This is Usher’s best video ever. With Nicki Minaj as the ultimate wingwoman/girl hunter/weapon of mass seduction, Ursh can’t lose. She’s so hot in the Cruella de Vil wig you can’t help but want her to hurt you. She should have been in Saw, that way the slasher flick wouldn’t have needed to use that ridiculous pig mask to pounce on people. Who wouldn’t follow Nicki in to some skeevy warehouse loft?
Nicki opening for Usher on a tour for Raymond vs. Raymond could bring this video to life. Cirque du Soleil is one of the closest comparisons to Usher’s supporting cast of acrobatic pole dancers that continuously turn themselves into pretzels throughout “Lil Freak,” but at least here you don’t need hallucinogens to feel Nicki’s touch. Usher’s good guy playing the bad boy is a throwback to 8701 when leaving your girl in a room with him was a problem (see The Boondocks). Some things should never change.