Nicki Minaj blasted for use of Malcom X image

By Drum Digital
17 February 2014

The rapper released a new song a few days ago and the cover art set the Internet on fire.

Rapper Nicki Minaj is in hot water with Malcolm X’s family.

Nicki Minaj drew criticism from the family and estate of Malcolm X  and fans after using a photo of the slain civil rights leader to accompany her new single, "Lookin Ass N---a."

Minaj had posted artwork that used a photo of Malcolm X looking out a window while holding a large rifle to promote the song on her website and Instagram.

“Ms. Minaj's artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X's legacy," Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz said in a statement to the Associated Press.

An attorney for the estate and family threatened legal action if the photo was not removed.

The photo shows Malcolm X trying to protect his family from death threats after his home had been firebombed.

"For his image to be misused this way, it's despicable," Jacob Morris, head of the Harlem Historical Society, told the New York Daily News. "It’s disgraceful to attach the n-word to him – flat out."

- AP

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