Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video was record breaking since the first day it was released on YouTube. Directed by Colin Tilley and filmed within two days in Los Angeles, the hyper-sexual visual premiered on VEVO via YouTube on August 19, 2014. Nicki shared it at midnight and 19.6 million views later, it became the most watched video within a 24-hour time frame on the platform.
Now, Nik’s ass-shaking anthem has reached new heights. Confirmed by Chart Data, the video for “Anaconda” surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube Saturday (April 3). And Nicki becomes the first female rapper with a solo song to reach the monumental milestone. She now has six music videos with more than a billion views, joining Katy Perry and Rihanna as the only female artists that have achieved such a feat.
It’s no surprise Ms. Minaj’s NSFW video would one day surpass this mark. Upon its release — six years ago — it was the most talked about event for days. Co-workers circled around desktops discreetly to watch it, journalists penned think pieces based on its femininity, parodies were made, and the Internet created millions of bootylicious memes that circulated throughout every social media site.
Minaj, at the time, claimed the video promoted sexual empowerment, especially for voluptuous women. “I wanted to reinstate something,” Minaj told ABC News. “Because of the shift in pop culture, even hip hop men are really glorifying the less curvy body.
“I wanted to say, ‘Hey ladies, you’re beautiful,’” Minaj added. “Hopefully, this changes things and maybe it won’t change things, but I love it.”
In a feature interview with GQ Magazine, two months later, Minaj downplayed the hype surrounding the video. “I don’t know what there is to really talk about,” she said. “I’m being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video … I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we’d be dancing with our friends.”
The Pinkprint track was produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz. “Anaconda” samples Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 banger “Baby Got Back.” Both the song and music video received his stamp of approval.
“Ok after watching @NICKIMINAJ Anaconda 37times I only have one word to sum up my feelings. DAMNNNNN!!!!!!” he tweeted.
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.@NICKIMINAJ is the first female rapper to have a solo song surpass 1 billion views on YouTube.— chart data (@chartdata) April 3, 2021
.@NICKIMINAJ's "Anaconda" has now surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube.— chart data (@chartdata) April 3, 2021