Nicki Minaj received a lot of backlash early Thursday (Feb 13) when the cover of her buzz single, “Lookin Ass N—-” was released. The cover features the iconic 1960s photo of Malcolm X holding a gun and looking out the window.
Since the release of the single, Rosa Clemente started a CHANGE.ORG Petition and it also has over 2000+ signatures. Not to mention, people have been going in on Nicki via all of her social media outlets.
I guess the social media response finally got to Nicki because late Thursday she released a statement on her instagram page:
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.
Oh and the photo hasn’t been removed from her official site, so she must have been talking about her social media accounts. Either way she was still trippin’ when she thought this was a good idea. That new ponytail must be too tight.