Nicki Minaj Apologizes For Using Malcolm X’s Image


Nicki Minaj has apologized after being heavily criticized for the artwork for her new single “Lookin’ A– N—-.”

On Wednesday, the hip-hop star released artwork for the single that featured the late civil rights icon Malcolm X holding a high-powered rifle as he peeks out of a window.

Following  the immediate backlash, the hip-hop star posted a screenshot from the video with a lengthy apology for offending anyone.

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.


Today, Minaj also called into Angie Martinez today to speak on the matter. During the conversation she apologized again and stated that she did not mean any disrespect to the African-American leader.

The song will appear on Minaj’s upcoming The Pink Print album, as well as on a compilation from her label, Young Money.

Listen to the interview below.