Nicki Minaj Slams Critics of Her Controversial New Track

YMCMB rapper says some people are "glad" she recorded, "Lookin A-- N---a."

Posted: 02/18/2014 11:20 AM EST
Nicki Minaj, Malcolm X

Nicki Minaj's use of Malcolm X's image for her "Lookin' A-- N---a" cover is still stirring up controversy, but that doesn't mean all of the responses to the song have been negative.

During a Valentine's Day interview on DJ Whoo Kid's Shade 45 radio show, Minaj shared some of the positive reactions she's received, and announced her hope to put together a "classic" album. 

"All the real n----s I know f--k with the song, so, if you b-----n' about the song, somethin' ain't right," she maintained. "I'm talkin about real n----s been textin' me like, 'Yo, I'm so glad you gettin' these n----s' asses!' I'm talkin' about n----s that really move weight, you know what I'm sayin'? It's crazy, so I don't know...if you've got a problem with it, you guilty of somethin'."

The Detail-produced track will appear on Minaj's The Pink Print, and has already spawned two rebuttals — one from Trey Songz and a second from Cassidy — in addition to backlash from the family of Malcolm X. 

"Ms. Minaj's artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X's legacy," Malcolm's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz said in a statement to the Associated Press, Friday (Feb. 14), reiterating that Minaj's use of the artwork was in no way approved by or associated with the estate of the late civil rights leader. Shabazz and her sister, Malaak are co-administrators of their father's estate. 

The company in charge of licensing and merchandising for the Malcolm X estate called Minaj's use of the 1964 photo "dehumanizing" and further scolded the 31-year-old rapper. "This is a family photo that was taken out of context in a totally inaccurate and tasteless way," CMG Worldwide CEO Mark Roseler said on behalf of the family. 

A lawyer representing the family demanded that the photo be removed immediately, warning that "failure to do so within the next 24 hours will result in legal action."

Minaj already had removed the photo from her Instagram page and apologized for the cover the day before the warning was published, but the image was still posted to her website. According to the Young Money Barbie, the image was meant to depict the vibe of the song. "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----z? Well, I apologize," she wrote on her IG. 

She added that the image was never "official artwork" and noted her "respect" and "adoration" for Malcolm X and his family.

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