The singer insists West has always pushed the boundaries of rap with his experimental music and super-stylish dress sense.
And Fergie is adamant the "Stronger" hitmaker has made a hugh difference in bringing hip-hop to the gay community.
She tells MTV.com, "Kanye West really did a great thing for hip-hop and made it very mixed and open."
She also reserves some credit her Black Eyed Peas band mates, will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo, adding, "They're completely gay-friendly. Are you kidding me? Look at how they dress!"
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