Fans of Nicki Minaj have known she’s into women — it’s apparent from her suggestive lyrics, the gaze she gives females in music videos and her lesbian-positive Twitter action. However, she hadn’t given a public comment to the press regarding her sexuality until this month’s Details magazine.
Here are snippets from the interview.
Details: You sign your fans’ breasts at shows. Do their boyfriends get jealous?
Nicki Minaj: If anything, boys are telling me to sign their girls’ boobs. I’ve gone through 15 markers in a single night—because the girls are usually sweating, and a marker will stop writing if the girls are wet.
D: As an openly bisexual rapper, do you think hip-hop is getting more gay-friendly?
NM: I think the world is getting more gay-friendly, so hip-hop is too. But it’s harder to imagine an openly gay male rapper being embraced. People view gay men as having no street credibility. But I think we’ll see one in my lifetime.
D: Have you seen the YouTube video where Michelle Trachtenberg raps one of your verses?
NM: She’s the cutest thing. I just wanted to reach into the computer and kiss her. I might have to get her on a track.
She didn’t say much about herself, but her accepting the remark of being openly bisexual is acknowledment enough to begin with. (Believe me — I’m trying to get an interview to ask more!)
If you are unfamiliar with Minaj, you should know that her being openly bisexual is a great thing for gay visibility. Nicki is part of Young Money Entertainment, Lil’ Wayne’s record label under the Universal Motown umbrella. She is a talented MC that has guested on hit songs for Robin Thicke, Usher, Ludacris and on several Young Money tracks.