|Released||November 22, 2010|
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown|
|Writer||Nicki Minaj |
|Producer||Swizz Beatz |
|Pink Friday track listing|
|"Here I Am" is track number 10.|
"Dear Old Nicki"
Pink Friday Diaries
In Nicki Minaj's iTunes Ping, Nicki began a "Pink Friday Diaries" initiative wherein she gave her own insight on the conception, development, and meaning of a selection of songs on her upcoming album; her entry on "Here I Am" is as follows:
Here I Am is the second song I recorded for the album. It was originally going to be called “Letter to the Media”. I felt there were things I needed to get off my chest. I changed it because after listening over and over it sounded as though it could apply to an intimate relationship as well. It’s funny, this song is probably the last song people would expect to hear from me, but it has to be in my top 3 favorites on the album. I’d listen to this song for hours on the plane or at home and pray for the day when I’d truly feel accepted. For me. Not for who everyone thinks I am. Not for who people want me to be. But for me. Here I am. Hate it or love it, here I am. I’ve given all I had to give. I fought. I failed. I won. I cried. I laughed. I screamed. I’m ready. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But here I am.—Nicki Minaj, iTunes Ping "Pink Friday Diaries," November 16, 2010
- Mercedes-Benz is a common recurring reference throughout Nicki's songs, including "Bottoms Up", "Up Out My Face", "Barbie Tingz" and "Majesty".
- Taking or popping pills is also referenced in "Pills N Potions", "Anaconda", "All Things Go", "Shanghai" and "LLC".
- Hercules is also referenced in "MEGATRON".
"Here I Am"
[Verse 1: Nicki Minaj]