Nicki Minaj fired off machine guns and 3-minutes worth of N-words when she dropped her scathing, anti-lame anthem "Lookin Ass Niggas." But backlash didn't lurk too far behind as what seemed to be the single's artwork surfaced with African American icon Malcolm X on it. The Young Money rapstress took to Instagram Thursday (Feb. 13) to explain her side:
"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 fun 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 mixconstrued. The word "nigga" causes so much debate in our community while the "nigga" behavior get praised and worship. Let's not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an(sic) adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you"
The sorry-not-sorry(?) apology comes after petitions were written up to boycott the record.
VIBE album/ BK Nation's Kevin Powell sided with 2008 U.S. vice president candidate Rosa Clemente, who issued this petition on Change.org, which currently stands at 500 signatures.
Powell said, “The song is bad enough: a berating assault—laced with the n-word, in hideous quantities—on men who don’t spend money on her; complaints about men staring at her assets even as her whole video is a pathetic display of such assets; a reduction of all male-female relationships to dollar signs."
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