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Nicki Minaj thinks many gay rappers are 'lurking around the industry'

09/13/2010 by Corinne Heller

Justin Bieber kisses Nicki Minaj backstage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2010. (Photo courtesy of MTV) Nicki Minaj, a rapper known for her sexy music videos, sexually explicit lyrics and multiple alter-egos, says she thinks many artists in the rap and hip hop industry are secretly gay.

I think there have been many gay rappers, they just havent come out of the closet, Minaj told OUT magazine in an interview published in its October 2010 issue. "Yup, lots of them. Theyre lurking around the industry now."

"Obviously, the majority of the men in hip-hop dont want you to think theyre gay," she added. "Thats just the reality of it. Im a woman, so I have a lot more flexibility. And I dont lose credibility in any way if I say I think girls are dope and sexy."

Minaj, 25, was born as Onika Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago. She has a large gay following and has said she uses up several permanent markers at her concerts to sign women's breasts. However, she has not confirmed her sexuality publicly. VIBE magazine in June quoted Minaj as saying: "I dont date women and I dont have sex with women".

Minaj clarified her statement to OUT, saying: "But I dont date men either. People who like me - theyll listen to my music, and theyll know who I am. I just dont like that people want you to say what you are, who you are. I just am."

"The point is, everyone is not black and white," she said. "There are so many shades in the middle, and youve got to let people feel comfortable with saying what they want to say when they want to say it. I dont want to feel like Ive got the gun pointed at my head and youre about to pull the trigger if I dont say what you want to hear. I just want to be me and do me."

Minaj was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday but lost to teen pop singer Justin Bieber. (he is pictured above kissing her before the ceremony).

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