Right Thru Me
|"Right Thru Me"|
|Single by Nicki Minaj|
|from the album Pink Friday|
|Released||September 14, 2010|
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown|
|Writer(s)||Onika Maraj, Andrew Thielk, Joe Satriani, Stephen Hacker|
|Nicki Minaj singles chronology|
"Right Thru Me" is the second official single from American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj's Young Money debut album, Pink Friday. The song was released as a digital download on September 14, 2010 before being serviced to urban and rhythmic Radio on October 5 and then mainstream radio on November 2, 2010. The song charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
The music video 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. Minaj has promoted the song in several live appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, Saturday Night Live, and 106 & Park.
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.""
Styled with pop-rap tones, "Right Thru Me" features an electronic beat, while being influenced by R&B. The main accompanying melody and chord progression are sampled from the Joe Satriani song "Always with Me, Always with You" from his breakthrough 1987 album Surfing With the Alien. The song has been described as a breezy jam that brandishes a swinging electronic beat, synth melodies, big pop hooks and guitar lines, and triple metre beats. Lyrically, the song describes someone who wonders aloud about how a lover can see the real her.
The song has been described as a straight-shooting rap, in Minaj's multiple-accent style. It has also been described lyrically as a Katy Perry-esque ballad, with Minaj singing about a lover who stands by her through thick and thin. Paul Cantor of MTV News broke the song down lyrically and instrumentally stating "The song finds Nicki talking to a lover, admitting that she puts up walls and tries to hide behind a front, but despite all that, her feelings are really transparent. No matter what she does, she can't escape how she truly feels. The track is all triple-time drum programming and sprightly synthesizer lead lines. It's a perfect backdrop for her to spit. The hook finds Nicki questioning, almost rhetorically."
Erika Brooks Adickman of Idolator gave the song a positive review stating that, "The Harajuku Barbie doll reveals a more vulnerable side to her in this borderline romantic tune—that is until Nicki busts out the repetitive chorus 'How do you do that shit?'. Musically, 'Right Through Me' is quite a departure from her drum-thumping 'Massive Attack', but it lacks the record-breaking rapper’s signature lyrical playfulness heard in 'Your Love'. Treat your ears to Nicki’s latest and judge for yourself. Every time we hear Nicki sing, “How do you do that shit?”, we can’t help but think of the Insane Clown Posse’s hilarious lyric in 'Miracles'." Chris Ryan of MTV Buzzworthy gave the song a positive review accepting the change of style by stating "Make no mistake, Nicki's solo singles--'Massive Attack,' 'Check It Out' and 'Your Love'--all have distinct qualities, but none of them has truly captured Nicki's blinding charisma the way some of her guest verses have. Maybe that's all going to change with 'Right Thru Me.'" Paul Cantor of MTV News commented on the change in pace for Minaj, stating "One thing that's noticeably absent from the song is the different character voices Nicki's become known for. In the cover story of Complex magazine's October issue, she says the voices are something she's pulling back on."
A music video for the single was shot over the weekend of October 1, 2010 in Los Angeles and directed by Diane Martel. Minaj commented on the concept of the music video stating "The concept of the video is boy-and-girl relationship drama, you know, all of the intimate stuff as well as the fighting as well as the self-reflecting type stuff. It's basically just a love story told from the perspective of a very hard girl who doesn't want to give in but she has to." A behind-the-scenes video was released on October 4, 2010. The music video was released for digital download on October 28, 2010.
The music video premiered on October 27, 2010 on MTV. In the video Willy Monfret, a French Caribbean model & DJ (Originally from France, he is the only child of a French mother and a father from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe), plays opposite of Minaj as her love interest. The opening frame of "Right thru Me" begins with Minaj & Monfret fighting at home after returning from an event. The two argue about whether he's "disrespecting her" by talking behind her back, and he threatens to leave after she breaks a glass in frustration. Then Minaj runs to Monfret before he can leave and apologizes for overreacting and asks him to stay. "You have to trust me, that I did nothing wrong." he whispers to her in a form of comfort. The next scene begins with a title screen saying "Right Thru Me" as the song officially starts. As the song begins, both Minaj and Monfret are seen either in bed touching each other sensually and at the beach walking together. Another fight takes place when Minaj tries to prevent Monfret from driving away by refusing to leave the driver's seat of his car. In between the scenes, frames of Nicki behind a full-length window covered with steam are inserted as she sings the chorus. As the video continues, scenes of Minaj and Monfret are shown in an infinity pool twirling around as Monfret carries Minaj in his arms, embracing each other, while the fight from the opening scene are inserted. The video ends with Minaj continually wiping fog from the glass to sing out the rest of the song.
On the day of its premier Rap-Up commented on the music video positively stating, "Hip-hop’s Barbie, who trades in her colorful wigs for a more natural look, shows off her acting chops as she argues with her man." James Montgomery of MTV Buzzworthy reviewed the music video during a behind a scenes look, stating "Yes, from her vast collection of neon wigs to her closet full of skintight outfits, Nicki is rarely, if ever, subtle. But in her upcoming video for 'Right Thru Me,' all of that has changed. Gone are the Kool-Aid accoutrements and Harajuku Barbie getups, replaced instead with a side of the rapper most of her fans have never seen before: a sensitive, softer one.
On the day of its actual release, Hillary Crosley of MTV News commented on the change in pace for Minaj in the video stating, "You can take the girl out of Queens, but you can't take the Queens out of the girl. Nicki Minaj premiered her stripped-down video for 'Right Thru Me' on MTV Wednesday (October 27), and it is quite a departure from her boisterous 'Check It Out' video that debuted Tuesday. Instead of blond hair and futuristic outfits, Nicki looks like she's about to walk down Jamaica Avenue in 50 Cent's hometown." An Idolator writer also gave the song a positive review stating "Our favorite thing about Nicki Minaj? Is it the kaleidoscopic fashion? Her obsession with toys? Or her flat-out astounding skills on the mic? While Nicki has blessed us with many things, perhaps our favorite thing about her is that she continues to surprise us. Witness: just two days after laughing it up in a cartoonish clip with will.i.am, she returns with what has to be her heaviest performance ever (yes, more so than Stuck On Broke) — watch her in a rare moment of vulnerability as she plays a disrespected woman in the just-premiered, 'borderline romantic' 'Right Thru Me'. Watch Nicki get personal."
Ed Easton Jr. of 92.3 Now gave the song an extremely positive review, also complimenting Minaj on her change in pace stating, "The flow of the song matches perfectly with the video – even though Nicki wasn’t “Barbied-Up” she still possesses that glow from her we’ve all grown to love. The video may not be filled with her signature random Japanese/Korean culture references or special effects but was still interesting to watch and definitely kept my attention. In all the video was a breath of fresh air for Minaj, bringing her image a little more down to earth for her fans so it deserves a 9 out of 10."
Nicki Minaj premiered the movie for her third album "The Pinkprint" on December 19th, 2014. The movie features Willy Monfret reprising his role as Minaj's boyfriend.
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 has also performed the song on her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.
Charts and certifications
Radio dates and release history
|United States||September 24, 2010||Digital download|
|October 5, 2010||Urban & Rhythmic radio|
|November 2, 2010||Mainstream radio|
|United Kingdom||November 28, 2010||Digital download|
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