Minaj releases Starships video from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The video is directed by Anthony Mandler and features Minaj in a bikini covered in body paint, rapping on a beach. When asked about the Pop sound of Starships and why she is singing on the track Minaj replies:
I did a song called Knockout with Lil Wayne about three years ago. Nobody said anything about that. Why? Because it didn’t become huge like Starships. That’s what irritates me. People always want to talk about who I was, but I’ve always been singing, always been experimenting with pop music. So the fact that it got huge one day, should I apologize for that? Should I apologize that Starships and Super Bass did well, and children like them, and Middle America can sing along? There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m just broadening my fan base. I think everyone should enjoy music.