Minaj released a lyric music video for the song which premiered close to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 76th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, which marked the start of the Holocaust. The militaristic animated short was directed by Jeff Osbourne and depicts animated versions of Minaj, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Chris Brown amidst Nazi-inspired imagery and flags emblazoned with 'YM' (representing Young Money).
The video provoked an immediate backlash, with many calling the clip anti-semitic and insensitive. The Anti-Defamation League's National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman lambasted the promo saying: "Nicki Minaj's new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism."
Drake, who is Jewish, was also criticized for his involvement in the visual.
Minaj addressed the criticism, saying: "The artist who made the lyric video for "Only" was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called "Metalocalypse" & Sin City." Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends and videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish."
"I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone," she added. "I'd never condone Nazism in my art."