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Nicki Minaj’s artwork for her new song “Lookin A$$ N*gga” featured the iconic Malcolm X, peaking around a corner with a gun in his hand. Combined with the lyrics of the song, the image created a ton of controversy, as many felt that it portrayed such an empowering man in a negative light. Though Nicki is never one to put her tail between her legs and switch things up to oblige others, she actually felt quite passionate about the controversy, and took to Instagram to issue a sincere apology.
“What seems to be the issue now?” Nicki began in her post. “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.”