News: Lil Wayne Makes Very Important Change To "Amerika" Music Video [Video]
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 3:45PM
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne made a conscious decision to limit, if not totally eliminate, backlash for his new "God Bless Amerika" music video by completely ridding it of his flag-stomping incident.
Despite the original footage showing Weezy stepping over the US flag, the long-awaited music video is clearly edited.
Lil Wayne has decided ... the images of the rapper trampling the American flag during a music video shoot were NOT good enough for the final cut ... 'cause they've been edited OUT of the final version. Just last month, Wayne caught a TON of heat during the filming of the video for his new song "God Bless Amerika" when a giant American flag was dropped on the ground -- only to be walked all over by Wayne. Wayne insisted he didn't step on the flag on purpose ... but he didn't really have an excuse for dropping the flag on the ground in the first place (a major no-no). But when the final cut for "God Bless Amerika" was released yesterday, the unpatriotic images didn't make the cut ... and during the flag dropping scene, the shot is edited in a way that you never see Old Glory touch the ground. (TMZ)
While the video was initially pulled from most websites, some write-ups gave readers an idea of what the clip has to offer.
Lil Wayne released the video for "God Bless Amerika" on Monday night, a clip full of images of Wayne's native Hollygrove, New Orleans. The community, still devastated by 2005's Hurricane Katrina, serves as a poignant reminder of the failures of America's government to rehabilitate impoverished communities that were damaged by the monstrous storm. The video suggests that it's not all that hard to draw a line from Kanye West's criticism at the time ("George Bush doesn't care about black people") to the continued travesty that is the reality of life on the ground in Hollygrove. (Huffington Post)
A few days ago, the clip's teaser started to make its way across the Internet.
Lil Wayne shows his stars and stripes in the video for "God Bless Amerika," a cut off his album I Am Not a Human Being II. The Eif Rivera-directed clip was shot in his hometown of New Orleans last month. Weezy sports a "Jesus Saves, I Spend" tank top and Trukfit hat as he performs in front of an American flag on the streets of Hollygrove. (Rap-Up)
Around mid-June, Weezy F. Baby said the whole flag-stomping incident was a misunderstanding.
"I didn't step on the flag on purpose! It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it's just there as I perform," Wayne tweeted Tuesday (June 18). (Lil Wayne's Twitter)
Check out Lil Wayne's "God Bless Amerika" music video: