Yesterday Nicki Minaj premiered her new video for a single off her upcoming album, The Pink Print. Nicki looked amazing in the video; she resurrected the 2007 Nicki that we all love. I appreciate her quirky style, off-the-wall outfits and rainbow colored wigs but the reason why I gravitated towards Nicki is because she is a tongue-in-cheek spitfire with an unapologetic, in-your-face attitude you don’t often get from female artists. The video for her new single Lookin’ Ass N*gga featured Nicki slithering around on a chair in what appeared to be the middle of a desert. She looked great with black hair (and a more natural hairstyle) plus her makeup was flawless. She reminded me of the young Nicki from Jamaica, Queens. What I’m confused about though, is the picture featured on the single cover (below). The picture features an image of Malcolm X looking out the window with an M1 Carbine in hand. My qualms with the image are that it implies that Malcolm himself was a “lookin’ ass n*gga,” which is an insult to everything Malcolm stood for. I read Malcolm X’s autobiography; I understand the man came from humble beginnings and did his own share of wrong-doing but towards his death, he had reformed his life, converted to Islam and became a poignant figure in the Civil Rights Movement. I get what Nicki was trying to convey…but it was done in the wrong way. I think Malcolm’s image was supposed to signify that he was checking for “lookin’ ass n*ggas,” and not that he himself was one. Although controversy for ANY musician is inevitably a good thing [more attention = great publicity] she should have rethought her usage of the image because it’s obviously very easy to misconstrue. Nicki is no stranger to controversy and is often voicing her opinions [and getting stones thrown because of them] via Twitter. I respect her for refusing to hold her tongue on issues like women’s treatment in the media and gender roles. I’m sure she will be issuing a statement explaining WHY she felt that the image was fitting for the single.
What do you think of Nicki’s new single cover? Did she go too far?