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Nicki Minaj- A letter from artikleblak- Malcolm X artwork controversy

Nicki Minaj,

Good morning, good afternoon or good evening. ūüôā

Like millions across the planet, I have been a fan of you, your story, your talent as a songwriter, musician and rapper for a few years now. ūüôā

I have two topics to write you about.

Malcolm X and Hip Hop.

Nicki Minaj controverse single artwork Malcolm X

A letter to Nicki Minaj . Photo credit- Muslim academy

Malcolm X was a man whom without, Hip Hop, as we know it, might not have been born.

Malcolm X is a world icon and Hip Hop is the music listened to around the globe.

I don’t I have to educate you on Malcolm X and/or the power of hip hop and how it influences on our youth everywhere because I know u already know.:)

With all due respect, I have to say your latest album cover or single cover threw me for a loop.

I am not sure who was in charge of the artwork and do not care because it was overly disrespectful to Malcolm X and his legacy.

A man who gave his life, the ultimate sacrifice, simply because he LOVED HIS PEOPLE.

I am not for certain if the following words are actually from your social media site?

“It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy.”

If they are, well you did undermine his efforts and legacy.

You did so by placing upon one of Malcolm’s most iconic images a caption that to many is hurtful and self disparaging. Simply¬†isn’t good because the facts are;¬†the youth are listenin’, the youth are watchin’ and they are highly highly influenced by what they see and hear.

I am talking on a global level and Hip Hop has power!

From the Jamaica Queens to the favela streets of Beetham ¬†Estate Gardens formerly known as “Rat town”, a stone’s throw from your own St.James in Port of Spain to the shantytowns of Ghana and the townships of South Africa! ¬†People are tuning in. Black people are listening. Yes Onika Tanya Maraj, your words and lyrics have POWER!

Young girls and boys, some very very poor, who look like you and I are looking for hope and inspiration and truly believe in a lot of the lyrics they hear and images that they see. ¬†Some probably think the words “nigga” and “bitch” are the coolest shit since Coke-A-Cola!

Instead of making headlines about negativity, let’s make headlines how Hip Hop was responsible for making the world a better place to live.

You can do this. Hip Hop can change the world.


Yours truly,


Nicki took to Instagram today to respond, and cleared up a central confusion of the image, suggesting that the title referenced the people outside his window, not the slain Civil Rights leader himself:

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


About artikleblak

Artikleblak is a panoramic color-consciousness of digital media connecting the African Diaspora throughout the world. This world is a massive environment and our images and stories and concerns are spread to sparingly throughout the planet and digital terra. People of color comprise 4/5th of the world's population. Yet we have to Google search and channel surf and scour the event calendars to find ourselves, whether it be a person, place or thing. We should nevermore let oceans, languages, religions, cultures or man-made boundaries partition us. Our humanity is to powerful to remain fragmented, lets make it ONE again. Sincere thanks, Artikleblak


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