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Nicki Minaj Talks Bisexuality, Celibacy, & Laughing All The Way To The Bank With Complex Mag

Nicki Minaj is this month's COMPLEX magazine cover girl.  And she's dishing up the cream on toning down her sexuality...but still keeping her sexual edge, laughing at her haters, her new album, being the "boss" of her "empire", and having multiple personalities.

 

Read on for the pics and quotes....
 

Complex: Everyone has this image of you as a cartoon character with outlandish wigs, but at our shoot today you were much more low-key.
Nicki Minaj: [Laughs.] Every woman is a character—but people need to see I'm a regular human. It's like you wear a pink wig and you're no longer human all of sudden. You're a thing. Like today [the photographer] was like, "Where is that Nicki Minaj smile?" But this shoot doesn't call for the Nicki Minaj smile. You guys wanted me subdued, so I'm gonna give you a different side. I'm not gonna pull a string and be like, "It's Barbie, bitch!"

There's been a lot of speculation about your sexuality in the press. Your verse on Usher's "Lil' Freak" adds to the buzz that you're bisexual.
Nicki Minaj: 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.

 

So right now Nicki Minaj is celibate?
NM: Yes, and I encourage all my young Barbies to do the same. I just don't have time.

You've said in recent interviews that you want to tone down the sexual content in your music. What prompted that?
NM: On "My Chick Bad," I had to show people that I can spit a verse without sex or talking about how good I look. I'm actually timid when it comes to being overtly sexy, which is weird because in the beginning people thought of me like some freakin' porn star. Guys reference sex all the time in their raps—I can't even think of a record where Wayne doesn't talk about sex—but when a female does it, people start tuning out. Then this gay dude the other day told me, "I say to dudes, ‘Maybe it's time to put this pussy on your sideburns.'" I was crying laughing and I was like, "I can't take this shit out of my act." People live for that shit. [Laughs.] I just have to balance it a little bit.

 

Where do all your different voices come from?
NM: I have no idea. I think Wayne kind of influenced that. He has always been really carefree when he raps and I was like, "I don't have to stay in one cadence or stay in one tone when I rap—I can just do what I want."

But you've been saying in recent interviews that you might tone down the voices.
NM: Sometimes the shit I say is over people's heads and I feel like I need to dumb it down a bit so people can understand it. I think if I had said a lot of raps in a particular voice, people would go, "Yo, that shit was hard"—but when you change up your voice a little bit, they can't see past that. And they're lookin' at me like, "This bitch is stupid"—and I'm lookin' at them like, "No, bitch, you're stupid." [Laughs.]

So on your album and going forward, you're going to mellow out on the voices?
NM: I definitely made a conscious effort to tone the voices down a little bit.

Did the label or management talk to you about it at all?
NM: Again, I run my empire. Does that answer your question? No one tells me anything unless I ask their opinion. No one can make a decision for you. Not if you're the boss.

How hard has it been not to respond when people take shots?
NM: It's not hard when you're making a lot of money and everything you do is sold out, and people adore you and little kids are crying just to take a picture with you. I'm laughing all the way to the bank, just like Wayne said. Young Money is good.

Speaking of Young Money, did your labelmate Drake tell you he'd be mentioning wanting to marry you on his verse for "Miss Me" before you heard it?
NM: He told me he said something about me on a verse, but I didn't think it would be anything like that. He let me hear it for the first time when we did Jay's show at Madison Square Garden, the day before Wayne had to go to jail—that night he let me hear it on the headphones. But you know what else he told me he wrote for me? The Alicia Keys song "I'm Ready." I happen to love the song. I never told anyone that, I hope he won't get mad that I said that.

Source

Alrighty then.  I'm dizzy from all this back and forth in different interviews with who she says she is and isn't.  Seems to change as much as her voices.  But hey...to each their own.  She ain't for everybody.  Whatever puts money in your accounts, multi-colored wigs on your head, and asses in concert seats.  Do you boo.

 

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i like every thin u do n even

i like every thin u do n even if u r 1 n oops i think yo raps really rhyme n flow so keep up n sing more music
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Nicki Is Bi Oh Well Thats Her

Nicki Is Bi Oh Well Thats Her She Bi I Like It she Like We all Like It Glad She Is She Perfect At it To
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I don't think NM is that

I don't think NM is that great. Her song Fly is ok but her other stuff is stupid. Her lyrics don't go well; most of the time she's totally random. It's like she's saying it because it rhymes and nothing more. I'm not a fan and I wish ppl will actually listen to what she's saying.
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I don't think NM is that

I don't think NM is that great. Her song Fly is ok but her other stuff is stupid. Her lyrics don't go well; most of the time she's totally random. It's like she's saying it because it rhymes and nothing more. I'm not a fan and I wish ppl will actually listen to what she's saying.
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BIG UPS TO YOU ND UR CAREER

BIG UPS TO YOU ND UR CAREER
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nicki i am ur biggest fan n i

nicki i am ur biggest fan n i luv ur song super bass n all ur other songs. Gud luck wit gettin more fans lik meh
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Wow. I am a gifted high

Wow. I am a gifted high schooler and I love Nicki Minaj's music. Your level of education does not affect the type of music you enjoy, crazies! (By the way, I'm caucasian, so race doesn't matter either)
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im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
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im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
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im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
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im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
Trenecia Gray's picture

im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
Trenecia Gray's picture

im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
Trenecia Gray's picture

im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
Trenecia Gray's picture

im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
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im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
Trenecia Gray's picture

im a huge Nicki fan and

im a huge Nicki fan and reguardless of what anyone else may say i love you ! people often call me gay because of the fact that i have you all over my walls and everything .i really plan on meeting you in person one day, its my dream ! i love you Nicki(:
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HEYYYY NIICKII UR SO FIINE UR

HEYYYY NIICKII UR SO FIINE UR SO FIINE U BLOW MAH MIIND . .
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Nicki, don't ever give up!

Nicki, don't ever give up! You are such a good role model, and you got shit loads of talent. And with the voice thing, that's really hard to do and is a talent in itself. I mean, in your verse in kanye west's song monster, I was like, wow. Keep fighting !
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i show all love to nicki keep

i show all love to nicki keep doing ur thing cause by the end of the day u still gettin ur shit and if ppl dont like it fuck them ........HAHAHAHA wat i look like hoe i look like yes and u like like no
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i agree with you 100% =) i

i agree with you 100% =) i love her music and her also as a person !
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i like nikki but i dont

i like nikki but i dont likewhen ppl are cocky when you have talent you dont have too think your the shit the only other person that can get away wit that iz kanye west..but again i like her but i think after a while imma get sick of her.
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Very unpredictable...and I

Very unpredictable...and I like it....also, yes she doesnt seem to be swayed by what others think....very confindent...and I like that also....
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Confident

Confident
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awhhhhhhh, i loove herrrrrrrrrrr(: because she just dgaf what anyone thinks, she's going to do what SHE wants to do - regardlesssss I loooove ittttttttttt,! She's gorgeous toooo, and as far as drake goes, lmaO! he neeeds to calm down, that liLniggGa is SPRUNG ya diiiiiiiiG? hahaha Nicki got 'em like that though, hahahaah, goshhh i LOOOOOOOOOOOVE heR(;
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Well for the brothers and

Well for the brothers and sisters out there that, like me, are college educated......I hate to say it Nikki but you and your lyrics are remedial so.....yeah. But like you said, you are getting money so continue to do you but please keep your EXTRA ass comments to yourself.
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I'm a University

I'm a University educated,avid fan of Nicki,so what does being "educated" have to do with liking her music?!
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Nope, never said you have to

Nope, never said you have to be uneducated to like her music. I said that her comment about dumbing down her music because it goes over people's heads was a lil much.
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Cosign.....It is

Cosign.....It is entertainment GEESH.....She has to be intelligent or she wouldnt know how to make money by marketing herself. Everyone that failed to go to college are not dumb..
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I'm sorry I have to agree

I'm sorry I have to agree with @Redgirl... I grew up in the hood, i consider myself to be down to earth, and I can bop to some of the silly stuff... but some of Nicki's stuff is just irritatingly dumb, to the point where I have to turn it off for fear of depreciating my brain cells... But some of her stuff is cute and danceable... but a lot of it is simply pedestrian and annoying :-/
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I disagree with you and

I disagree with you and Redgirl. Not to disrespect you, but I love all Nicki's music. I agree that some of her stuff is silly, but it's cute silly. She mixes it up and keeps you on your toes and you never know what she has in store for us next. She's an original and that's what people love about her. Her different voices and personalities are what make her Nicki Minaj, the rapper that everyone adores :)
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I disagree with you and

I disagree with you and Redgirl. Not to disrespect you, but I love all Nicki's music. I agree that some of her stuff is silly, but it's cute silly. She mixes it up and keeps you on your toes and you never know what she has in store for us next. She's an original and that's what people love about her. Her different voices and personalities are what make her Nicki Minaj, the rapper that everyone adores :)
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I disagree with you and

I disagree with you and Redgirl. Not to disrespect you, but I love all of Nicki's music. I do agree that some of her stuff is silly, but it's cute silly. She mixes it up and keeps you on your toes so that you'll never know what she has in store for us next. She's original and that's what so many people love about her. Her different voices and personalities are what make her Nicki Minaj, the femal rapper that everyone adores :)
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THANK YOU! Its not about a

THANK YOU! Its not about a person's level of education but for her to think she is this deep and intellectual rapper is B.S. I happen to like a couple of her songs but she jumped a little too far out there with her comment. She needs to humble herself. She is doing very well for herself and she doesn't need to make comments like this that could possibly offend some of her TRUE fans.
RedGirl's picture

I don' like how she comes off

I don' like how she comes off superior or evolved. She isn't. I'm not even a fan and I'm offended about her saying she needs dumb down her lyrics. Lyrically she is a joke. She is starting to buy into the hype that others are creating for her. She needs to work less on her image and more on her lyrics and music. So many people have pumped her up that she is smelling herself. Yeah, she is laughing all the way to the bank maybe, but how long will she be laughing when her album gets 1 mic or when it doesn't sell close to what she thinks it is. Image and style is one thing, but being a genuine rapper, entertainer and performer is another. She is a gimmick and it is working for her, but like all gimmicks and fads, they lose their appeal--real talent is the only staying power.
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Lyrically...she is the sh**!

Lyrically...she is the sh**! I don't know what lyrics your listening to boo... and watch how much Pink Friday sells in it's first week and then talk...Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but people just go in on her like she ain't working her ass off! Not a "genuine" rapper...PLEASE!!
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i did a photo shoot like that

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for the record...i hate that

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I still don't think lyrically

I still don't think lyrically she's all that but I do like her personality (or at least what she projects). I just can't get with this new school shyt.
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Tasha...your always hating on

Tasha...your always hating on Nicki....seriously...every single post about her you have some slick side comments...*rolls eyes* I dig her though...she's dope & DIFFERENT...too many of the same lames out here...
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don't she though! evey post

don't she though! evey post about her. i'm crazy for her but damn, jealous much?
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