Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Equating Iconic Malcolm X with “Lookin A** N***a”

By Lora Neng
February 14, 2014

It took some thought to fit the image of Malcolm X peeking out a window curtain, rifle in hand, with the song title “Lookin’ A** N***a,” but not enough to ward off reactions of distaste to the test single cover. Equating the icon’s mission against racism with her commercial project, itself an anti-chauvinist rap, so riled onlookers of Nicki’s instagram that the rap artist took it off her feed and wrote:

“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”

The original photo, published in Ebony and restaged many times by Hip Hop artists over the years, came to be associated with Malcolm’s mantra that people should be empowered to regain their human rights “by any means necessary.” “Lookin’ A** N***a” depicts a scantily clad Minaj fending off the objectifying male gaze with rifle fire, an equally clear and charged call to arms. Both are at least well-admired for their shared understanding of how the media can be influenced to propagate a polarizing message.

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