Yesterday Nicki Minaj released her newest track ‘Lookin Ass N***a’. While some are praising her ‘take no prisoners’ lyrics others are greatly offended by the use of Malcolm X’s picture as the cover art for the controversial track. Minaj took to Instagram to explain herself and issue a formal apology. She said:
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** Ni***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** Ni**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. The word “ni**a” causes so much debate in our community while the “ni**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.
While I appreciate the apology I am curious as to what Onika means by the “ni**ga behavior” that gets praised and worshiped. Wouldn’t praising “ni**a” behavior mean that there is some group of people who identify with and accept the label of “ni**a”? What do you think?