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Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday
Released September 24, 2010
Recorded 2010
Format Digital download
Genre R&B
Length 3:55
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown
Writer Nicki Minaj
Drew Money
Stephen Hacker
Joe Satriani
Producer Drew Money
Single information
Single release September 24, 2010
Video release October 27, 2010
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"Right Thru Me" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her debut studio album, Pink Friday, and was released as the second single off the album. It was written by Minaj, Victor Alexander, Joe Satriani, and Andrew Thielk, and was produced by Drew Money. It was released as a digital download on September 14, 2010 before being released to urban and rhythmic Radio on October 5 and then mainstream radio on November 2, 2010. A music video was filmed for the song over the weekend of October 1, 2010 and was later premiered on October 27.


While discussing the progress of her debut album with MTV, Minaj discussed a song she described as a "standout" in the entire album. The song "Right Thru Me" is confirmed for the album with Minaj stating, "It's not gonna come right now. It'll come closer to when the album drops, but it's a really, really pretty song. Everyone's gonna like it. It's just really insightful but in a very conversational kind of way." The song was produced and co-written by Andrew "Drew Money" Thielk.

In an interview with ET, Minaj commented on the depth and the meaning of the song stating "The song to me is very, very personal. I haven't spoken about an authentic relationship since I've come out. … Not everybody is rich, not everyone likes jewelry, not everybody likes playing dress-up, but everyone has been in a relationship at some point in their lives, so when you hear a relationship song, it's like, you react."

Live Performances

Minaj performed "Right Thru Me" on The Wendy Williams Show on November 17, on Late Show with David Letterman on November 18, 2010, and again on Live! with Regis and Kelly on November 29, 2010. She later performed the track on Saturday Night Live on January 29, 2011. Minaj also performed the song in her tours two Pink Friday Tours (2010 and 2012), and her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.

Music video

The music video for the single was shot over the weekend of October 1, 2010 and was directed by Diane Martel and was later premiered on October 27. The concept is a boy-girl relationship drama and features Minaj and her love fighting and arguing, with him threatening to leave her while Minaj tries to apologize. The video was met with positive reviews from critics, with many calling it more natural and deep than her fun and costume-filled videos.

Music Video Information
Nicki_Minaj_-_Right_Thru_Me_(Clean_Version) Premiere October 27, 2010
Filmed October, 2010
Director Diane Martel
Producer Unknown
Production co HSI
Exec. producer
Length 5:13
Source Video Static: "Right Thru Me"



  • Recorded at: Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA
  • Mixed at Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA


  • Writers: O. Maraj, A. Thielk, S. Hacker, J. Satriani
  • Producers: Drew Money
  • Recorded by: Ariel Chobaz
  • Recording Assistant: Lyttleton "Cartwheel" Carter
  • Mixed by: Ariel Chobaz
  • Mix Assistant: Lyttleton "Cartwheel" Carter

"Right Thru Me” contains samples of "Always With Me, Always With You" written by Joe Satriani and published by Strange Beautiful Music (ASCAP), performed by Joe Satriani courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.

The credits for "Right Thru Me" are adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday.[1]


Chart (2010) Peak
Australian ARIA Urban Singles Chart 38
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 60
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 71
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) 18
US Billboard Hot 100 26
US Pop Songs (Billboard) 32
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 4
US Rap Songs (Billboard) 3

Media usage

The song was mentioned and partially rapped by music superstar Adele in an interview with Elle. When asked "Is there a love song from the past year that you wish you'd written?", Adele responded: "'Right Thru Me' by Nicki Minaj. I really love the lyrics in that one. [Rapping] "You let me hide! Defend my honor! Protect my pride!"[3]



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