High School cover
Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up
Features Lil Wayne
Released November 19, 2012 (album)
April 16, 2013 (single)
Recorded 2012
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 3:38
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Matthew Samuels, Tyler Williams
Producer Boi-1da, T-Minus
Single information
Single release April 16, 2013
Video release April 2, 2013
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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up track listing
"High School" is track number 4.
Previous track
"Hell Yeah"
Next track
"I'm Legit"

"High School" is a song by Nicki Minaj from the re-release of her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up, which features guest vocals from Lil Wayne. The song is the second single of The Re-Up, seventh and final single overall. It was written by Minaj, Lil Wayne, Matthew Samuels, and Tyler Williams, and it was produced by Boi-1da, and T-Minus. It leaked on November 16, 2012, and was released on November 19, 2012, with the whole album. It was officially released to Rhythmic radio on April 16, 2013, being the most added song to both Urban and Rhythmic radio during that week. A music video was shot on March 11, 2013, and premiered on April 2 on MTV at 10:53 a.m. ET, and on VEVO later that day. It has been certified Gold in the US.


"High School" leaked with the whole album on November 16, 2012, and was officially released on November 19, 2012. On November 29, Minaj opened a poll to determinate by the fans which song of the album should be the next single. "I'm Legit" won the poll with the most votes, while "High School" placed second, followed by "Up In Flames" third, "Hell Yeah" in fourth, and "I Endorse These Strippers" in fifth.[1] Though "I'm Legit" won the poll, "High School" replaced it as the next single.

Minaj confirmed the release of the song as a single in an interview with MTV on February 28, 2013: "I'm about to shoot another single off The Re-Up," she told MTV News, "the song is called 'High School' with Wayne."[2] The song was released as a single at Rhythmic radio on April 16, 2013.[3]

Continuation of "Hood Story"

When the album dropped, fans noticed that "High School" reminded them of a mixtape song called "Hood Story". It was included on her first mixtape called Playtime is Over. Nicki recycled the verses "he said he came from Jamaica" and "he owned a couple of acres". At the end of "Hood Story", Nicki whispered, "To be continued", but it was never finished until now. She indirectly confirmed this speculation by retweeting "HOOD STORY PART 2".[4]


The cover artwork of "High School" was released as the profile picture of Minaj twitter on March 19, 2013.[5] The artwork is retrieved from a shoot of the music video of the song where Minaj is in a jacuzzi with her neon green bathing suit.

Critical reception

The song received favorable reviews. Jeffries from AllMusic said that the song "restores faith with three-and-half minutes of driven, witty filth." He also noticed that "The Re-Up comes on with such an anti-Roman, back-to-basics attitude that it slowly slithers up to the Wayne track.[6] Women in Hip Hop website gave a very positive review to the track saying that "aggressive voice and flow is a winning factor on this song, Lil Wayne did well and the catchy chorus helped round it out."[7]

Bené Viera from VH1 Tuner appreciate Minaj's "storytelling capabilities."[8] Jesal Padania from RapReviews commented negatively saying that "it's another song that doesn't really cut it," and it's "not compared to 'Roman Reloaded'."[9]

Music Video

Music Video Information
Nicki Minaj - High School (Explicit) ft

Nicki Minaj - High School (Explicit) ft. Lil Wayne

Premiere April 2, 2013
Filmed March 11, 2013
Director Benny Boom
Producer Brandon Bonfiglio
Production co London Alley
Exec. producer Luga Podesta
Length 4:07
Source VideoStatic


In an interview in Dubai, Nicki confirmed that she will be filming a music video for "High School" or "I'm Legit" in 2013.[10] In February 22, 2013, a fan asked when will the video be shot when Nicki was doing an UStream. She responded that she will shoot it in a few weeks.[11], confirming the shoot in March 6.[12] The video was shoot on March 11[13][14] by Benny Boom[15] in Los Angeles.[16]

The video debuted at 10:53 a.m. ET during 'MTV First,' on April 2, 2013 showing across MTV's 300-plus digital properties across the globe.[17] The explicit version premiered on VEVO on April 2, 2013.

Behind the scenes



Minaj posted some pictures of the video shoot on March 12, 2013.[18] On March 19, Minaj posted a behind the scenes video filmed and produced by Grizz Lee.[16] She appears in a jacuzzi while showing her hot body in a neon green bikini, even inviting the crew to join in. She changes multiple times and is carried around set by a bodyguard. Wayne and Birdman also appear in the video. He suggests that she films in her birthday suit. Nicki originally wanted him to play her husband in the clip. "I would've loved that," he tells her.[16]

Live performances

"High School" was performed for the first time live at Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with "Va Va Voom", "Freedom", "I'm Legit", and "Roman in Moscow" on January 25, 2013. She also performed it at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards with Lil Wayne on May 19, 2013, and on June 22, at the Power 106 Powerhouse along with "Beez in the Trap".



  • Recorded at: Studio Malibu, Malibu CA & The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami FL
  • Mixed at: Studio Malibu, Malibu CA
  • Mastered at: Chris Athens Masters, Austin TX


  • Writers: Onika Maraj, Dwayne Carter, Matthew Samuels, Tyler Williams
  • Producers: Boi-1da & T-Minus
  • Recorded by: Ariel Chobaz & Michael “Banger” Cadahia
  • Mixed by: Ariel Chobaz & Boi-1da
  • Mastered by: Chris Athens

The credits for "High School" are adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up.[19]


Chart (2012-13) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 57
Australia Urban (ARIA) 6
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 81
France (SNEP) 91
Germany (Media Control) 79
Ireland (IRMA) 47
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 83
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 31
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) 6
US Billboard Hot 100 64
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 20
US Rap Songs (Billboard) 15

Release history

Region Date Format
Worldwide November 19, 2012 Digital download (with album)
United States April 16, 2013 Rhythmic radio[3]


Explicit version

Clean version

Live clean version


  1. The Re-Up single poll Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  2. Will Nicki Minaj Break Up With 'Idol' For New Album? Retrieved March 29, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Top 40 Rhythmic radio Future Releases Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  4. Twitter: HOOD STORY PART 2 TEAS RT @GoAwayStupidHoe: yooo on High School you BLACKED @NICKIMINAJ ...mixtape teasss Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  5. Twitter: . Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  6. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, the Re-Up review by David Jeffries from AllMusic. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  7. [REVIEW: Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded: The RE-UP”] from Women in Hip Hop. Retrieved November 21, 2012
  8. “Dear Old Nicki” Finally Calls Back And Delivers The Re-Up by Bené Viera from VH1 Tuner. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  9. Nicki Minaj :: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded the Re-Up :: Cash Money Records review by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania from RapReviews. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  10. Nicki Minaj interview in Dubai
  11. YouTube: NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ on USTREAM 22 February 2013 Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  12. Twitter: No but chose a treatment and a date :) ---> RT @_kevinminaj RT @StuntOnBitches: @NICKIMINAJ Have you shot high school yet?:') Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  13. Twitter: Studio today, Video tomorrow :-) ------> RT @mylifeisNicki: @NICKIMINAJ talk to us. So, whatcha got planned for the day ? Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  14. Retweeted by @NICKIMINAJ: High School video, hopefullyyyyyyy Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  15. Rap-Up: Nicki Minaj Teases ‘High School’ Video with Bikini Pics Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Behind the Video: Nicki Minaj f/ Lil Wayne – ‘High School’ Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  17. Nicki Minaj's 'High School' To Premiere On Tuesday: Watch A Sneak Peek Now! Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  18. Twitter: On the set of High School ft. Lil Wayne Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  19. Digital booklet of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  20. Rap Genius: Nicki Minaj – High School Lyrics Featuring: Lil Wayne Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  21. YouTube: Nicki Minaj - High School feat. Lil Wayne Live Billboard Music Awards 2013 Retrieved May 21, 2013.