"Right by My Side" is a song by Trinidadian-American recording artist, Nicki Minaj, taken from her sophomore studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song also features additional vocals from R&B artist Chris Brown. "Right by My Side" was written by Ester Dean, Minaj, and Safaree Samuels, while production was handled by Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Oak, JProof, and Flip. On March 20, 2012, Minaj released the song early, tweeting the link to the song, as well as streaming it on her official website. On March 27, 2012, "Right by My Side" was given a proper release as the second official single, which included U.S. Rhythmic and Urban radio on the same day.
Musically, "Right by My Side" is an upbeat, downtempo pop ballad infused with elements of R&B and hip hop. It has been heavily compared to several other songs, including Jordin Sparks "No Air", in which Brown was featured on, Rihanna's "You da One", and even Minaj's own track "Right Thru Me". Critics noted the songs "bubbly" persona, as well as it's high quality production.
"Right by My Side" received mixed reviews from critics, while some complimented the fun atmosphere of the song, others reviewed it as being too generic. Brown's inclusion on the song also caused mild controversy from critics. Minaj performed the song live for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012. Minaj also performed the single during her surprise appearance at the Nokia Lumia 900 launch in Times Square. "Right by My Side" was confirmed through Minaj's official twitter to be accompanied by a music video.
Upon being released, "Right by My Side" entered US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at 52, in its opening week, and has currently peaked at 24 on the chart. "Right by My Side" debuted at 51 in the Billboard Top 100, which is also its current peak.
Minaj started filming the video on April 28, 2012. Filming ended the following day April 29, 2012 at approximately 6:30 am. It was directed by Benny Boom.. When asked what is her favorite video she shot throughout her career, Minaj replied: "Right By My Side, 4 sure". The video premiered on May 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm EST on BET, FUSE, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and mtvU. It was then uploaded to VEVO at 7:00 PM EST.