The hip hop world has been going crazy over the premiere of Nicki Minaj's new song "Lookin' A** N***a" since yesterday. Not only because the lyrics go hard but her single cover, which resembles a photo of Malcolm X, has become quite controversial.

She must have been getting a lot of hate because she took to her Instagram to post this picture with the caption:

"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 Ass Niggaz? 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 Ass Niggaz 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. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word "nigga" causes so much debate in our community while the "nigga" 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"

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