Nicki Minaj’s ‘High School’ Music Video: Look By Look

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

Despite the fact that Nicki Minaj has been ALL over the place recently, what with her American Idol gig, her Pink Friday perfumes (and the accompanying bottle clothing collection) and her ELLE cover, we’ve got to admit, we miss her live shows. The pop star says she’s (understandably) too busy with her various fashion projects to plan a tour right now, though, and you know what? That’s OK, because her new “High School” video is an excellent alternative.

Yep, after days of giving sneak peeks and BTS snaps on Twitter, the time has finally come! Barbz dropped her video upon the world earlier this morning in her MTV First, and we’ve had the neon-drenched clip on loop ever since. Director Benny Boom captured the lovey dovey vibes between Nicki and Lil Wayne (who’s also featured on the track), following the duo as their steamy romance heats up in and around a gorgeous mansion. Not to mention, there’s also some crime and jewelry thievery thrown in for good measure (but you’ll have to watch to find out what happens!). The style is predictably eye-popping, with Nicki swapping her Moschino, Balmain and McQueen “realness” for highlighter-hued swimwear and body con dresses. But enough with the generalities…let’s get down to business. Get all the “High School” nitty gritty outfit deets below.

BRIGHT PINK BATHING SUIT

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

Are you awake yet? Well, now you are, thanks to Nicki werking it in this hot pink cut-out bathing suit by Herve Leger. The look might be a throwback to her “Starships” music video, where she rocked a pink bikini, but the deja vu ends there. She’s traded the green locks of yesteryear for her new pared-down hairstyle, some high heels, and lots of gold jewelry. You know, just your average lounging-by-the-pool uniform….if you’re Nicki Minaj, anyway.

NOT-SO MELLOW YELLOW

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

Next up, the singer slipped into a demure yellow sleeveless frock by Herve Leger. Um, we need to talk about this dress: between the diamond open-appliques, the ruffles at the bottom, and the seriously body-hugging silhouette, this look showcases Nicki’s chic new style perfectly, and we love it. If you have $1,500 lying around and want to cop the look for yourself, here you go. Dare to dream, right?

LIME GREEN ONEPIECE

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo:Cash Money/Young Money

Proving that one bathing suit is never enough, Nicki whipped out a lime green cut-out maillot. This was one of the looks we first spotted in the BTS peeks of the video, and it looks just as good as we’d hoped.

LIL WAYNE, BUCKET HATS AND BIRDMAN

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

So, remember when we told you that bucket hats are back this summer?! Lil Wayne definitely got THAT memo. Weezy’s hopping on the trend train early in a hyper-coordinated olive green ensemble. Birdman’s looking pretty stylin’ as well, in his brown leather jacket and shades.

CRISS-CROSS DRESS

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

Nicki’s killing it in an ultra glam criss-cross dress and stick-straight locks, whereas Lil Wayne’s going cas’ in a white graphic tank. It’s a rap romance that proves that opposites really do attract.

SEPARATES STEEZ

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo:Cash Money/Young Money

Just in case you’re ever curious about one wears while hanging out in a drug lord’s mansion, um, just take a cue from Nicki in hot pants and over-the-knee-laceup boots.

LIL WAYNE’S RED BOTTOMS

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

OH hey there, Lil Wayne! We see you working those red print bottoms by the pool. If anyone can pull off such loud trousers, it’s Weezy. Also, like the oh-so-subtle Trukfit shoutout in this scene, too…

LACE CORSET

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

WOW, are your eyeballs popping out of your head? Because here’s Nicki heating things up in a sultry lace corset. Sure, we can talk about the narrative of the video and all that (drug lords, jewelry, crime, etc) but we’ve got a feeling this racy scene is what most red-blooded viewers of this vid are going to remember.

BEDAZZLED BURGLAR

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video.
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

You know you’re dealing with a super luxe criminal when they raid a safe dressed in a diamond-encrusted mask. Just sayin’.

LEATHER AND LEGGINGS

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “High School” music video..
Photo: Cash Money/Young Money

The video ends with an outfit that is just so totally Nicki, right?! The pop star’s leaving us on a high fashion note, decked out in graphic print dragonfly leggings by Alexander McQueen and a leather jacket. Lil Wayne’s going incognito in a utilitarian coat, as the pair make their great escape via helicopter into the night.

+ WATCH NICKI MINAJ’S “HIGH SCHOOL” MUSIC VIDEO

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