Nicki Minaj FaceTimes Her Rap in Major Lazer's 'Run Up' Video - Rolling Stone
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Nicki Minaj, Major Lazer Skewer Smartphone Obsession in ‘Run Up’ Video

Clip, also featuring PartyNextDoor, mocks smartphone obsession

EDM supergroup Major Lazer parodies how smartphone addiction highlights our worst selves in the video for “Run Up,” featuring Nicki Minaj and vocalist PartyNextDoor.

In the clip, PartyNextDoor arrives at a house filled with drinking and dancing partygoers, who document every second of the bash with selfies, videos and texting. After the directors add a clever pause for buffering, Minaj beams in her rapped verse via FaceTime. The directors of the video, French collective Paul, Luc & MartinPaul, explained the concept “was to laugh at ourselves and at the unconditional love we bear to our smartphones.”

Major Lazer are expected to release their fourth LP, Music Is the Weapon, later this year, though the electronic crew have yet to announce a date or track list. In recent months, the trio have issued collaborations with Justin Bieber and MØ (“Cold Water”), EDM duo Showtek (“Believer”) and dancehall group Bad Royale (“My Number”).

The group’s documentary Give Me Future, filmed at their historic 2016 concert in Havana, Cuba, premiered in January at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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