It’s turning into mea culpa week, first with Drake apologizing for his tweet complaining about being replaced on the cover of Rolling Stone by Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor’s death, and now Nicki Minaj humbling herself for using an image of Malcolm X in conjunction with her new song that invokes the N-word.
“I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued,” she said on Instagram in reference to her coupling of the song's title, "Lookin Ass N—," with a 1964 Ebony magazine photo showing the black activist leader looking out a window while clutching an M-1 rifle.
“Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass N—?” she wrote after a slew of people posted comments, some supportive, some highly critical.
“Well, I apologize,” Minaj continued. “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 N— 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.”