By Scotty Reid
Earlier in the day I wrote a piece giving my opinion on the latest track from the slave-ship-hop artist known as Nicki Minaj who used the iconic image of Malcolm X in association with music masquerading itself as hip-hop. The piece was not so much as an attack on Minaj but an attack on the industry that created her and demands the slop-hop she produces. Well Nicki Minaj has responded via instagram to critics.
“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.”
Maybe Nicki Minaj does not know that images accompanied by few words for context can be interpreted many different ways. Since Malcolm X is the one looking out the window, it could be interpreted as Minaj calling him the “Lookin’ Ass Nigga”. She does confirm what I stated in my earlier piece when I said Nicki Minaj is promoting violence and hate within the Black community as she confirms it by saying “I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz”.
I also asked the question in a meme on whether or not those who created her fake gangsta image where trying to pawn her off on our youth as some kind of militant revolutionary. Judging from her words she is comparing herself to the man who was a big part of kicking off the 60s era Black Liberation movement.
Is Minaj saying that she is ready to kill men who lie on the size of their dicks? Is she saying she is ready to kill those looking at her ass even though the industry has her showing her ass at every opportunity? Is she saying she is ready to kill those who do not have enough money in the bank to afford high-priced hoetry? I could go on breaking down the lyrics spelling out those who Nicki Minaj says she is ready to kill but I will stop there.
I did not want to pull a Spike Lee watching a racist suspect Quentin Tarantino film to see how many times the word nigger or nigga is used in Minaj’s track “Lookin Ass Niggas”. Nicki says, “The word “nigga” causes so much debate in our community while the “nigga” behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not.”
That tells us the frequent use of the word “Nigga” was a deliberate attempt by her to generate buzz but if she is really ready to debate and not just about the use of “nigga” but the “nigga behavior” she claims she is calling out while engaging in the same, then I suggest she sit down and host a public forum and debate former Green Party candidate and activist Rosa Clemente who started a petition and had some pretty strong words for the rapper.
“Let’s stop Nicki Minaj, Young Money and their record labels from dishonoring the life and contributions of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. I am asking anyone who is a lover of HIP HOP culture and who respects Black history to please sign this petition and force Nicki, Young Money and their record levels to take this down immediately. We cannot allow this to happen. As well please pledge not to buy ANY of their products and or work with them.” – Rosa Clemente
As the manager of the Black Talk Radio Network and one of the producers of Militant Minded Radio hosted by hip-hop artist Yasin 360 Wise, the door is open for both Rosa Clemente and Nicki Minaj to have a public debate on the issues Minaj says she is trying to raise. We will reach out to both.
As far as Ms. Minaj’s interpretation of Malcolm X’s legacy goes….
“Only a fool would allow his enemy to teach his children” – Malcolm X