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Nicki Minaj Dropped a Three-Act, Unusually Candid Short Film for The Pinkprint

The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj’s much-delayed new album, was finally released earlier this week. It was worth the wait: track by track, the record is a stellar, “unexpectedly moody” triumph, with Minaj threading her usual bluster with moving strands of confessional storytelling. In keeping with this newfound candor, she’s released a short film that uses four Pinkprint songs—“All Things Go,” “The Crying Game,” “I Lied,” and “Grand Piano”—to render some of the record’s main themes.  

The film, which is divided into three parts, is a somber watch, one that’s perhaps a tad too fond of slo-mo scenes of heartbreak. Still, it’s worth viewing just for the music, and—like “Yours and Mine,” the short film Beyoncé released to commemorate her latest album’s one-year anniversary—it’s an intimate look at an artist who usually keeps her personal life under wraps.