Nicki Minaj's latest song has caused quite an uproar and the question rises, Did Nicki Minaj go too far by using Malcolm X's image for the cover of her new single, Lookin A-- N----?
Many people thought so after the singer debuted the single Wednesday with a not-safe-for-work, Nabil-directed video. The single's cover has Minaj's name and the single title superimposed over a picture of the civil-rights leader holding an M1 carbine and looking out his window. The original version of the photograph was first published in Ebony magazine in 1964.
"Say what you will about his days as Detroit Red hustling on the streets of Harlem, there is nothing N-word like about Malcolm X," Alvin Aqua Blance writes at HipHopWired. "To equate a man that literally died for his cause — the advancement of human rights for people of color — is just wrong on multiple levels."
The single is slated to appear both on Young Money: Rise of an Empire, due March 11, and on Minaj's forthcoming album, The Pink Print. While Minaj fans praised the track and the video, many people took exception to the cover, particularly since it comes during Black History Month.
Watch the video Below:
Nicki Minaj addressed the backlash today by responding with a message via Instagram. See what she had to say in the screen shot below:
What are your thoughts?
[SOURCE] Usa Today