News: Nicki Minaj Battles Controversy W/ Open Apology: "The Word 'N*gga' Causes So Much Debate"

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 6:03PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Nicki Minaj has come forward to speak out on the controversy she has generated from the release of her new "Lookin' A** N*gga" this week.

The self-proclaimed "Barbie" issued an open statement to address alleged artwork with Malcolm X attached to it.

"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*ggaz? 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*ggaz 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." (Nicki Minaj's Instagram)

She also shared some direct words to anyone in the Malcolm X family who took offense.

"I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word "n*gga" causes so much debate in our community while the "n*gga" behavior gets praised and worship. Let's not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you" (Nicki Minaj's Instagram)

The unexpected new track premiered online Wednesday (February 12) afternoon.

Nicki Minaj has been on a lyrical onslaught lately, dropping show-stealing verses on YG's "My N***a" and Young Thug's "Danny Glover" hits. Today the Queen Barbie goes solo on "Lookin' Ass N***a," a track that will be included on both her upcoming album, The Pink Print, and Young Money's Rise of an Empire compilation (out March 11). The venomous track comes complete with a seductive black-and-white video directed by NABIL, in which Nicki flaunts her au naturale look. (Miss Info TV)

Photos from the music video's set heated up the Internet a few days ago.

After sharing some behind-the-scenes pics last week, Nicki Minaj has teased her Barbz with a new round of photos from her mysterious video shoot. The busty Barb heats up the desert, rocking a clip-on ponytail and pasties underneath a black cutout dress by Mark Fast, Roberto Cavalli jewelry, and Versace stilettos. For her second look, Nicki wears her hair up in a bun and squeezes into a bodysuit by Luxe & Le'Bra, gold Moschino jacket, Louboutin boots, and more pasties. "Behind the scenes. Shot by @grizzleemusic," she wrote on Instagram. (Rap-Up)

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