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Watch a teenage Nicki Minaj flex her acting skills

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Any Nicki Minaj fan worth their salt can tell you that prior to becoming a globetrotting rapper, pop diva, and fashion icon, the erstwhile Onika Maraj was a student at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also known as “the high school from Fame.” But until very recently, actual evidence of her teenage acting years was hard to come by.

That’s changed, at least a teensy tiny bit, thanks to the British TV series You Saw Them Here First, which has dug up a short snippet of high school Nicki in full drama mode. In the brief clip of a scene performed alongside a classmate, she apparently plays a mother desperately trying to regain custody of a child caught up in the legal system. What’s clear is that her flair for the over-the-top was already in place, as evidenced by the dash of improv she brings to the scene in the form of whipping a telephone at her partner with seeming disregard for safety–an early indication that she values audience impact over the tender feelings of the people she’s working with.