Nicki Minaj has come under fire for the artwork she chose for her latest cut, “Lookin’ Ass N****”, which features a 1964 Ebony magazine image of Malcolm X holding an M1 carbine and peering out a window.
After its release, the rapper was criticized for what many deemed disrespectful to some a iconic figure in Black history. Following the onslaught of backlash, she issued an apology, claiming the artwork was never official and that she did not intend to undermine Malcolm X’s legacy.
“I am in the video shooting at ‘Lookin Ass N****z’ and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!!” Nicki explained. “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 ‘n****’ causes so much debate in our community while the ‘n****’ 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,” she concluded.
“Lookin Ass N****” will appear on Nicki’s upcoming album, The Pink Print, as well as the Young Money compilation, Rise of an Empire.