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Nicki Minaj is apologizing for offending some over the artwork for her single “Lookin A-- N-----.” The cover art features an image of civil rights leader Malcolm X holding an M1 carbine.
The image is the same as the one featured on Ebony magazine’s cover in 1964, but Minaj has taken to Instagram to tell her fans this is not the official artwork.
“What seems to be the issue now?” she started off in the caption of the post. “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-----?”
“Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single,” she added. Minaj goes on to say the artwork 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.”
According to USA Today, Minaj also explained in the video for the song, she’s shooting a gun. However, she thought the “iconic” image of Malcom X would be better suited for the single’s cover art.
“Lookin A—N-----" will appear on her upcoming album The Pink Print.
image courtesy of ABC