Nicki Minaj came under fire last week when she released a artwork for her new single “Lookin Ass Ni–a.”
The controversial cover art uses the iconic photo of Malcolm X looking through a window and holding a machine gun in his hand.
The photo of the civil rights leader first appeared in Ebony magazine in 1964.
Several of her fans took to Twitter to bash the rapper calling the cover disrespectful. Nicki Minaj has sinced issued an apology to Malcolm X estate.
Read the full apology:
“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 Ni—z? 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 Ni—z 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 ‘ni—’ causes so much debate in our community while the ‘ni—’ 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.”