After Lil Wayne said he doesn’t feel connected to the Black Lives Matter movement, he issued an apology.
The rapper told TMZ yesterday he felt upset about the Nightline reporter’s questions about his daughter.
“Would you have any problem with your daughter being called a b— or a h–?” Linsey Davis of ABC asked Wayne. The question followed a discussion on whether the New Orleans MC’s music is degrading towards women.
“I’d have a huge problem with that,” Weezy replied. “But I’ve never called certain females [out of their name] unless I got a real big problem with her a–.”
Afterward, the clip cut to another interview where Wayne shared why he felt misunderstood. In the final edit published by the network, Davis asks Wayne about his time in prison before venturing into the topic of racism and BLM.
“I am a rich m—–f—– n—–,” Wayne said of the racial issue. “If that don’t tell you Black lives matter these days, I don’t know what it is.
“I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothing to do with me,” he added.
Still, the rapper – born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. – maintained to TMZ his answers lacked substance after his child was brought up.
“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a b—-and a h–, I got agitated,” he said. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”
Wayne also extended “apologies to anyone who was offended.”
However, Wayne’s regret conflicts with his two earlier statements about race in America. He told “Undisputed” that attracting white fans meant racism no longer existed.
“I thought that was clearly a message there was no such thing as racism,” the 34-year-old said in September.
Then, he gave The New York Times an “all lives matter” response, proclaiming “all kind of color lives mattering up in here.”
Wayne’s initial reluctance to talk about the subject speaks to his young, white fanbase.
Rap Rehab pointed out that during his Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour last year, the audience largely fit that demographic. It also noted the change came after substantive rap dwindled in favor of music about a carefree narrative. One of Wayne’s newest songs is a feature on “Sucker For Pain,” from the Suicide Squad soundtrack.
However, should he get released from his Cash Money contract, new music could fall in line with his work with Solange. On A Seat at the Table, Wayne provided a guest verse, honestly discussing his mental health on “Mad.”