As Brad Paisley and LL Cool J know all too well, everybody makes a bad call sometimes.
Nicki Minaj first came under fire yesterday for her incendiary, expletive-littered new track “Lookin Ass N—-,” but it was the song’s cover art that really set people off. The image (above) features a famous photograph of civil-rights icon Malcolm X wielding an AK-47 and looking worried,with the track’s already-divisive title slapped on — and that set everybody off.
After inciting multiple Change.org petitions and widespread criticism, Minaj issued a lengthy apology — attached to an Instragram photo of her wielding a gun.
Read the full text 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
I’m afraid to ask, but reader, what do you think? Whatever it is, maybe just think about it for another minute before you get all comment crazy.