Rapper Nicki Minaj has released the music video for her new single “Lookin’ A** N*gga,” along with album artwork that some find offensive.
The petition says that photo is “disrespectful to the life and legacy of Malcolm X and all that he fought against and represented.”
There also has been an outpouring of negative reaction against the cover across various social media platforms.
In fairness to Minaj, she is not the first hip-hop artist to appropriate the famous photo of the late Nation of Islam leader. KRS-One posed in a nearly identical picture for the cover of his classic 1988 Boogie Down Productions’ album By All Means Necessary:
Still, this isn’t the first time Cash Money has been in trouble for disrespecting a civil rights icon.
According to the Associated Press, the picture has been deleted from Minaj’s Instagram account, but was still on her website today.
This afternoon Minaj used her Instagram account to apologize for offending the Malcolm X estate, stating that the controversial album imagery was never the official artwork and “Lookin’ A** N*gga” wasn’t an official single.
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