Nicki Minaj is looking fab as she graces the cover of the latest issue of gay and lesbian publication, Out Magazine. Inside the ‘Massive Attack’ star talks about why it’s harder for male rappers to come out and the politics of women in the music industry.
Here are some extracts from the interview…
On being forced to speak on her sexual orientation:
“People who like me — they’ll listen to my music, and they’ll know who I am. I just don’t like that people want you to say what you are, who you are. I just am. I do what the f*ck I want to do. The point is, everyone is not black and white. There are so many shades in the middle, and you’ve got to let people feel comfortable with saying what they want to say when they want to say it. I don’t want to feel like I’ve got the gun pointed at my head and you’re about to pull the trigger if I don’t say what you want to hear. I just want to be me and do me.”
The politics of women in the music industry:
“It’s interesting that people have more negative things to say about me saying ‘I’m Barbie’ than me saying ‘I’m a bad bitch, So you can call yourself a female dog because that’s cool in our community. But if you call yourself a Barbie, that’s fake. Once I figure something is irritating people, I’m going to do it more,” she says, smiling, “because I like to get on your nerves until you realize how f*cking stupid you are.”
On if there are gay rappers in hip-hop:
“I think there have been many gay rappers, they just haven’t come out of the closet,” Minaj says slyly. “Yup, lots of them. They’re lurking around the industry now. Obviously, the majority of the men in hip-hop don’t want you to think they’re gay. That’s just the reality of it. I’m a woman, so I have a lot more flexibility. And I don’t lose credibility in any way if I say I think girls are dope and sexy.”