By Phyllis Lynch
Recently during an ABC’s “Nightline” interview, Lil Wayne said some off-putting statements in regards to the Black Lives Matter movement. Wayne, who has previously called out police corruption in his music, blatantly disagreed with the notion that people need to be told that black lives actually matter.
“I am a young, black rich mother******,” Wayne said. “If
that don’t let you know that America understand black mother******* matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
He then proceeded to claim that the white cameraman film
ing him was clear evidence of society living in a post-racial era. This extremely problematic notion is nothing more than ignorant and inaccurate, which breaks my heart to admit because we loved Lil Wayne. We were his fans, we grew up listening to him and related, even if it was only vaguely, to his struggles, so to hear that he doesn’t share our values on equality for our people hurts.
Social media ripped the rapper a new one after catching wind of the cringe-worthy interview. Fans were outraged and rightfully confused after a video of Lil Wayne supporting BLM surfaced. He tried to undo the damning damage by initially preventing the interview from airing, then apologizing after its release and blaming his disgruntled behavior on the interviewer’s questions. Reporter Linsey Davis asked Wayne if he would want his 17-year-old daughter referred to as a “hoe” or “bitch” the same way he refers to women in his songs.
Davis didn’t offend Wayne at all, and defiantly not enough for him to be so combative towards her during the interview. Davis asked him a necessary question that I feel most rappers need to be prepared to answer. It’s no secret that hip-hop has an immense amount of misogyny associated with it. While we actively listen to artists who spew distasteful lyrics at us every day in the name of good music, these artists need to be held accountable for their heinous statements.