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Nicki’s Malcolm X Is A “Lookin’ Ass Nigga?”

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I might be the first blogger to say this, but I think Nicki Minaj is the greatest female rapper evaaaar! I’ve been a fan of hers since her battle-rap days leading up to transitioning into mainstream hip-hop. She even got a nod on my “Top 10 Hawt Chicks I’d Like to Bang” blog. (http://khalilamani.ning.com/profiles/blogs/top-10-chicks-i-d-bang-i…) (What an honor for her!) And this new, more au naturale look is beautiful! I think it’s time for her to lose the clown get-ups. Gosh darn does Nicki look 100% better like this? Hell yeah!

Having said that…

The hell was she thinking putting our dear brother Malcolm X—El Hajj Malik el Shabazz—our shining Black Prince on the cover of her new single, “Lookin’ Ass Niggas?” Are there any sacred cows in hip-hop? This ranks right up there with Nas & Kanye’s portrayal of Jesus on Rolling Stone & Nas’ “Hate Me Now” video. Epic fail! Faux pas! (Misstep) Pure f**kery and disrespect on an unfathomable level!

Yes! I read Nicki’s apology to Malcolm’s family and I read what she had to say about the picture and I’m glad she’s removed the imagery, but the damage is already done! Malcolm X belonged to a nation of black people who were either in the black liberation struggle or have read about his life. Nicki offended many.

Don’t get a brotha wrong! I understand the whole artistic thingy—you know, interpret the art, push the envelope, but hot dayum! This is either one coonerific idea she wants us to buy into or she’s putting Malcolm in the category with the Negroes she’s rapping about.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence or maybe she’s heard about the Loaded Lux vs. Hollow Da Don rap battle a few weeks ago, where Loaded Lux & Company came on stage dressed like Black Panthers, while holding that SAME picture of Malcolm staring out the window. But, unlike Darling Nicki, Lux actually incorporated the idea of uplifting the Black Nation in his raps.

(The Malcolm X picture on left at January’s rap battle)

But dissing niggas with a Malcolm picture?

I listened to the song and never heard a Malcolm X reference. This song is a new-jack “Scrubs” anthem—a dissing of the average Joe—the blue collar working man who has nowhere near the money she has, but likes to go clubbing and chips in for bottle & V.I.P. service to feel special on the weekend. (Since when can’t niggas share a bottle? We share blunts!) Even the brothas who are “ballin’ on a budget” (Star’s words)—flo’ showin’, fakin’-it-till-you-makin’-it, slangin’ grams instead of bricks—she threw a blanket over erry conceivable kinda dude in the club! And then she did the improbable! Diss the rich nigga who flew her to Dubai! (All I know is that if I ever get in position to fly Nicki or the local hoodrat to Dubai—she’s giving up ass on top of ass!)

It never occurs to Nicki that the Average Joes & Average Booqueeshas Barbies put their pennies together to make her rich. She don’ sat her phat-ass on the toilet-seat of party-going masculinity and took a big-ol’ doo-doo on us! (I haven’t forgotten our brother Malcolm! Just hold on!)

So here it is—Black History Month. Is “Lookin’ Ass Niggas” Nicki’s way of exposing young impressionable Barbies & Kens to Malcolm X? Indeed, Malcolm was “watchin’ for ni***s asses” (pause) who had turned against him because of what he had spoken about the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (fathering children by teenage chicks). Malcolm wasn’t in a speakeasy or afterhours joint poppin’ bottles. He had done that many years prior to joining the Nation of Islam. Malcolm was about that liberation life—having to watch his back from agent provocateurs, Hoover’s FBI Counter Intelligence Program (Cointelpro.) and Nation of Islam shooters that wanted his head.

In the context of watchin’ these “lookin’ ass niggas” so that they don’t harm you, I get that Nicki, but the imagery just doesn’t sit well with what you’re rapping about. Malcolm was really watching these “lookin’ ass n***as” to save his life! In contrast, Nicki is just clowin’ “lookin’ ass n***as” for admiring her steez/swag. She ain’t in fear of her life and that’s what makes the imagery so disturbing and blasphemous.

And this is how one of the “bestest” names in the game chooses to pay homage to a Towering Giant in Black History Month? Smh.

Dare I say, if Malcolm X were here today he’d be one jaded motherfucker (like Bill Cosby) behind hip-hop’s fuckery? He might even flip his famous phrase, “The Chickens have come home to roost” (referring to America’s violence against countries now being perpetuated by Americans on Americans) to “The Chicken-head has come home to roost!” (A diss to Nicki) Couldja really blame him? I’m jus’ sayin’… (I still love you Nicki and that was great of you to acknowledge your error! Movin’ on…)


Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One athttp://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12 Khalilamani@yahoo.com

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  • atlantahiphopshop

    N!gga you gay. (In Rileys Voice)

  • KingsCountyCrooklyn

    what battle rap days are you referring to, nicki isn’t and never has been a battle rapper?

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  • 7yoyo7

    It stopped reading after the first sentence.
    That was enough to notice that we’ll have different opinions.

  • ChiVa02

    “I might be the first blogger to say this, but I think Nicki Minaj is the greatest female rapper evaaaar!”

    And on that note, I’m out..

  • Pierre Elliott

    WOW—TO EVEN BEGIN TO HAVE A IN DEPTH CONVERSATION ABOUT SOME QUEENS CHICKEN HEAD HOLLIS AVE JUMPOFF—-

    IS BLASPHEMOUS.

    SIMPLE AND PLAIN.

    SHE IS WACK FOR DISSIN THE BROTHAS WHO ARE OUT HERE WORKING HARD.

    SHE IS WACK FOR DISSING MEN IN GENERAL.

    A FEMALE LIKE THAT IS IMMATURE, AND FOR THE MOST PART GET DRUGGED FCUKED AND LEFT TO SLEEP IT OFF AT THE HOTEL.

    WOW——-IM ABOUT TO MASTER MY ALBUM.

    SO WE CAN BEGIN WORK ON THIS BIGGER PROBLEM

    • GQ

      Aint nobody heard of you tho..

      • Pierre Elliott

        exactly I’m an unknown producer– to the masses but that will change

      • GQ

        We’ll see man

  • somethin wrong about startin this discussion the way you did. movin right along.

    This bish was out of pocket and needs hands put on her. She didn’t “introduce” the younger generation to Malcolm X, this bish has enough star power to do a real Malcolm song & the forum to push it to a greater audience than any other female rapper right now. Let’s not feign anger while simultaneously giving her a pass or justification.

    This bish said “The word ‘n**ga’ causes so much debate in our community while the ‘n**ga’ behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not.” And mofos really think she “slam-dunked” w/ that comment. This broad is the most coonin-est female rapper in history, wearing Blonde wigs, calln Black women chimpanzees & nappy-headed h0es. The only ones rewarding her are the puppeteers who put her up to this type of ish, the ones who determine what kind of music will be played..she is worshipped for her “n!gga behavior” and justifies it, blamin’ it on Black folk. So Black folk can’t call her out for putting “n1gga” and Malcolm together b/c Black folk use the word? This bish is WHITE in her ideology, the same as white folk who give Zimmerman and other murderers a pass cuz “Black people kill other Black people, what’s the big deal?”
    To conjure Brother Malcolm’s image and put the word N1gga beside him, then try to pretend you referring to the people that aren’t shown in the picture outside the window?
    Brothers, please don’t think real women are praising this broad cuz she tried to pass off the defamation of Brother Malcolm as feminist & empowering.
    I dissed her in 2012 for her house-n1gga statements, soundclouddotcomslash adopefemalemc. Paradoxical Diss-Did It On Em is what it’s called. Black men & women out here getting murdered for knocking on doors, tryna get help after a car accident, for playing loud music, for walking home from the store, and this bish defame Malcolm?? She need her @ss beat, simple as that.
    Her legacy will reflect a coon @ss broad who bleached her skin and her lyrics will be forgotten.

    P.S. Mr Amani, Black women are more than Booqueeshas and Barbies, please don’t diss Black women while feigning offense for her dissin Black men and Malcolm.

    • LD51

      Wow. It’s invigorating to know that there are still some real sisters out there. You seriously inspire me sister. Thank you.

      • rite on. Real sistas are hiding in plain sight everywhere. ‘preshate it, tho

    • Shawnie Brent

      I agree with everything you have said!

    • RBG4Life

      Salute!

  • Hey bitch,maybe theyre looking at u cuz theyre wondering y is maid tryna look like kilo dudes wife…..love,white girl. :)

  • Havoc Wreaka III

    COON on your head, the white owns y’all for real

  • Brindle

    She’s a true idiot for this one… using the “N-word” with Malcom right there in the pic… she new this would be controversial and that she’d take it back. The problem is not the marketing scheme but the fact that her mentor went through the samething (somewhat accidentally) with the Emmett Till comment, now they doing the same thing on purpose… COONERY…

  • yall niggas be wasting energy on these lame entertainers,there’s more important things to be outrage about.

    • Brindle

      you too slow to focus on all at once?

      • ha too slow,no im just intelligent enough to not waste my time and energy on someone who is not an important figure in society.

      • Brindle

        only “important figures in society”, but you read and commented on this non-important figure in society

      • yeah i read and do a little commenting on the idiots that are outrage,but im not writing paragraphs are writing an article on something that means nothing at the end of the day my g…

      • Brindle

        take your comment and your 2 responses and you’ve got a paragraph… no matter what, you look foolish, commenting that people shouldn’t comment…

      • im not saying people shouldn’t comment im just saying people shouldn’t overreact and be outrage about something that’s not important.nothing foolish about that.

      • Brindle

        its important because she has the attitude to do it out the open… I’d hate the day where AHH could print this and we had no opinion…

  • Ravi Singh

    gotta admit tho, chick’s a marketing genius!

    • Mec-One

      How did you come to this conclusion? If anything, websites are getting more hits but that’s about where it stops. Her stocks are not rising off of this …… There was no surge on iTunes or Amazon for her single ….. You had some people who tolerated her antics up until this latest stunt ….. We’ll see when her album drops ….

      • Ravi Singh

        cool. lets start w/ the fact that throughout hip hop there have always been @ least 3 female mcs all fans of hip hop could name going hard @ any given moment. now only 1 … that aint an easy feat.

      • Mec-One

        What point are you trying to make tho’? …….. It’s the machine promoting this ratchetness onto the masses …… If nicki would keep her clothes on and stop the antics, her shine would stop …
        Lil Kim destroyed her face … Foxy fat …… Rah Digga is off raising her family …… Remy is locked down …… and record labels are not supporting the rest of the females out here

      • Ravi Singh

        listen, that might be true, also for rappers thats all there is. right now there is nothing else if u want to rap & make money & u cant expect all folk 2 stay broke 4 principles. it just doesnt happen, especially seeing as most rappers come from nothin. . nonetheless she is carrying the full weight of female mc’s in rap right now on her back. no matter what you think of her or the state of hip hop. that cannot be denied. there are def other female mc’s tho. but like you said they dont get shine, and let’s not forget, there r many female mc’s out there also not getting shine that r way more ratchet than nikki minaj. i b on this blog daily. im not a fan of all her stuff, but it doesnt change the facts whatever ur feelins is towards her, shes holdin it down solo ryt now. there needs 2 b others 2.

  • Bryan Kyser

    Nicki don’t like NIGGERZ! Point blank! End of discussion –

    • Live Well

      That is true talk right there.

    • Pierre Elliott

      SMILE UP FO MASSA COON

  • Isaac Hayes

    @khalilamani Dude if you think she is the best female MC please let me know where you get your weed I need some of that. You are entitled to your opinion but I think your opinion is wrong.

    • lmfao..”please let me know where you get your weed”

    • right now there is only one female who puts you in the mind of Lauryn Hill and McLyte and her name is RapSody from North Carolina…she is under 9th Wonder’s label Jamla Records

  • Shawnie Brent

    I think this “woman” just set us back 400 years. Not that we have the damn acre and the mule but does it even matter? I really enjoyed your article and agreed on
    some points. I just don’t understand the need to take a word that was taught to segregate and keep us down as a word of endearment or used to describe black people especially Men. Nicki doesn’t love MEN. I really think she is a lesbian(which is fine) and has no respect for Men. I think her insecurities were very apparent in this video and the only reason why she took off the blonde wig was to express what? That it does not look good on noir film? or that she can’t be pop blonde white Barbie and use that word? I think this girl is lost and needs to stop bleaching the skin and stop sniffing the lace front glue because the only ignorant self hating Nigga I see is the painted face bamboozled slut shitting on our people especially in Black History Month! Malcolm I apologize for her!

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      your wrong – she has no power to set us back no time – the problem Is us negros are then only race that let people call themselves us – and not collectivaely telling them thieir not, like white people do – we let foriengers like minaj and Obama use our race as it they are one of us, to get into mainstream populatrity – no other race allows themselves to be done that way except us negros

      • Shawnie

        I really don’t see how my opinion was wrong? Nicki Minaj has a large platform to speak to millions of people to deliver a message. If that’s not power I don’t know what is.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        that’s not what you said – you said ” she set us back ‘ – and I replyed she “has no power to set us back” – she is not one of us, is one reason – another one is she simply has no power to set me back – or anyone else – except you, but your alone

      • Shawnie

        Whatever you want it to be butchcraig.. I’m not alone and I’m not gonna have an online battle with a nerd behind a computer screen.. You didn’t get my post so just leave it alone you ignorant fool.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        turning to name calling – instead of proving me wrong – is a acknowledgment you have nothing smart to say – you are alone – because when you said “set US back” – you’d been right if you said “set YOU back” – this foreinger has NO power to set anybody back except you

    • Pierre Elliott

      THANK YOU——–US SMART BLACK MEN LOVE SISTAS LIKE YOU…
      CAUSE YOU SEE HOW THEY ARE TRYING TO DIVIDE US.

      DONT NOBODY ROCK TO SLOW JAMS ANYMORE, AND NOW CHICKS WANNA FOLLOW THIS LOSER???!!

      • Shawnie

        Thank you for your reply! I listen to old slow James delft ices,rose Royce Ike and Tina ,Rock James ect. I grew up on great music. I love music that means something!

  • Live Well

    Nicki has always been the First Lady of Coon Hop.

  • Glasscut

    Nicki Minaj is garbage.. You guys keep talking about her is giving her power.. How can she even consider herself a rapper.. Please..

  • Übermensch

    “nigga” is a reclaimed term. no one is letting the oppressor use the word to oppress cuz the word is being used in a way that reclaims it. a reclaimed term denies the original oppressor language. nicki minaj is a black woman. she can say “nigga.” every time she does, she denies her oppressor his voice.

    her saying it 273 times in this particular song is important too. it reminds of the word’s presence in the rap community, and reminds of the oppression that was reclaimed via the rap community when the word was reclaimed, but asks how that community can oppress the women who were there when the term was ugly and enunciated with “er” as hard as a pistol whip. how can u stand to look at a black woman with an objectifying gaze when raps birth was a response to objectification, dehumanization, treating people as things so they can be ignored, put away.

    this is what she was getting at in her response, looking at the things in rap that used to mean everything to rap’s purpose, surviving through the struggle imposed on you. and realizing dem things have become things that support oppressive goals. ex: striking rich used to mean you got through and got yourself a place to reflect from now, but that got lost on the way and now its “look at all dis fancy shit an bitches an cars an drugz an niggaz an endorsements” which means “look mom im a brand” which means “look at me im an object again” which means “look at me as they sell me” with no awareness of impact, all droned out wit fame amnesia, talking bout gold chains like no other chain ever existed. all pseudo glory, no genuine guts.

    this shit got my attention cuz nick usually doesn’t help the issue, but shes talking bout oppression and womanhood here, and awareness. hope she keeps it up, maybe live up to that monster verse and her mixtape promise.

    • FatherSha_

      Nicki isn’t saying anything profound. She isn’t empowering women or denying the. “Opressor” his voice. She is dissing the average man. She is dissing our race as a whole by categorizing the majority of its men as “looking ass nuggas”.

      It’s obvious your a fan, but try to look past your obvious adoration and realize that if your a man, she’s talking about you in this song, and if your a woman, then she’s dissed you in her previous songs (stupid hoe, beez, sh**** on em).

      Either way Nicki’s star is fading and she won’t be relevant too much longer.

  • 5% Hov

    bullshit article, fake outrage, double standard for female mc’s…. Nikki is killing em

    • Vic Sage

      She’s garbage and so is her boss..” Mumbling dumb ass nonsense kills nothing but the ear canal…And yes I grew up in the age of real Hip-Hop I was born in 68′ so I clearly have a strong belief as to what I’m talking about; from Antoinette,to MC Lyte,Roxanne Shante,YoYo, Latifah?!” Garbage Minaj ain’t kill in’ sht my friend!!” Not a damn thing except what’s left that serves as the remainder of Hip-Hop in a literally sense..”

    • Prince Morgan

      As I female, honestly I can say that this article was not about her being a female rapper, in fact if you read the article carefully, you would notice he gave her props on her skills. What this article is about is the ignorance of using Malcolm X’s image the way she did. Honestly, with the screen name Garvey and his picture use as your image, I would think you of all people would get that my brotha.

  • Lorenzo Middleton

    It was silly from the get-go to have that photo released. Onika has a team of people who could all have said this wasn’t a good idea from the beginning. It was still released, and once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever. So the damage is done and no apology can take that away. I’m to believe they knew what was being done, but it gains attention – even if some is unwanted. An apology allows her to get back on the good side of many but remain ignorant in the eyes of those who know better. A very sad move.

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  • soyhiphop

    Ya’ll giving this bird ass hoe too much attention.. between lil waynes emet till line and this one theirs a strategy they do this on purpose theirs no suxh thing as bad publicity for these blood sucking demons

  • soyhiphop

    Ricl ross

  • ladynamor

    Why does this irrelevancy have a permanent spot on the front page? This is a nothing story from concept to final draft.

  • Vic Sage

    This generation is dumber than a door nail and secondly has no inkling of their rich history and culture enough to respect it but in every instance they get glance over it and move forth in the moment to disrespect it and not even bat an eye…” This dumb ass having no regard for Brother Malcolm’s legacy and life and her dumb ass mentor Lil’Wanye’s disregard for Emmett Till’s short life cut short brutally violently for looking at a white woman..” Instead of using the internet to upload the latest fight on the train why don’t you use it to search for an understanding of real people that deserve more of your respect for the lives they gave to enrich your own rather than the latest guitar hero of the week in this disposable recyclable (dare I say Hip-Hop..) of today..”

  • Mike Thompson

    With respect to the use of imagery it shows a total disconnect on so many levels. Meaning, as the article points out there had to be a team of people that could of simply said Nicki why use that picture anyway? But then again its so unfortunate that we have allowed racial issues to be numbed to the point where School Boy Q will say he doesnt believe in racism. Meanwhile young brothers are literally getting shot under a law that is allowing us to be killed because “they” are afraid of us. With that said.. I think 99% of the rappers in the game are just in it for the money and gone are the 2pacs that would have done more than wear a hoodie in remembrance of Trayvon. If Nicki can use Malcolm X and not think, and Wayne can beat the pu$$y up Emmitt Til, and Ross can spit “Trayvon Martin, im never missing my target”, then Tarrantino came make comedies about slavery then its no wonder Florida is getting away with these laws. It takes the people that people look up to, to bring a sense of respect and dignity to this topic. The more we desensitize and focus on nonsense the more the overt racism gets away with it. I think Pac would be ashamed of hiphop that goes both for the artist and the minorities that sold out and worked for the corporations who pump the music of gluttony meanwhile minorities have NOTHING close to what rappers talk about. No disrespect but if you listened to the last 8 years worth of top selling albums.. no one would have known there was a recession and black youth was out here dying. As far as they know.. it was all Maybachs and lookin’ as niggas. At the end of the day rappers can tell us to dream and spend big but they shouldnt ignore social issues. Like Jay can tell us to go to Nordstrom for the $400 dollar belt, but then the racism follows and we’re profiled. We’re going ass backwards..knocking down certain walls while ignoring the true problems.

  • Ralph Diaz

    Realest article I have read in a while.

  • Nehes Ba’a Rayay

    I have no respect for this “SATIYR” (BAPHOMET) Chick!!! she had an opportunity to make this right PUBLICALLY on a forum like 106 & Park and gave an Official apology in front of ALL of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz’s daughters and re-introduce to teens on who Malcolm was. she could have used her POWER, WEALTH AND INFLUENCE to make that happen…especially in a Society where a Northern Teacher opposed against “OUR” Children from learning about a ‘Great Man’ that advocated SELF-DEFENSE “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY”. and this happened during NEGROID HISTORY MONTH(You see how our Ancient Ancestors provide ways to ‘Raise the Melanin-ite Children’) she did nothing but gavesome LAME A** apology. I HAVE NO LOVE FOR THAT ” BAPHOMET CHICK”!!!! #STOPBEINGHUMANCATTLE