1. Artist Pierre Bennu Syncs Nicki Minaj’s “Lookin Ass N*gga” To Vintage Racist Cartoon (VIDEO).

    Like most headlines in this light speed media age, the controversy over Nicki Minaj’s confrontational “Lookin Ass Nigga” two weeks ago seems like really old news — yet feelings linger. Folks were equally heated about Team NM utilizing the iconic photograph of Malcolm X at the window for the song’s artwork as for its lyrical content, it seemed. Perhaps lost in the heated racial implications of the debate was the concept of artistic freedom. (That, and the fact, that Nicki Minaj is hardly the first rapper to ever utter the n-word a boat load of times in one song.) Still, just as Nicki is allowed to say what she wants to say in the manner she wants to say it, so are the people who listen to her music. Enter exittheapple.com’s Pierre Bennu, who put into action his own reaction to the song. "Art is a conversation,” says the filmmaker/writer/performer on his site. "If you’re an artist and have something to say, say it with your work. Here is what Nicki Minaj’s use of Malcolm X’s image on her new single/video 'Lookin’ Ass Ni**a' inspired in me." The password to view the video is “selfhate,” which obviously adds on to the statement that Bennu is making. Everyone is welcome, by the way, to keep the convo going in the comments section.

    (As a footnote, it's somewhat ironic that Nicki once shouted out Malcolm X on a "positive" 2007 song called "N.I.G.G.A.S.")

    (Photo: Pierre Bennu, circa 1999)


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