This is the cover art of Nicki Manaj’s new song “Lookin’ Ass Nigga”. A classic photo of Malcolm X from the mid-sixties. This is a tacky, ignorant and disrespectful use of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz’s image. Malcolm was nobody’s Nigga. Shame on you Nicki, Shame on you Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Music Group. Shame on you.

Late on Thursday, Nicki posted this on Instagram:

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.

One Response

  1. Name *Calvin

    It seems entertainers and these so-called “reality tv stars” keep pushing the envelope. This is a clear and much needed case of pushing back. Hopefully there’s more to come.