Beyonce and Nicki Minaj Are “Flawless” in New Live Music Video: Watch

Bow down! Beyonce released a new music video on Monday, Oct. 6, treating fans to five previous minutes of a joint live performance with none other than Nicki Minaj.

Two months after Queen Bey first debuted her “***Flawless” remix with Minaj, the singer, 33, dropped the track’s accompanying music video this week. 

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The visuals to “***Flawless (Remix),” open with Beyonce on stage in Paris for one of the final nights of her On The Run Tour with husband Jay Z. Against her trademark black-and-pink background, Beyonce begins to sing “***Flawless” as audio from acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie plays and flashes across the screen, reading, “Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”

Breaking it down in a printed, sleeved one-piece, the Grammy winner begins, “You wake up, flawless / Post up, flawless / Ridin’ round in it, flawless / Flossin’ on that, flawless.” She then continues to perform the meme-inspiring single from her self-titled surprise 2013 album, crooning and working it with an army of backup dancers.  

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Midway through the song, Blue Ivy‘s mother changes the lyrics from her original words, altering the message to make reference to her infamous elevator scuffle with Jay Z and her sister Solange. Teasing something new to fans, she raps, “Of course sometimes shit go down / When it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.” 

The performance is hardly over, however, as Bey then brings Nicki Minaj out to the sold-out show in Paris. Introduced by her real name Onika, the “Anaconda” rapper struts out in skintight printed onesie, spitting “The queen of rap, slayin with Queen Bey / If you ain’t on the team, you plain’ for team D.”

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Minaj, 31, spoke about getting the chance to work with Beyonce earlier this year. “[My manager] Gee [Roberson] called me when I was on my way to Vegas, and he said, ‘Beyoncé wants you to remix ‘Flawless,'” she told Hot 97 this past August. “And after I got proper medical help and started breathing again, I was like, ‘What?'” She went on to add that Beyonce was “such a sweetheart” and gave her the room to exercise her originality, telling Minaj, “I want you to be you — I don’t want you to hold back.”

Watch the new “***Flawless (Remix)” visuals in the video above!

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