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Watch: Nicki Minaj's new "Starships" video, in which she turns into a sexy alien

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After months of waiting, Nicki Minaj finally beamed down from her spaceship and landed on Earth long enough to premiere the much-anticipated video to her international pop hit, "Starships." She released the video on Friday; it's already amassed more than 5.5 million views. And there's a reason for that. "Starships," the explosion of neon sexiness, is as interesting as it is meaningful. Look at it like this: "Starships," in all of its visual glory, is like symbolically watching Minaj's musical career unfold before our very eyes.

The video, much like the song, is also equally divided into sections: Minaj donning a green wig, a purple wig and a white wig. If you can look past the immediacy of Minaj's vibrant hair colors and breasts in full force -- Minaj is, after all, only ever wearing a swimsuit, wig and heels -- you'll also notice that there's a narrative arc here similar, to an extent, to the way in which Minaj was thrust upon the music world.

Think about it: Here are all of these tribal peoples, living simplistic and uninteresting lives. They lie around, waiting for someone to show up and turn their lives around. The same case could be made for Minaj and hip-hop. Before Minaj, artists had been resting on their laurels, playing it safe, not enjoying what they were doing and fans hard-pressed to enjoy it either. So along comes Nicki Minaj, seemingly out of the blue, much like her starship from the ocean, breathing new life into a tired scene and challenging what people expected from hip-hop artists.

So Minaj, like the alien she is in "Starships," delivers, and the locals take quickly to her charming ways. Sound familiar? Both of her albums hit the top spot on the Billboard 200, and she recently did two tracks on the new Madonna album, not to mention all of her hip-hop collaborations since signing with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.