Nicki Minaj found herself in some seriously hot water this past weekend with the release of a new video. The rapper, 31, debuted the lyric video to her song “Only” on Friday, Nov. 7, and with it, got a healthy dose of controversy.
Minaj’s latest offering is a raunchy collaboration with Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. While the lyrics push enough boundaries to raise some eyebrows, the performer made waves with the accompanying video.
The old-fashioned illustrated clip depicts Minaj as an army-leading dictator of sorts, surrounded by subjects and servants. A seemingly swastika-inspired symbol adorns flags and signage as Minaj directs her army.
“Only” leads to shots of tanks and rows of army fighters, before showing fighter jets, explosions, and military garb, such as hats and jackets.
The video received a swift and angry reaction from viewers who interpreted the drawings as Nazi imagery. Though the clip remains online, Minaj took to Twitter on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to apologize for the video — admitting her mistake on a national holiday that honors those who fought in wars, including World War II.
“The artist who made the lyric video for ‘Only’ was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called Metalocalypse & Sin City,” the “Anaconda” performer began. “Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish.”
“I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone,” Minaj added. “I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”
Watch the controversial clip above.
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