Hot Shot: Usher & Nicki Minaj On Set Of ‘Lil Freak’ Video

Published: Tuesday 16th Mar 2010 by Sam

R&B star Usher posed it up with Nicki Minaj on the set of their video for new single ‘Lil’ Freak’, which was shot last week in Los Angeles. The clip was directed by TAJ (also pictured).

With ‘Lil’ Freak’ serving as the track which has, thus far, garnered the most buzz from Usher’s ‘Raymond v Raymond’ LP (due March 30th), it was a pretty smart move on his team’s part to give it the single treatment. With the video no doubt set to drop around the album’s release, it’ll likely give the LP a healthy first week boost.

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  1. Aundrea March 16, 2010

    Ciara is also in the video Sam! It was supposed to be a surprise but the director accidently said thank you for her being on set lol

  2. Dilla March 16, 2010

    I dunno. This seems like a good combination so let’s see.

  3. AalexisR (The Bahamas) March 16, 2010

    I love the song so…

  4. KOOPER March 16, 2010


  5. YouPutTheLimeInTheCoconut March 16, 2010

    Is she trying to be the black “lady gaga” or something?

  6. @kooper March 16, 2010

    lol @ kooper with the all caps lock .
    calm down honey this is just a picture

  7. KOOPER March 16, 2010

    I was getting my Kayne on…

  8. Carl March 16, 2010

    LOL @ all these mad people getting all frissy over music. ¬_¬ ANYWAYS. Continue to slay Nicki!! I love u and you have my support!!! COPPING THAT ALBUM!!!!

  9. ozzy March 16, 2010

    @ KOOPER

    its not that ur beef anyway. i love the song, theres a lot of buzz…hes still usher and nikki is hot!! Its quite unfair to say he should get back with chilli to sell records.he has a life u know.. besides chilli…i’m coping the album. and i definitely think hes coming real hard this time around.stop hating!!!

  10. Mrs. Darren shellychelle Sharper March 16, 2010

    I heard Ciara is supposed to be in this? I wanna see how she fits into it.

  11. Mr.Q March 16, 2010

    So pretty, s*** and funny

  12. Ghetto Fab March 16, 2010

    Oh God! This is probably going to flop like the last single. First he’s singing about “Daddy” being home, now its about “lil freaks??” Get it together USher. There is no buzz surrounding his s*** and I’m almost certain everything gon flop!

  13. R. March 16, 2010

    @Ghetto Fab:

    He is not going to bomb this time. Mind U! He is not going to flop u will for wishing horrible things on Usher.

    This song and hey Daddy are still gaining airplay let’s wait till Hey Daddy falls so we can judge but neither song will flop nor this album, it should outsell Here I stand. To everyone else he does not need to cheat to succeed. Just good music as soon as this song and OMG get promo and sent for adds and a video it’s going to be huge.

  14. rip king of pop March 16, 2010

    have any of u heard usher new album if u have yall lot wouldnt be talking smack bout how he going to flop his album is really good yall need to go cop it when it comes out…im for sure copin mine

  15. March 16, 2010

    nicki’s a one trick pony with her delivery/lyricism and the attention w**** outfits are a no. song’s wack and it shows how desperate usher is for success when he tacks on a flavor of the month. this’ll do worse than the “here i stand” LP. book it.

  16. EphriamV March 16, 2010

    Usher has seemed to have lost a bit of his swag… not feeling any of his releases as well as leaks. The music sounds outdated and have album-filler status. He needs a new sound and new image for marketing. I laugh every single time I hear “Daddy’s Home” on the radio. It sounds like a song from 1990-1992.

  17. Nicki Is The Best ! March 16, 2010

    Nicki Minaj is not tryin to be the ” Black Lady GaGa ” she was like this way before Lady GaGa, SHE’S ORIGINAL UNLIKE LADY GAGA !!! do you research . . .

  18. cool chick March 16, 2010

    i used to like Nicki a lot but she has become rather annoying lately
    she is WEIRD, like unstable, needs to be institutionalized weird. And she tries too damn hard to be that way. Pretty, but ghetto as hell

    Usher is so unappealing to me now and i’m not getting his album simply beacuse all the crap he has been releasing sounds horrible. But i will admit, i do like this song and i hope the vid doesnt suck

  19. rip king of pop March 16, 2010

    all of u lot need to stfu and stop hatin on usher man….like ive always said he is one of the best rnb singers we have left cant u lot apperciate his talent we all know very well how talented he is and what a great entertainer he is…..all this bad vibe will make his album tank show him love and support real talent man

  20. UKkingsman March 16, 2010

    Love the song, hopefully Usher will get his s*** back! Director Taj also responsible for
    UK girl group SHiiKANE’s debut single “Bamboo dey chop (Say goodbye)” check the video out!!
    The UK appears to be stepping their game up big time!!

  21. BJ March 16, 2010

    Why does it seem like Usher has been wearing the same thing in every video lately?

  22. Kacy March 16, 2010

    Nicki Minaj needs to do her own thing and stop acting like a fame hungry w****. Lady Gaga said it best “I dont think i’ll be collaborating with anyone else anytime soon because I think it’s important to establish yourself as an act rather than riding off the backs of others”. Which is clearly what Nicki is doing. That’s how she’s made her fame, NOT off her own music talent. It’s damn shame!

  23. money honey March 16, 2010

    umm actually Nicki did call herself ‘the black lady gaga’ in a interview a few months ago lol whamp whamp, but as far as Usher goes i wish him luck wit his new record.. im interested in his album sales this time around cuz ‘here i stand’ wuz not the business lol

  24. R. March 16, 2010


    U r a great Usher fan! The album will have a rough start because of the bad vibe floating around him, eventually he is going to be back doing his thing. He will slowly outsell Here I Stand let’s just remember at the end of the day, this era will end and Usher will do pretty good. Then after this era everyone will forget about his personal drama and then after RvR is over the public will gain more interest in his next album when the next era comes and vice versa, so in the end Usher is #1 and people will be sorry for being so mean to him. We got to pray hard for his return b/c it’s us fans who are responsible for Usher’s success not the good for nothing lifeless haters. Let’s make this happen and hope for the best for Usher and his awesome singles Hey daddy, Lil Freak and OMG b/c they are going to be popular.

  25. U. March 16, 2010

    To all who think his material sucks, screw u, u have not even heard his album. It’s an A++++++++++++++++++++! For u guys being ex Usher fan/ haters u all fail F++++++++++. Usher is phenomenal and he never left the rnb scene or fell off, u fans/ haters should be ashamed b/c u lost your trust in Usher.

  26. _NoBitchAssNess March 17, 2010

    Ciara is in the vid too… Can’t wait for it.

  27. Forever Usher Fan March 17, 2010

    I know that this video is gon’ be off the hook! Just like everything Usher puts out. The song is nuts the beat goes hard and I know alot of people are anticipating for this album to come out. Dont download it, go buy it. Usher is the only thing that we can good entertainment out of now that MJ has passed.

  28. rip king of pop March 17, 2010

    yh usher is one hell of a entertainer…im def buying his album this era will do just fine lil freak is a good song does anyone know when the video will premiere im sure very soon as the album will be out under 2 weeks

  29. marley March 22, 2010

    I heard that CC is the lead-girl in the video!
    Can’t wait.

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