08/05/2014 09:42 am ET Updated Aug 05, 2014

Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Is The Fiercest Take On Female Sexuality Of The Year


One week after Nicki Minaj ignited the Internet with the cover art for her single "Anaconda," she released it again. This time, there was a song attached to the photo. There was also a "Parental Advisory" sticker right over the song and the controversy's main subject: Minaj's ass. Everything about this is brilliant.

The song is pop gold, but there's a powerful feminist twist to it. Minaj samples Sir Mix-a-Lot's hit "Baby Got Back," which includes the now oft-quoted phrase "My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun." This is a classic rap gender and race paradigm (see: the "Thong Song") — the man is in control of the sexual situation, his 'anaconda' described as a predatory animal. But Minaj totally flips the line on its head and raps about the power of a bodacious booty instead.

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