Nicki Minaj
The Young Money rapper's new track will feature on her forthcoming album, The Pink Print. YouTube

Nicki Minaj has provoked controversy after unveiling the music video for her new song, Lookin Ass N*gga, which shows her shooting guns and saying the N-word 108 times.

The Young Money rapper was called 'disrespectful' for releasing the expletive-filled song, which refers to men that pretend to be something they're not, during Black History Month.

In the black-and-white video, directed by Nabil, she shows off her famous curves in a revealing, barely-there, black mini-dress.

The three-minute promo see her gyrating provocatively on a chair in the middle of the desert before taking aim at "fake dudes" with her machine guns.

Fans quickly flocked online to express their views.

While some claimed she was simply returning to her hip hop roots after briefly venturing into pop, others urged her to stop using the derogative term to refer to black men.

"Radio play? With all that cursing and N word usage I sure hope not it will just be a bleeped up mess," one fan said.

Another wrote: "Do you understand why white people think it's ok to use the word now? This is black history month! Which made this song even worse. Go back and study slavery or look at what they did to Emmit Till I promise you You will never use the N word again. There is nothing positive about it!!"

Lookin Ass N*gga is the first cut from the 31-year-old star's forthcoming third studio album, The Pink Print, scheduled for release later this year. It also appears on Young Money Entertainment compilation album Rise of an Empire, out on 11 March.