An American rap artist has told MTV that he has received death threats following the announcement that he intends to call his new album I’m Gay.

Lil B made the announcement at the Coachella festival in California last week, and his since claimed to have been sent death threats on Twitter.

He said: “I’m not gonna stop and I’m not scared of anybody on earth . . . that’s why I titled the album I’m Gay and nobody gonna stop me.”

Lil B said that he was using the word ‘gay’ in the traditional sense and that he supported gay people. “I’m very gay, but I love women. I’m not attracted to men in any way. I’ve never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I’m so happy . .  . I’m a gay, heterosexual male.

“I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it. I hope GLAAD sees that I’m taking initial steps to break barriers.”

A spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) reportedly said that they hope Lil B’s album title is “not a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally.”