This Nov. 2, 2013 file photo shows hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj at the Power 105.1’s Powerhouse Concert at the Barclays Center in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj is being criticized after using a photo of Malcolm X with a gun in his hands, juxtaposed with a racial slur, for her new single.
Minaj posted the photo Wednesday on her website and Instagram page. It’s for her new song “Lookin (Expletive) (Expletive).” The title uses the N-word.
The rapper was bashed on social media for the using the image of the Black nationalist — who was assassinated 49 years ago this month — on her single cover.
Minaj’s personal rep declined to comment and a rep for her label, Universal Records, didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment. The picture was deleted from Minaj’s Instagram account, but was still on her website Thursday.
“Lookin” is male-bashing song. A music video for the track, which features Minaj shooting guns, was released Wednesday.