This is a track from Pink Friday, the debut studio album by American rapper Nicki Minaj. The song leaked onto the Internet on September 22, 2010.
The song finds the New York MC admitting to a lover that though she tries to hide behind a front, she can't escape how she truly feels about him. Minaj said of the cut to MTV News before it was leaked: "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."
Minaj told Entertainment Tonight the song is relatable to anyone that has ever been in a relationship. "The song to me is very, very personal. I haven't spoken about an authentic relationship since I've come out, so this is my first time where I'm speaking about something very, very authentic that everyone in the world can relate to. Not everybody is rich, not everybody likes jewelry, not everyone 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."
Minaj explained to MTV News: "The song is [about] just being in awe at another human being's ability to know you so well."
The song's music video was directed by Diane Martel and shot in Los Angeles over the weekend of October 1, 2010 . It follows Minaj and her love interest working through the complexities of a relationship. She told Entertainment Tonight: "The concept of the video is boy-and-girl relationship drama, all of the intimate stuff as well as the fighting as well as the self-reflecting type stuff," she explained. "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."
Producer Drew Money told Billboard magazine that even before Nicki recorded her vocals for the track, he knew it was "was special." "You know, even when I made the beat, I knew it was special," he said. "I wanted to make something for her that had a nice pop feel to it but that she could still rap over it - just a real cool-sounding song. I think when she heard it for the first time, a certain emotion took over and she wrote what she felt. Once I found out she liked and recorded it, I knew it would be big."
Kanye West wanted to rap a verse on the tune, but Minaj declined as it was such a personal song for her. West ended up on another Pink Friday
Minaj freestyled the song's chorus in the studio.