Nicki Minaj‘s new video for “Lookin’ Ass Nigga“ turned a lot of heads, generally due to Minaj’s furious spitting, barely-there outfit, and automatic weapon-firing, but there has also been some talk about the single artwork– which features an iconic photo of a gun-wielding Malcolm X.
Some critics saw the decision as tasteless, and in response, Nicki has taken to Instagram to clear the air.
The “Pink Print” rapper explained her decision, apologized to the Malcolm X estate, and clarified that the art was by no means official in her statement.
Read it in full below:
“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”