Lil Wayne was released from the hospital on Monday after spending six days in an intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, but in new behind-the-scenes footage from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” video, it’s clear to see that the YMCMB rapper was in great spirits just a couple days prior to his health scare.
While filming the video in LA on March 12, Nicki only shared a few bikini photos with her Twitter followers, but Wayne was very much present on the set, filming his scenes and even taking a few playful shots at his protégé for being pampered in between takes.
In the footage we get a few more shots of Nicki in her bikini as she tests out the hot tub, but when she has some trouble walking in those sky-high Louboutins and doesn’t feel like going it barefoot, she asks a security guard to carry her, to the amusement of Wayne. “You serious Nicki?” Wayne can be heard shouting in the background, as he sees her being carried away. “You make a n—- hold you? You wack as f—!”
Nicki is beside herself with laughter as Wayne takes his shots, and we see them clowning around again later when she asks for his advice on what to wear. He replies, “Nothing!” before launching into a couple lines from 2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song” — “bad bitch contest, you in first place” — to back up his argument.
Wayne is clearly having a good time on the set, replying to Nicki as she gently scolds him about keeping things running smoothly for the shoot, “You don’t have to tell me. This is my dream.” Birdman also makes a cameo between takes, with Nicki making fun of his infamous hand rub and explaining that she initially hoped he’d appear as her husband in the clip.
While Wayne was in the hospital for the past few days, his YMCMB family, including Mack Maine, Birdman, Drake and Nicki, all paid him visits to show their support.