UPDATED 11/2/16 4:40 p.m. ET: Lil Wayne is now offering up an explanation for his comments on his recent Nightline interview. "When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated," the rapper reportedly told TMZ. "From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses." The rapper came under fire for his remarks about his connection to the Black Lives Matter movement. "Apologies to anyone who was offended," he added.
See original post from 11/1/16 below.
Lil Wayne's Tuesday night interview on Nightline found the rapper sharing controversial thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement and much more.
When asked about Black Lives Matter, Wayne appeared confused at first. "What is it? What do you mean?" he asked. Once informed, he said that the fact that he is, in his own words, "a young, black, rich motherfucker," meant that he didn't have to be connected to the movement. "I don't feel connected to a damn thing," he said.
"My life matter," he concluded. "Especially to my bitches."
One thing Wayne did say he felt connected to was the Bloods, to which he claimed allegiance right before walking out of the interview. "I'm connected to this ******* flag right here," he exclaimed, pulling out a red bandanna. "I'm a gangbanger."
"I'm connected," he repeated, while standing up to leave.
This is not the first time Wayne's opinions on race have been controversial. Back in September, he said there is "no such thing as racism," citing the amount of white fans at his concerts. In a follow-up interview, he said having a white police officer save his life when he was a pre-teen also convinced him that racism was not an issue.
Reaction to Weezy's Nightline comments on social media was quick and vicious.
Wayne's fellow rapper Vince Staples had a lot to say after seeing clips of the interview:
Producer 9th Wonder pushed back on the social media roast:
In the wake of all the criticism, Wayne tweeted out to his fans Wednesday, "Is intelligence always misunderstood?"
Is intelligence always misunderstood?— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) November 2, 2016