• Thu, May 17 2012

Video: Nicki Minaj Keeps Chris Brown At Arm’s Length In The Video For ‘Right By My Side’

How does the video for Nicki Minaj‘s “Right By My Side” (featuring Chris Brown) disappoint me? Let me count the ways.

First and most obviously, it features Chris Brown, who is still The Worst. The fact that I’ve known this for a while does not make it any less annoying. As an allegedly positive female role model, I’m not sure why Nicki Minaj thinks it’s okay to pal around with someone who, not too long ago, hit his girlfriend until she almost died and doesn’t even seem very sorry about it.

Then there’s the blandness of it all. This is by far the most “normal” (i.e. boring) video Nicki has ever done. Or single, for that matter. She wears drab colors, and barely raps at all. I get it that she wants to show different sides of herself, and she still manages to pull a few faces, but compared with the hallucinatory, cute/scary, candy colored visions of the past, “Right By My Side” falls a bit flat. Oh look, she’s with a man. Then she’s not anymore. And then she is! What groundbreaking territory for an R&B video.

Most irritating, though, is the way Nicki seems to want to have it both ways with Chris Brown. She wants the attention (positive or otherwise) that will inevitably come from working with the “controversial” singer, but she knows that appearing to work too closely with him will make people even angrier with her than we are now. So she confines him to some sort of grey alternate universe in which she rarely appears with him, saving 99% of the interaction for her love interest, Nas. Besides being the most superfluous part of the video, this is so not Nicki Minaj’s style. Nicki minaj commits to things. Go big or go home! Could it be that Nicki doesn’t want too much of Chris Brown in her video because it’s a decision she doesn’t fully stand behind?

I could never stay mad at Nicki for long, but this video just doesn’t do it for me. If it’s management that is to blame for this, I suggest she use her star power to stand up to them post-haste.

(Via Idolator)

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  • JAY

    STOP HATING ON NICKI MINAJ AND CHRIS BROWN. THE VIDEO WAS AMAZING. STOP PERSECUTING CHRIS BROWN FOR PAST EVENTS. HE PAID HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY AND DOESNT OWN ANYONE ANY EXPLANATIONS OR FURTHER APOLOGIES. KICK ROCKS HATERS!! HES THE HOTTEST MALE R&B STAR OUT RIGHTNOW. SO EXPECT TO SEE MORE OF HIS TALENT IN VIDEOS, BEHIND THE CAMERA, IN THE ART GALLERY, IN FASHION, AND ON THE BIG SCREEN.

    • Jenni Maier

      Could I have a link to the art gallery?

  • eboni evans

    ok who ever wrote this article DUMB AS FUCK . Like really get off Chris Brown DICK

    • Jenni Maier

      I think you mean get off Chris Brown’s Dick.

  • Calum

    to the person that wrote this….’GET A GRIP’ Chris Brown Is the Best Music Artist And Always Has been!! & stop bringing things up tht happend YEARS AGO!!…& ‘Beat her till she almost died’…PLEASE STOP TALKING RUBBISH! you have went a bit over the score there!!…& Who are you anyway?? everyone knows Chris Brown…but you? pffft! #TEAMBREEZY ! & Nicki Minaj is The Best Female Music Artist…& everyone of her songs are great..so if you think that ‘Right By My Side’ is No Good….Then you obviously dont have a clue!! Cyyyyyyya!

    • Maria

      So if someone beat up your sister, how much time would have to pass before you would be cool with him being famous again? Serious question, I’d like to know how much time is enough time.

  • Larissa

    bahaha Jenni Maier cracks me up. Don’t forget about his super cool stint as a pitbull breeder, guys! Not that there’s millions of pit bull puppies for free or a small donation in every single shelter in the country, or anything. Being destroyed because there’s no place for them. Chris Brown needs to act as an unregistered breeder and then charge $1,000 a puppy. What a guy.

    • Jenni Maier

      Team Breezy cracks me up!

  • Lindsay

    No death threats yet? I’m surprised. Chris Brown is the WORST, kids. He’s a good dancer. That is the only positive thing I can say about this man.

  • big don 2013

    Positive female role model? smdh.

  • Blue

    Rihanna did not almost die. Are you on cocaine? I think NM would tell you to suck a big dick.

  • IG: Taneeka2012

    Pathetic excuse for an article. I don’t give a damn when it was written. It’s still pathetic. The victim has even gotten over it. Who is everybody else to still harp on it? The young man can’t move on because people keep bringing it up.