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Nicki Minaj Offends With Photo Of Malcolm X Holding Rifle

Leave it to Nicki Minaj to stir up controversy. The singer released the cover art for her latest video, “Lookin Ass Ni**az,” which features Malcolm X holding a rifle. The photo drew plenty of controversy from fans who felt she had misappropriated the image of the Black Pride leader. Minaj addressed her Instagram followers last night and apologized for any offense caused by the Malcolm X photo, but said it was done to create a conversation among fans.

Minaj said she was inspired by the photo of Malcolm X holding the rifle, but made it clear that this was not the official artwork for the song. 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 Looking Ass Ni**az,” wrote Minaj on Instagram. “I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single.”

Minaj also apologized to the Malcolm X estate “if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued” and said she had no intention “to undermine his efforts and legacy.” However, she eventually removed the photo hours later while also weighing in on her use of the N-word. “The word ni**a causes so much debate in our community, while the ni**a behavior gets praised and worship,” she wrote on Instagram. “Let’s not.”

The singer also explained in a radio interview yesterday that her intention behind the song was to be empowering to women. “It was almost parallel in my opinion because he has this big gun ready to shoot at a looking ass bleep,” she said. “I looked at it as this is one of the most memorable people in our history, in black history, who voiced his opinion no matter what. I definitely understand how my intent was overlooked and I definitely didn’t want to offend his legacy.”

(Photo: Young Money Records)

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