Why Beenie Man Apologized
The dancehall musician says Nikki Minaj helped him change his views
August 01 2012 9:23 AM EST
February 05 2015 9:27 PM EST
In May, dancehall king Beenie Man took to YouTube to apologize for his prior homophobic lyrics in songs and explain that . Now, in an exclusive interview with The Advocate, Beenie Man explains what caused him to make the decision to publicly recant. And it seems like some big props go to Nicki Minaj! As he explains:
"So when I go to Europe now, me have 30 shows--10 of them canceled. People come out and they protest. In a sense, they can't come to my show and judge me for what I did 15 years ago because nobody is the same person who they was 15 years ago. The next reason is I have done a song with Janet Jackson and it being taken off the charts, video taken off MTV. Now this song with me and Nicki [Minaj]. We textin' and everything [she says] you need to stop it and make people understand that's not who you are right now. This is who I am, and this is where I'm going, and this is where my head space is. Want to make people understand, we are dancehall music and we sing music for the people."
Read the full interview here.