Nicki Minaj dropped a new single called “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a,” that had the internet in a frenzy over the song and the single image cover using Malcolm X.

The photograph of Malcolm X holding an M1 Carbine rifle while peering out of a window is thought to be published in Ebony and Life magazine in 1964 (its exact origin is debated). The picture was taken in his Queens home, after he left the Nation of Islam, and would be assassinated a year later. Hip-Hop heads with plenty of years under their belt will surely remember KRS-One using the same pose (hold an Uzi instead of a rifle) as the cover of the Boogie Down Productions album By All Means Necessary. Official Hip-Hop purists will also note that Jay Z’s The Blueprint (2001) album actually followed BDP’s Ghetto Musi The Blueprint of Hip Hop (1989) album, which with Nicki Minaj ti*ling her next album The Pink Print means extra irony.

But the issue at hand is the use of Brother Malcolm’s image. Juxtaposting the words “Lookin Ass Ni**a” anywhere near the likeness of a man who is an icon and hero to many African-Americans, and progressive people in general, is uncomfortable. Actually, plenty of people see it as utmost disrespect. Also, we haven’t discussed the song’s less than savory and wholly unrighteous content.

  • torchi

    I can see how people find it offensive. I think she is reaching for attention with this. She should have just did the pose herself to avoid catching flack like other artists have done in the past.

    Although the song has some decent punchlines, it’s pretty much downing black men overall and now you are basically taking an iconic image and toying with it.

  • truthteller

    All nicki minaj songs she is either downing poor girls aka her fans or downing men smh…and we allow it

  • Greg4422

    I don’t see a problem with this…Malcolm was that nigga…faux outrage

    • MoorThugRelated

      B1tch nigga always cosigning fuq shit. I’m done wit Nicky after the lies about being lesbian. Muslims need to smash this bitch. This is beyond disrespect

      • Greg4422

        Wasn’t it the NOI that assassinated Malcom X? nigga do your homework…smdh

        • MoorThugRelated

          The nation of noise is NOT all or even the majority of Muslims. FOH

          Do yo homework.

          • Greg4422

            That’s neither here nor there…Islam, Christianity and Judaism…are all loosely based on teachings from Ancient Kemet… besides I’m a Deist…so none of it really means anything to me

  • NoJohke

    I wonder; does she know her history!?! That’s a ignorant statement to put beside an Black icons image. “Get Some Pride and Some Knowledge of Self” lady. It shouldn’t be all about the money and attention…..

  • LambronWontLie

    i find the statement very inappropriate

  • BzB

    shock value and sensationalism. not much different to me than when little wayne invoked emmett till as a metaphor for beating up poozy. these people value $$$ more than they respect our history. and her response would probably be that we’re taking it too seriously or reading too much into it.

    i don’t buy any of her music anyway so it’s neither here nor there for me.


    this chick giving the music industry exactly what they want….more ignorance to destroy her own race….as long as she earns a dollar,she could give a phuck less….yall should learn how to spot snakes…they come in all colors.

  • Proud Blk Nerd!

    Ignorant hood rat. Money doesn’t buy class…OR intelligence (now watch some clown defend this rat like some damned groupie…)


      @Proud….yeah but niggaz was feeling her video yesturday….as long as the bitch is half naked these guys dont care about what her true agenda is…this chick is only hurting the black image…for a fee of course.

  • Jack Napier

    “They don’t have to segregate you, or discriminate against you. They’re breaking you… training you to have no respect for your culture, your history. Removing the sanctity from your struggle and your progress. They don’t have to oppress you, or hold you down. You’re on auto-pilot now. And the sadness is that you don’t even know you’re driving.” –Yolanda Morgan

    • LambronWontLie


    • MoorThugRelated

      We need to hear that again.

    • JGoode

      +1 crazy