Ruffling a few feathers by using a photo of Malcolm X to promote her new song, "Lookin A-- N----z," Nicki Minaj addressed the issue on Instagram Thursday (February 13).
Though she seemed surprised at the backlash, the "Starships" rapper began, "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 A-- N----z? 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 A-- N----z 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."