Months after Lil Wayne nearly had the entire state of New York demanding an apology, the Young Money boss now claims he did not realize his controversial remarks would spark such an uproar.
According to Weezy F. Baby, he is unaware of the anger his comment made.
“I have to be honest with you, dog: All I do is work, and I swear to God, I don’t even know the reaction,” Wayne told MTV News on Thursday morning (October 18). “If I knew the reaction I’d know how to be able to answer that question, but I don’t know the reaction. I just say what I want to say, do what I want to do and f— who don’t like it.” (MTV)
Last month, Grand Hustle leader T.I. tried to comprehend Wayne’s remark.
“You gotta understand where a man coming from. I was in Arkansas. I ain’t been back since. I’m not saying I support anyone not liking New York. What I’m saying is, people who haven’t gone through that process of having their freedom taken from you and the whole process, the legal process, the incarceration process, you have to take all this into consideration. The people in the city, it could be the jurisdiction over the city. These stakes are too high and it’s just too difficult to move around here.” (Hot 97)
Fellow New Yorker French Montana shared a similar stance over Weezy’s comment.
“I mean if I was to go to New Orleans and catch a gun charge, I think there might be a point in time when I get sick and tired, and be like man I hate New Orleans,” explained French Montana. “It might not mean I hate the people, it’s that’s what I hate. Sometimes you might be like I hate Jamaican food, I’m not saying I hate Jamaicans. I think it go like that and I think that’s why nobody really got at him yet for saying that.” (Rapfix)
When asked about the Empire State last August, the rapper made his now-infamous declaration.
Lil Wayne has never been shy about expressing his disdain for New York, but that didn’t stop Tunechi from rolling through the Roseland Ballroom to rock the stage with Nicki Minaj. “Flat out: I don’t like New York,” Weezy told MTV News on Monday night while in Las Vegas to introduce his new line of sneakers with Supra. Wayne’s distaste for the Big Apple performances is understandable, considering it was his 2007 gun arrest after a NYC show that led to his 2010 incarceration. “You’re not supposed to leave it at, ‘Everything happens for a reason,’ ” Wayne said of how the failed Summer Jam set turned into a blessing in disguise. “I believe everything happens for a reason and then you make the most of that reason. I think we made the most of it last week.” (MTV)
Check out Fabolous‘ “So NY” Lil Wayne response below: