UPDATE … Thursday evening, Minaj called in to Angie Martinez’s show on Hot 97 to speak on the controversy – Scroll down to listen
*To say Nicki Minaj is feeling the collective foot of the community up her poop chute is an understatement.
The negative reaction is to her usage of a photo of revered black hero Malcolm X for her new single, “Lookin A** N**ga.” (Scroll down to watch.)
Nicki removed the image from her Instagram account, but not before swift and unapproving response from the public. In fact, she has now spoken out in defense of her faux pas.
Here’s what said via 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.”
Sorry Nicki, but it looks like your actions/thoughts might be a little too late. As we said, folks are all over her.
According to allhiphop.com, Kevin Powell’s BK Nation and former U.S. vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente have jump started separate boycotts that takes the Young Money rapper to task.
“Let’s stop Nicki Minaj, Young Money and their record labels from dishonoring the life and contributions of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century,” Clemente said in a statement. “I am asking anyone who is a lover of HIP HOP culture and who respects Black history to please sign this petition and force Nicki, Young Money and their record levels to take this down immediately. We cannot allow this to happen. As well please pledge not to buy ANY of their products and or work with them.”
Clemente’s letter letter was posted at Change.org along with with a petition to sign.
Meanwhile, Kevin Powell had similar concerns, but also addressed the content of the song.
“The song is bad enough: a berating assault—laced with the n-word, in hideous quantities—on men who don’t spend money on her; complaints about men staring at her assets even as her whole video is a pathetic display of such assets; a reduction of all male-female relationships to dollar signs.”
Also in his statement,Powell dropped some basic knowledge as to the real reason Malcolm X was looking out of the window in the iconic image.
“Malcolm X carried a gun as he feared for the safety of his family and himself, and was aware he would someday be killed by political opponents. The image of Malcolm X looking out the window highlighted that fear. Nicki Minaj’s use of guns in her new music video speaks to the gun culture in our society today where gun violence is an acceptable norm.”
As we noted above, Malcolm’s picture was deleted from Minaj’s Instagram account, but was still on her website Thursday. “Lookin” will appear on her next album and a compilation album featuring Lil Wayne, Drake and others.
UPDATE … Thursday evening, Minaj called in to Angie Martinez’s show on Hot 97 to speak on the controversy: