Nicki Minaj as a teenager

Years before shooting to stardom as a rap star, Nicki Minaj was just plain ole Onika Maraj, a teen studying drama at the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Queens.

Over the weekend, British TV series You Saw Them Here First unearthed old footage of Nicki during her high school days, where fans get a brief glimpse at her acting chops.┬áThe clip finds her performing an intense scene with a classmate, demanding her attorney “call that judge right now and tell him I can have my baby back!”

With her anger bursting, she ends the scene with an apparent ad-lib, before throwing a telephone at her acting partner.┬áLater, she showcases her skills for New York’s agents and casting directors.

In addition to success as a rapper, Nicki made her big-screen acting debut this year in the romantic comedy The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz.