I'm Out cover
Features Nicki Minaj
Released May 22, 2013
Recorded 2013
Format Digital download
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 3:58
Label Epic Records
Writer Planet VI, Ciara, Onika Maraj
Producer Planet VI, The Co-Captains
Single information
Single release May 22, 2013
Video release June 30, 2013
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"I'm Out" is a song by Ciara from her fifth album Ciara, which features guest vocals by Nicki Minaj. The song will serve as the second single from the album. It was written by Planet VI, Ciara, and Onika Maraj, and it was produced by Planet VI, and The Co-Captains. It premiered on radio at radio station Power 105.1 on May 22, 2013 and was later released online. A music video was shot on June 1, 2013, and was released at the BET Awards 2013 pre-show on June 30, 2013.


Nicki Minaj was rumored to appear on Ciara's album when it was formerly called One Woman Army on June 7, 2012, when DJ SNS, at an album listening in New York, said that he heard a collaboration with Minaj.[1] Ciara clarified in an interview at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, on October 25, that the record DJ SNS heard was one where just Ciara appeared called "Super Turnt Up" and Minaj was not going to be on her album, but revealed that she was collaborating with her in another record.[2]

On April 2, 2013, Minaj had an interview with MTV News an revealed that she is planned to appear on Ciara's album: "I've been working with [her] a lot." "I'm in the studio to finish up a couple things for her today," Minaj told to interviewer Christina Garibaldi, "She has this dope, dope, dope song. I can't wait for the Barbz to hear it."[3] The next day, April 3, Ciara took to Twitter saying, "#MurderWasTheVerseThatSheGaveMe," being retweeted by Minaj.[4] The name of the track and the appearance of it was confirmed on April 15 when Ciara posted the track listing of her renamed and self-titled album Ciara.[5] Ciara said in an interview with MTV that "the energy of the record is so dope, and it's really for the ladies, and Nicki just killed the verse," she told MTV News on April 26. "She literally murdered it, like she got that throw-back, that thing that she does that's so special. She went in."[6]

The anticipated track was finally released on May 22, at DJ Prostyle radio station Power 105.1.[7] The explicit version was released shortly afterwards on the Internet. It was the #1 most added song on Urban radio before its release date. Ciara confirmed that the song will serve as her second single but it yet doesn't have a radio release date.[8] "I'm Out" was officially released as a digital download on July 9, 2013, along the album.[9]

Critical reception Edit

"I'm Out" received rave reviews by music critics. Carrie Battan from Pitchfork said that the song is a "reminder that Nicki Minaj remains one of the most technically thrilling rappers alive in spite," also commenting that Minaj's is the highlight of the song.[10] Edwin Ortiz from Complex gave a positive review of the track, enjoying the "animated production" and commenting that the females "deliver with an energy that's undeniable."[11] Sam Lansky from gave the song a very positive review, praising Ciara's and Minaj's work in the song.[12] Jordan Sargent from SPIN called the song a "girls' night-out anthem" and commented that Ciara and Minaj "breathe fire" on the song."[13] Erika Ramirez from Billboard cataloged the song as a "club banger" and enjoyed the production.[14]

Music VideoEdit

Music Video Information
Ciara - I'm Out ft

Ciara - I'm Out ft. Nicki Minaj

Premiere June 30, 2013
Filmed June 1, 2013 & June 2, 2013
Director Hannah Lux Davis
Production co London Alley
Exec. producer Luga Podesta
Length 4:02
On May 22, 2013, it was confirmed that the music video would be shot on June 1 and June 2, 2013. Minaj confirmed that the video will be shot in New York City.[15] It was shot by music video director Hannah Lux Davis. The video premiered at the BET Awards 2013 pre-show on June 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM CST,[16] and was uploaded to Ciara's VEVO channel on YouTube soon after.

Stills Edit

Live performances Edit

"I'm Out" was first performed live at Jimmy Kimmel Live! by Ciara. Both Ciara and Nicki performed the song on June 30, 2013 at the BET Awards 2013. Ciara along has performed the song numerous times in other interviews or concerts, without Minaj.

Acapella Version Edit

On June 7, 2013, Nicki Minaj posted an acapella version of "I'm Out" on her website.

Charts Edit

Chart (2013) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 41
Australia Urban (ARIA) 7
France (SNEP) 159
Germany (Media Control AG) 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 54
UK R&B 12
US Billboard Hot 100 44
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 13
US R&B Songs (Billboard) 4

Lyrics Edit

Explicit version Edit

Clean version Edit

References Edit

  1. Ciara Previews ‘One Woman Army’ at New York Listening Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  2. Exclusive: Ciara Talks ‘One Woman Army,’ Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, & Touring Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  3. MTV First: Nicki Minaj "Working With Future And Other Artists Keeps Nicki Minaj 'Changing'" Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  4. Twitter: #MurderWasTheVerseThatSheGaveMe Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  5. Ciara renames album Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  6. MTV News: Nicki Minaj Killed Ciara's 'I'm Out' Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  7. Twitter: At 4pm I'll be dropping the new @ciara ft @NICKIMINAJ on @Power1051 😎✊✊✊ #TuneInn Rt! Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  8. Twitter: @iTunesMusic @jailynnpratt thank u:). the next single is I'm Out ft my girl @NICKIMINAJ:) You can stream it here >> Retrieved date.
  9. iTunes: Ciara - Ciara Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  10. 'Ciara: "I'm Out" (ft. Nicki Minaj) Review by Carrie Battan form Pitchfork. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  11. Ciara f/ Nicki Minaj "I'm Out" Review by Edwin Ortiz from Complex. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  12. Ciara & Nicki Minaj's "I'm Out" Review by Sam Lasnky from Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  13. Ciara and Nicki Minaj Breathe Fire on Girls'-Night-Out Anthem 'I'm Out' Review by Jordan Sargent from SPIN. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  14. Ciara, 'Ciara': Track-by-Track Review Review by Erika Ramirez from Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  15. Twitter: Yup > RT “@MariaLovesOnika: Nic are u filming "I'm Out" video in NY??” Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  16. ciara: Plus... #IMOUTVIDEO Premiere! Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  17. Rap Genius: Ciara – I'm Out Lyrics Retrieved May 23, 2013.