Hip-Hop Going Too Far: What Was Nicki Minaj Thinking?

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According to Billboard, “‘Lookin’ Ass Ni–a'” is reported to be featured on [Nicki Minaj's] upcoming album, “The Pink Print,” and also appear on upcoming Young Money compilation, ‘Rise of An Empire’ (March, 2013).”

While promoting the video’s release, Nicki Minaj posted this photo on her Instagram account. The image led to harsh criticism from those who believe it disrespects Malcolm X, a martyr who lost his life in pursuit of justice and equality for people of color. The photo has since then been removed from the rapper’s Instagram account.

Is it only us or does it seem that hip-hop continues to go too far in its disrespect of African American history and leaders? Did Nicki Minaj cross the line? And why do this during Black History Month of all times?

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  2. Mind Booty and Soul

    February 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    At this point, we have to realize that many of the current members of Hip Hop are purposely degrading the legacy of our race by assassinating our heros within the social media landscape. Because there’s no current legal repercussions, it’s easy to post derogatory images one day and apologies the next day. The question that we must ask ourselves is why. Why are our entertainers purposely degrading our legacy?

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