Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Using Malcolm X Image to Plug New Song

Posted Thursday February 13, 2014 11:38 PM GMT

Ruffling a few feathers by using a photo of Malcolm X to promote her new song, "Lookin A-- N----z," Nicki Minaj addressed the issue on Instagram Thursday (February 13).

Though she seemed surprised at the backlash, the "Starships" rapper began, "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 A-- N----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 A-- N----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."

Referring to the issue of using the N word, the 30-year-old hip hop star continued, "The word 'n---a' causes so much debate in our community while the 'n---a' 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."

The song and accompanying music video hit airwaves yesterday, with the track slated to appear on her upcoming album, The Pink Print.

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