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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 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?

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