Nicki Minaj came under a lot of heat from different quarters yesterday when she released an artwork for her latest song ‘Lookin A*s Ni**a‘ featuring Malcolm X’s iconic photo. The image above was first posed in Ebony magazine in 1964 showing the Civil Rights leader holding a gun while looking out of the window. After a lot of backlash on social media and elsewhere, Nicki has issued an explanatory apology for hurting sentiments on her Instagram.
Read the statement plus listen to her interview with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 from earlier today after the break.
What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word “nigga” causes so much debate in our community while the “nigga” behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you