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Nicki Minaj has "toned down" her lyrics

U.S rapper Nicki Minaj has revealed that although her debut album, 'Pink Friday', is already pretty raunchy she did tone herself down before recording it. 

She admitted to the NME that her earlier music was far more explicit because she caved under the industry's pressure:

"If you listen to my album, compared to my early mixtapes, a lot has changed. I mean, I really toned down the sexual stuff."

"There was no need for me to do it. I feel like in the past females have kinda relied on that because they feel like that's all they have to offer."

The 'Moment 4 Life' singer also explained that she spent her early years as a female rapper around people who would try to direct her to be that way, but soon learnt from it:

"You know, when you're young and impressionable you feel like, 'OK, you know best,' then you get a bit older and you're like, 'Hold on, you don't know best and I'm gonna control this thing from now on."

Watch the star's video for 'Moment 4 Life', which also features Drake, here: