Have rival “American Idol” judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj sparked a new competition this week? They have released new music videos a day apart. On Friday, Mariah premiered her music video for “Almost Home,” a power ballad for the soundtrack for the Disney film Oz: The Great And Powerful. A day earlier, Nicki and French Montana released the clip for their collaboration, “Freaks.”
In Mariah’s “Almost Home” visual, the “We Belong Together” singer adopts an elegant classy look, dressed in a sleeveless, floor-length black gown for her performance shots that are spliced with clips from the film starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams.
For “Freaks,” Nicki displays one of her more explicit looks, exposing her pasties-covered breasts (think Lil Kim at the 1999 VMAs) in French Montana’s raunchy short. Nicki dresses the part, as she rhymes boastful lyrics about meeting a guy and taking him home to “kill him with it” over the reggae track that samples Chake Demus & Pliers’ “Murder She Wrote."
While Mariah and Nicki both have a history of wearing revealing outfits, it’s unclear what prompted the “Super Bass” rapper to take on her most risqué look yet. Was Nicki’s move intended to appease her hip-hop fans that think she abandoned her roots with pop hits like “Starships” and gig judging a mainstream singing competition?
And does Mariah simply play it safe for Disney, or does the straight-laced “Almost Home” video also serve to remind everyone that she is the consummate pop diva, with enough global appeal to earn the distinction as the best-selling-female artist of all time with more than 200 million records sales worldwide?