone who likes Nicki Minaj and read their review. My review is my review, it is what it is and I'm not changing my opinion or style for anybody. For your information, it was way way more than two or three mainstream songs. I have no desire to listen to her albums in any of their entirety; I'm sorry but those chosen videos and singles don't draw me to the full product (which is technically the point of them).

      To be fair, I kinda like Nicki Minaj's "Your Love", because it's the only time she sounds serious and not like a retard. The tempo and rhythm of the song also stands out amongst today's techno/dance obsession.

      The truth of the matter is that we are living in the copycat generation, Nicki Minaj is not original, and Young Money is incapable of making any good music with some heart put into it. You think I go against what the majority likes for the fun of it? Ha, just because the majority likes it doesn't necessarily mean it's good.

      The "majority" loved the remake of "The Karate Kid" but when they watched the original one, today's younger generation refers to it as the "bootleg" one because it looks old and boring but the truth of the matter is that without the 1984 original, the 2010 remake would not exist. The same can be said for rapper J. Cole's current situation... If it weren't for Paula Abdul's song, he would not have the chorus for "Work Out".

      Maybe you should get off your high horse and stop acting as if this generation is all "high and mighty".

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      JohnBlack 6 years ago

      Well I guess I'll be first and probably only person commenting on your pathetic attempt at being humorous. First of all not being able to see the connection between the lyrics and the chorus shows me you're a complete idiot. Second calling Nicki a 'special-ed' rapper shows you've heard two or maybe three of Nicki's songs that got mainstream attention and judged her on those. You know what's even funnier I'm probably one of five people who even read your pathetic review... Stop trying to be all high and mighty by going against what the majority likes it makes you look weak and bitchy.