Nicki Minaj dropped a new song/video a few days ago, and it’s already stirring up controversy. The self proclaimed “Barbie” decided to use an image of Malcolm X as the cover artwork for the song, which had a lot of people raise eye brows as to why she would use him on the artwork. Nicki took to her instagram today to issue an official statement concerning the brewing controversy.
“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 A** N*ggaz? 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 A** N*ggaz 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.” (Nicki Minaj‘s Instagram)
“I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word “n*gga” causes so much debate in our community while the “n*gga” 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” (Nicki Minaj‘s Instagram)
The cover art in question can be seen below: