After media outlets and social media blew up with people calling Nicki Minaj out for invoking the image of slain Civil Rights hero Malcolm X on the cover of her new song, “Looking Ass N–gas,” the rapper took to Instagram to apologize to her critics. Sorta.

“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.”

Again, Nicki still doesn’t get it. Malcolm X wasn’t ready to shoot at “looking ass n–gas” who can’t get a job or who are clamoring to get into Nicki’s bed, he was ready to lay down his life for his family and the upliftment of Black people as a whole. Can Nicki Minaj say the same?

Nicki Minaj uses Malcolm X's image for new song

Call me crazy, but I doubt Brother Malcolm would be down with this:

Can’t get a job so you plottin’ how to rob ass niggas
I ain’t gotta check for y’all
But if I’ma check for y’all, I’ma need a check from y’all niggas
I ‘on’t want sex, give a fuck about your ex
I ‘on’t even want a text from y’all niggas
I’m rapin’ you niggas
Look at this pic, look what the fuck I gave to you niggas
Ain’t feelin’ these niggas

While I appreciate Nicki addressing the issue head-on instead of pretending the controversy didn’t exist, I call b.s. on her non-apology and inadequate explanation.

What do think of Nicki Minaj’s apology?

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  • Fifi-Gongon

    Malcolm X is a universal icon, just like Marcus Garvey or a plenty more, so it doesn’t matter if Nicki Minaj is West indian and not African american. Her deep foolishness is one of the reasons why white people use the N-word deliberately and think it is totally ok to do so. Can you imagine this song being played in a club or a party and everyone singing to it, not minding the words at all?! How are supposed to get some credit as a community after that ?

  • stellaxo

    These celebrities who stir up controversy, bringing to the table little to no depth or insight and claim they’re ‘starting a conversation’ are so triflin.

  • LJohns

    *Some* of these so-called rappers think they say whatever they want to say about OUR Black leaders any time of the day. She should be ashamed of herself for even mentioning him in her song.