Nicki Minaj’s new single “Lookin’ A– N-ggas” has landed her in boiling water today!
Yesterday, she dropped the brand new track to create some buzz for her upcoming album, but the negative publicity was definitely not what she was aiming for. The track already had a few folks uncomfortable because of the repeated use of the N-word, but after the single cover was released, fans were in an uproar.
The cover featured a 1964 photo of civil rights activist Malcolm X holding a rifle while peeking out of the window, which was originally published in Ebony Magazine. As soon as the picture was uploaded, folks took action and a petition was launched asking for her to remove the picture from her social media immediately. Surprisingly it worked, and Nicki deleted the pic before posting the following statement on her Instagram:
“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”
The original photo of Malcolm holding the gun was to express that he would protect his family “by any means necessary.” Over the years, this very photo has been recreated several times, including Bilal’s Airtight’s Revenge album cover and on the cover of KRS’ Boogie Down Productions By Any Means Necessary album.