Nicki Minaj Apologizes After New Single Cover Art Angers Fans

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Nicki Minaj has never been one to stray away from controversy, but this time she owned up to her mistake.

After using a photo of Malcolm X holding a gun and peeking around a corner on the cover of her new single, "Lookin A** N*gga," fans lashed out, blasting the cover art all over the internet, according to

For the most part, fans considered the pic's placement on the cover of the expletive-filled song to be disrespectful; The iconic photo was taken at the civil rights leader's Queens home after he left the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated just five months later.

Nicki soon caught wind of the backlash and addressed fans, writing on Instagram Thursday, "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," she continued. "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."

After Nicki posted her apology though, the photo was still up on her site as of Thursday afternoon.

The song will be included on Nicki's upcoming album "The Pink Print."

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