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MUSIC: “Freedom” Rings For Nicki Minaj

For her latest video, Nicki Minaj is apparently celebrating her “Freedom” from her usual cotton-candy wigs (but not those outlandish ensembles). It’s an appropriately somber move for a song that shows a more sober side of the usually cartoonish Minaj. She’s still confrontational and attacking her “competition”—an unfortunate standard for female rappers—but the chorus is unexpectedly gorgeous.

Plus, if you caught Live with Kelly & Michael this morning, you know Nicki’s not done with the fright wigs.