Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Controversial Malcolm X Cover Art

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has come under fire over the artwork for her latest song “Lookin Ass Ni**a.” The Young Money rapper was criticized for using an image of Malcolm X on the cover. The original photo, which was published in Ebony magazine in 1964, shows the civil rights leader holding an M1 carbine and looking out the window.

Twitter and Instagram were flooded with comments, deeming the cover disrespectful and offensive. “I’ve never in my life seen a black artist openly disrespect Malcolm x like nicki minaj just did. And don’t tell me I’m being sensitive,” commented @_chukwuweike.

Following the backlash, Nicki issued an apology on Instagram. She claims the artwork was never official and that she did not intend to undermine Malcolm X’s legacy.

“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!!!!” explained Nicki. “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.”

“Lookin Ass Ni**a” is set to appear on Nicki’s upcoming album The Pink Print and the Young Money compilation, Rise of an Empire.

Read her full apology and see the controversial artwork below.

“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 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 misconstrued. The word ‘nigga’ causes so much debate in our community while the ‘nigga’ 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.”

Lookin Ass Nigga



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54 Comments

  1. Justin Timberlake

    Worst artist in music history. Try hard b’tch.

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    Mrunhateable Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, you always first to comment on any nicki post tho! BEEN A FAN! First, show me the car facts of when nicki said this was a single? It’s not even on iTunes but u tried. U stay stalking nicki posts but swear u hate her. Ok girl. Why don’t u go out and support ur favs… Oh wait, they ain’t doing a damn thing! Stop hating on the Queen and come on out the closet secret stan

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    Justin Timberlake Reply:

    @Mrunhateable, U should research the meaning of ‘Queen’ before you say this to a g’arbage artist like her.

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    Mrunhateable Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, Queen: a woman eminent in rank, power, or attractions b : a goddess or a thing personified as female and having supremacy in a specified realm

    Sounds like Nicki to me but once again u TRIED IT. Nicki got female rap on LOCK. #beenafan

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    Andy Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, interesting how you ignored all Mrunhateable said and focused on insulting Nicki again. Clearly pressed AND dumb.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, Nicki speaking so well makes a proud Mandela Barb.

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    Ugh. Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, You WOULD be proud, you under-evolved psycho. That you have to be proud of someone “speaking well” tells how they speak the majority of the time. Since when is a non-apology speaking well?

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    eyfresh Reply:

    Stanning ass nigga! @Justin Timberlake,

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  2. Justin Timberlake

    It was a single but she saw it will flop so she says now it is not a single… this b’tch so fake

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    Mrunhateable Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, no what’s fake is u pretending you not a nicki Stan but 1st on every posts. Damn post ain’t been up z2 seconds and u ran to it. BEEN A FAN!

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    Ry93 Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, It was never a single. Stay broke and bitter you pressed ass undercover fan. She got over 2,000,000 views in a couple hours. How is that a flop? It’s quite entertaining…your blatant ignorance, that is.

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    wow Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, its not even on itunes. How is it a flop. Its a hood record n only people from the hood could relate like beez in the trap. Nicki is from southside jamaica queens (the hood). Its expected she would make music about loser ass niggas in the hood tryna b down.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, how, when and where it flopped??? It was released a day ago, dumbass. It was never a single or at least we don’t know if it was meant to be a single. She never said “here’s my single” and she quickly said (a few moments after releasing LAN) that it was a “street single”.

    What do you eat to sh.t so much lies?? And please change your fcking name, you make JT look bad. I suggest a some names for you: “Nicki Stalker/Beenafan”, “Mouthass”, “Lifeless Dickhead”

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    Andy Reply:

    @Justin Timberlake, how, when and where it flopped??? It was released a day ago, dumbazs. It was never a single or at least we don’t know if it was meant to be a single. She never said “here’s my single” and she quickly said (a few moments after releasing LAN) that it was a “street single”.

    What do you eat to sh.t so much lies?? And please change your fcking name, you make JT look bad. I suggest a some names for you: “Nicki Stalker/Beenafan”, “Mouthazs”, “Lifeless Dikchead”

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  3. Zac

    lol @ Queen.

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  4. WOW

    That’s an apology? lol I’m sorry but that’s a worthless apology. Full of attitude and no sign of being humble. How do you scold those you are apologizing to?? Joke. Smh sad..

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    Andy Reply:

    @WOW, She shouldn’t have apologized. She release this and people criticize her, she apologize and people criticize her. Haters are gonna hate NO MATTER WHAT.

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    WOW Reply:

    @Andy,
    REGARDLESS of how much you worship the ground she walks on. She makes mistakes. She made one by using the image of Malcom X on song that bolsters NOTHING but disrespect and disregard to Malcom’s X legacy.

    Malcom X once said
    “We accept the use of Afro-American, African, and Black man in reference to persons of African heritage. To every other part of mankind goes this measure of just respect. We do not desire more nor shall we accept less. ”
    And she used him, his image, his cause to say the word “Nigga” like a thousand times!

    Its not “hate” dear.. its reality.. STOP using the word “hate” to hide behind IGNORANT BEHAVIOR! people lived fought and died for equality.. and here comes this girl to disrespect it! She was wrong.. and she was even more wrong to catch an attitude and not understand why this is disturbing for Malcom X estate.. as well as to those who admire him too.

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    Andy Reply:

    You are the main example of why she shouldn’t had apologized, now that she apologized y’all still unhappy. I just call “haters” people who talk trash to her, regardless anything. Anyway, everything you wrote is worthless. Goodbye.

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    Ugh. Reply:

    @Andy, the sad thing it IS worthless to people like you. Please have your membership to humanity revoked; you clearly don’t deserve it. So disgustingly ignorant that it’s nigh on impossible to reach you. No, it IS impossible. Your existence is worthless.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Ugh., is worthless because I had read a lot of comments like that, nothing new. Also, nothing is happening to Nicki so is still worthless. Lifeless idiots just needed a reason to vent their sorrows, so they bashed Nicki. What about y’all start doing something productive with your lives? Most of you think Nicki is a problem in society when is people like you who can’t stop being so hateful. You don’t like her, her music, her image, her manners, her voice, etc, etc? Super fine, but you really need to insult her like she just killed your newborn son? Go feed the poor, I ensure you as personal experience, it will make your soul feel better

    WOW Reply:

    @Andy,
    An apology has to come from a sincere place. If someone came to apologize to me by saying “what is the problem now” I will have shut down right after that AND nothing they say will matter.
    My dear, you say for us to find something productive but your on here defending this girl like your on the payroll?? Lol how ironic.
    Obviously your a sad soul who has no identity of their own so you latch on to Nicki to make up for what you lack in character. She made a mistake.. end of story.

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    WOW Reply:

    @Andy, @Andy,
    REGARDLESS of how much you worship the ground she walks on. She makes mistakes. She made one by using the image of Malcom X on song that bolsters NOTHING but disrespect and disregard to Malcom’s X legacy.

    Malcom X once said
    “We accept the use of Afro-American, African, and Black man in reference to persons of African heritage. To every other part of mankind goes this measure of just respect. We do not desire more nor shall we accept less. ”
    And she used him, his image, his cause to say the word “N!gga” like a thousand times!

    Its not “hate” dear.. its reality.. STOP using the word “hate” to hide behind IGNORANT BEHAVIOR! people lived fought and died for equality.. and here comes this girl to disrespect it! She was wrong.. and she was even more wrong to catch an attitude and not understand why this is disturbing for Malcom X estate.. as well as to those who admire him too.

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @WOW, thank u put that kindergarder in her place. She was disrespectful to a historic image. She could tell her fans that she is more important than malcolm x and they will believe bcuz they r a bunch of airheads.

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  5. BYE

    She knew she would cause controversy by putting it, It add publicity to the song. PR 101

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    Reese Reply:

    @BYE, Correct!

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  6. Sajooooey

    Still a good a** song…. sure you won’t please everybody, because everyone always has an opinion. But i like the song either way. I’m sure if she wanted to diss Malcolm x, she would have done it by now. Or she would have ignored the drama surrounding it, but she owned up to the mistake and apologized for the way it looked. What more do people want?

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  7. GiGi

    Who made the cover art?

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  8. Reese

    Two words: PUBLICITY STUNT

    She knew damn well what she was doing. Start being logical, people.

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  9. Oh

    Simple ass heaux and it’s black history month. She should be ashamed smmfh

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  10. NickiWackAF

    Brother Malcolm has to be rolling over in his grave. All that he had to go through and to have his photo on a song that’s offensive and mediocre at that. So disrespectful!!!!!!

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    craziiboy Reply:

    @NickiWackAF, YAH COULD STFU!! ITS NOT THAT FCKING SERIOUS! n flop?? BOPPP FOH LOL EVERYBDY ON TWITTER N ON MY FB NEWSFEED TALKING ABOUT THIS SONG in A GOOD WAY! EVERYBODY FEELING THE NEW NICKI!! YAH MAD AS FCK CAUSE YAH FAVS AINT UP IN THE TOP CTFUUU DITO!!THE PINK PRINT GOONA BURN YAH BITCHES FACE LOL!

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @craziiboy, You are so pathetic. Get an education and learn to speak English. You know nothing about black history not to mention respect.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Yasmine, and you know nothing about hip hop if you thing its a bad song.

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    Reese Reply:

    @craziiboy, Where art thou, proper English?

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  11. crude

    thirsty ass bitch. somebody smack this ho in the head.

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    Mrunhateable Reply:

    @crude, how about she just smack u with the money u wish u had in the head?

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @Mrunhateable, I’m sorry,but r u rich? If not u have no right to say this. I feel only another rich person would have been better off sayin this. Her rich ass signing a check she can’t cash for being so disrespectful to a historic image.

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  12. EveRyder

    That’s what the ole disrespectful hoe get……y’all call this the queen. Tuh. I’m glad they got in her ass. Smdh in Black history month. She can also keep that half ass apology bcuz it wasn’t sincere. She tryna get the ppl talkin oh and they did. Did she think she was gonna get a pass? I’m not a big fan of lil kim,but she won again. Kim stole that spotlight. Nicki is a ole lookin ass bish. Lol…..

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  13. Quinn

    The song is fire but the artwork is tasteless. And the most insulting part is that she’s trying to tell people she’s sorry if they TOOK it wrong. Bitch, YOU’RE wrong! Then again, Nicki Minaj isn’t a black American. Why are people surprised that she doesn’t respect a black American civil rights leader? Hell, Lil Wayne made fun of Emmett Till and was forced to apologize and he IS a black American. Hmm, birds of a feather….

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  14. Mr. smith

    Str8

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  15. Lil' Wayne

    This swagger jacking clown rap career been dead the moment she dropped her second album!!!

    NEXT !!!!

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    Mrunhateable Reply:

    @Lil’ Wayne, so letme get this str8, u disguise urself under the user name lil wayne yet wayne discovered nicki and is currently one of the top stars on his label making him money…. U didn’t think this thru did u? Haters do the darnest thinks smh

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  16. Lil' Wayne

    This bitch’s rap career is so finished!!!!!

    Bwhahahahaha

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  17. Lil' Wayne

    That was a quick 15 minutes of fame!!! Bwahahahaha

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    brett Reply:

    @Lil’ Wayne, hahahahaha, stop it please.

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  18. BEDSTUYFLY

    I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS CLEVER TO USE THE IMAGE. I IMMEDIATLEY UNDERSTOOD WHAT SHE WAS GOING FOR. THE WHOLE SHOCK VALUE THING THAT ARTISTS DO IS NOTHING NEW. FROM MADONNA TO KANYE WEST. EVERYONE JUST KNOWS THAT NICKI IS AN EASY TARGET. I ACTUALLY WISH SHE DIDNT TAKE THE COVER DOWN, AND STOOD BY IT. SHE SHOULDNT APOLOGIZE FOR HER ARTISTRY AND THE FEELINGS OF BUTT HURT NIGGAS.

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    Andy Reply:

    :O
    thx

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  19. ,.

    good, now i can enjoy the song without all the negativity.

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  20. I Don't Celebrate Black History Month, I'm black 24/7-365

    There must be a bunch of lookin ass niggas here, Malcom X wasn’t a saint, but he also stood for something and Nicki’s point of using the cover was because the song was about something she was against, which is the ignorance and fraudulence that these men sometimes show. Ya’ll mad? DO BETTER! & The fact that ya’ll let America tell ya’ll when to “celebrate your blackness” and the other 11 months ya’ll act like assholes. Good Bye.

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @I Don’t Celebrate Black History Month, I’m black 24/7-365, no u just a nigga if u stand for her ignorance. Barbs and ken dolls vs the world I think the world wins heavily. Continue livin as a plastic doll.

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  21. Mistress Belladonna

    Well, I see that Ms. Maraj has certainly not thought this through. Publicity stunt it may have been, but that did not stop the estate from shutting it down. This was not done out of her sincere regret, but because the estate threatened legal action. There was no artistic merit to what was displayed. This was indeed a single, but the ensuing backlash is what she has referred to as a “conversation”. Perhaps some time woodshedding could help her understand where her education is remiss in American History. Being from Trinidad is not the issue here, the issue is greater than nationality. It is about understanding the history of the nation in which you ply your trade. In addition to this, insofar as people lauding her hip hop skills, she is an entertainer, yes, but she could not walk in the shoes of Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, or even Boss. While some measure an artist by cash, others more rightly measure them by performance, range, longevity, and the ability to excel and grow in their craft. No matter how many venues of income you bring into your coffers, it will not change the fact that you’re an entertainer first, a rapper second. It is unfortunate that money is the measure of a woman in the world of hip hop now instead of character. It is time someone takes this group of artists from Young Money records to the side and has a serious teaching moment with them before they reap the consequences of their actions in a less desirable fashion than public apology. The fact that economic boycotts exist ensure they are not untouchable. Sincerely, a woman from a family of Black Revolutionaries.

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  22. soldier187

    i dont even think the dumb biatch niki knows who Malcolm X is

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