Does Nicki Minaj Single Cover Disrespect Malcolm X?

Source: Brian Mansfield / USA Today

Did Nicki Minaj go too far by using Malcolm X’s image for the cover of her new single, Lookin A– N—-?

Many people thought so after the singer debuted the single Wednesday with a not-safe-for-work, Nabil-directed video. The single’s cover has Minaj’s name and the single title superimposed over apicture of the civil-rights leader holding an M1 carbine and looking out his window. The original version of the photograph was first published inEbony magazine in 1964.

“Say what you will about his days as Detroit Redhustling on the streets of Harlem, there is nothing N-word like about Malcolm X,” Alvin Aqua Blance writes at HipHopWired. “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.”

The single is slated to appear both on Young Money: Rise of an Empire, due March 11, and on Minaj’s forthcoming album, The Pink Print.

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  • thomasbone63

    Just goes to show you how ignorant and heartless she is.

  • Amina1956

    This from the idiot who ,when questioned about Trayvonm did not know he was murdered. She spends 2 hours to chad her skin color from brown to beige,

  • Norman Ebanks

    She can use the N word on her album cover and it’s not an issue in the recording industry. In fact it might be celebrated as “endearment.”
    Try that with the F word! She would be drummed out of Hollywood on the rainbow flag. Long after LGBTQ is no longer in the American vocabulary, we will still be fighting for voting rights.

  • RealityWatch

    People need to realize that these artist are just as dumb as their lyrics. I’m sure that this wasn’t her idea and like a big dummy she signed off on it anyway. But controversy sells right?