Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up
|Released||November 19, 2012 (album)|
April 16, 2013 (single)
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B|
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic|
|Writer||Onika Maraj, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Matthew Samuels, Tyler Williams|
|Single release||April 16, 2013|
|Video release||April 2, 2013|
|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up track listing|
|"High School" is track number 4.|
"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. 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." The song was released as a single at Rhythmic radio on April 16, 2013.
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".
The cover artwork of "High School" was released as the profile picture of Minaj twitter on March 19, 2013. 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.
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. 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."
Bené Viera from VH1 Tuner appreciate Minaj's "storytelling capabilities." 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'."
"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".
- The line "He said he came from Jamaica" was also used in "Hood Story"
|Premiere||April 2, 2013|
|Filmed||March 11, 2013|
|Production co||London Alley|
|Exec. producer||Luga Podesta|
In an interview in Dubai, Nicki confirmed that she will be filming a music video for "High School" or "I'm Legit" in 2013. 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., confirming the shoot in March 6. The video was shoot on March 11 by Benny Boom in Los Angeles.
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. 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. On March 19, Minaj posted a behind the scenes video filmed and produced by Grizz Lee. 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.
- 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
|Australia Urban (ARIA)||6|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||81|
|Germany (Media Control)||79|
|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|
|Worldwide||November 19, 2012||Digital download (with album)|
|United States||April 16, 2013||Rhythmic radio|