The 31-year-old rapper used her Instagram page to apologize to fans and others who were angered by the use of the civil rights leader's likeness.
"What seems to be the issue now?" Minaj wrote today, along with a super sexy image of herself shooting a gun from the video. "Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass N----z? Well, I apologize.
"That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single," she continued. "This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass N----z 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."
Minaj also used the apology as an opportunity to dissect the politics attached to the N-word.
She went on, "The word ‘n---a' causes so much debate in our community while the ‘n---a' 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."
Minaj surprised fans yesterday by unexpectedly releasing the song and accompanying music video for "Lookin Ass N---a."