Watch a young Nicki Minaj steal the spotlight in a high school play

It turns out Nicki Minaj always wanted to be a performer.

Years before she was recording sexy singles like "Anaconda" and releasingcontroversial music videos, the Pinkprint singer wanted to be an actress – and there's proof! Here's a look at her acting skills when she was a high school student studying at the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Queens, N.Y.

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It's only a quick glimpse of a dramatic scene in which a young Onika Minaj steals the spotlight with a powerful, emotive performance that concludes with her hurling a phone at her scene partner.

Clearly, she got wrapped up in the heat and passion of the moment, like a true thespian. The clip comes from the British TV series You Saw Them Here First, according to Rolling Stone.

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While Nicki might have gone on to fame and fortune through her rap career and sex appeal, she has managed to snag a few acting roles, including her feature film debut in The Other Woman earlier this year.

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2014 has been a big year for Nicki, including the release of her new albumThe Pinkprint, hosting the MTV EMAs, and breaking records with "Anaconda,"her highest-charting song to date. Check out the clip below for a look at the track's racy music video.

Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' on the World
Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' on the World

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