As reported earlier Nicki Minaj was under heat for using the iconic photo of Malcolm X peering out a window for the cover of her new single, "Looking Ass [N-Words]." Many thought putting the N-word under the civil rights leader's photo was the wrong move, especially during Black History Month. 

Even though the picture has since been removed, earlier today (Thursday) Nicki took to her Instagram account to to offer a lengthy statement saying the artwork was "in no way to undermine [Malcome X's]  efforts and legacy." The 31-yea-old rapper continued, "I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. ... I have nothing but respect (and) adoration for u."

Even though Nicki seemed sincere in her apology she seemed a little pissed that people were making a big deal about it. "What seems to be the issue now?" she asked. "Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass [N-word]? 'Lookin' is male-bashing song. The photo of Malcolm X holding the rifle was taken when he was trying to protect his family from death threats."

A petition on was issued Thursday, encouraging the rapper to change the cover artwork.