Yesterday we told you about all of the drama surrounding the unveiling of a possible art work selection for Nicki Minaj’s new single, “Lookin A** Ni**a,” which featured an image of Malcolm X holding semi-automatic gun. People were totally outraged by the image for obvious reasons—including the fact that the word “ni**a” is used in the title and dropped in the song quite a bit. A Change.org petition also surfaced on the web, urging the Queens rapper to swap out the image for something else.
“The cover photo is disrespectful to the life and legacy of Malcolm X and all that he fought against and represented,” the petition argued.
So far the petition has only acquired 443 signatures, but the outcry kicked up enough fuss to prompt a response from Nicki, who offered an apology—sort of.
“What seems to be the issue now?” she questioned in an Instagram 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 Ni**az? Well, I apologize.”
The “Moment 4 Life” rapper went on to say that the art work is not official.
“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 Ni**az 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 “ni**a” causes so much debate in our community while the “ni**a” behavior gets praised and worshiped. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for you. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you.”
What do you think of Nicki’s response? Heartfelt or halfhearted?