The problem with Nicki Minaj: Out female MCs on being real in rap

Nicki Minaj graces the covers of two very different magazines this fall. The first is Out, a publication geared toward gay people (mostly men). Second is Complex, written for (mostly straight) men. in both interviews, she discusses her sexuality, which has been a hot topic since she signed with Lil’ Wayne‘s Young Money Records.

Here’s what she told Out:

“I started making it my business to say things that would empower women, like, ‘Where my bad bitches at?’ to let them know, ‘I’m here for you." Then, when I started going to the shows and it was nothing but girls, it was like, Did I go too far with embracing my girls? Because now they want to kiss and hug me."

Then she specifies:

"But I don’t date men either. 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–k 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."

Similarly, she told Complex that she is celibate:

"When I rap, it’s just an extension of how I speak, and that’s how I talk. If you don’t like it, don’t listen. I’m also not going to explain something just because I said it in a rap. Take what you want from it. [In the press] I didn’t say [I don’t like women]. I said I don’t have sex with women. I don’t have sex with men right now either. If [bisexual is] what they wanna call me, then fine."

If Nicki is asexual one minute, it would appear that she’s not the next. In the same interview, she’s asked about a video in which she said she wants to have a threesome with Cassie and Lauren London. That’s not in her rapping or videos, which she says is part of her performance.