On ["Go Hard'] Nicki Minaj waxes Eminem-like on a more Elton John-like subject: "And I only stop for pedestrians, or real real bad lesbians." It's lines like these that have made her hip-hop's gayest MC -- a Jay-Z for the drag queens, as it were. "I see videos on YouTube where they impersonate me, and they do an amazing freaking job of dressing up as me," she says. In past interviews she's mentioned her own bi-curious leanings and has predicted hip-hop will one day embrace its first openly gay artist. But as far as being a gay-positive presence in hip-hop, Minaj insists, "I didn't set out to do that. I just like to put a spotlight on the people who support me, and it just so happens, you know, that the gay community has supported me -- more than I ever could have imagined."
Being an acting student at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the "Fame school") really opened her mind. "I saw gay kids, I saw white kids, I saw grunge and pink hair and piercings," she recalls. "I think because of that, I didn't put limits on myself or what I was going to put in my raps. I really just wanted to be diverse."
In the May 2010 Details, Nicki Minaj was asked if she thought hip-hop was becoming more gay friendly. The response: "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."
Nicki Minaj appears this weekend at Atlanta's Black Gay Pride celebration with Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, Lil Kim and Dondria.
In related news: The Trinidad-born rapper is featured on Kanye West's just-released track "Monster" with Jay-z and Rick Ross—who famously said that he was "willing to record with an openly gay artist such as 50 Cent." Minaj gets rave reviews from the "kids.' "Minaj slays!" says WhatsTheT. Listen to the track HERE.