Nicki Minaj Single Cover Features Strapped Malcolm X, Stirs Controversy

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The Nicki Minaj pregnant scandal is over.

This hip hop star is not expecting Lil Wayne's baby, so let's all just move on, shall we?

To the Nicki Minaj single cover scandal!

The former American Idol judge released both the video and the art today for "Looking Ass N-gga," with the latter featuring a photo of late civil rights leader Malcolm X carrying a machine gun.

The image itself was first published in Ebony magazine in 1964 - and many are shocked Minaj has reused it.

Nicki Minaj Singer Cover

"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, adding:

"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."

Many on Twitter share Blance's consternation and criticism.

Where do YOU stand? What do you think of Nicki Minaj's cover art choice?

UPDATE: Minaj has posted an apology on Instagram, writing:

“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 ‘n**ga’ causes so much debate in our community while the ‘n**ga’ behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not.”


She's black what do you expect from uneducated blacks. None of them speak a bit of English. So they find a job as a rapper where other blacks like their music cause they understand and relate. They have their own world. Do you think she or most rapper would ever have a good paying job where they actually contribute to this world in a positive way?? Answer is NO!!


america still behaves like kindergartens?


Is she even relevant anymore? I never thought she was.


Its not thought provoking whats so ever cus the pic has nothing to do with the song shes just being controversal for the sake of attention which is pathetic


Blacks commit 95% of all interracial crime in america against whites.Blacks are the biggest,vile racists on the planet.

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