Nicki Minaj has said she meant no disrespect when she used Iconic image of Malcolm X holding a rifle in
the artwork for her newly released video “Lookin Ass N****z”
The 31-year-old singer released the profanity-laced video on Wednesday for the song on her upcoming third studio album The Pink Print.
The Super Bass singer received immediate backlash from some who felt she misappropriated the image of the black pride leader.
“What seems to be the issue now?” she asked after deleting the pic. “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—-z? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single.”
“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,” wrote BK Nation president and co-founder Kevin Powell. Whereas, “… Malcolm X frowned on Black self-hatred, anti-intellectualism, and materialism. He was about the upliftment and empowerment of our communities, and he was a husband and father, not a n—a.”
The image used for the “not official” cover art was first published in Ebony magazine in 1964 and shows the human rights leader holding a military-grade gun while peering out of a curtain. It was a time in his life when he was most fearful for his and his family’s safety. He was assassinated — by gunfire — five months later.
In her video for “Lookin A– N—a,” Nicki fires off a similar weapon alone in a desert, clad in a fishnet dress.