The block’s been extra hot for Lil Wayne on Wednesday after video of his Black Lives Matter rant on Nightline suddenly went viral last night. In the wake of the footage, Weezy has now apologized for his remarks and explained what he says prompted his outburst in the first place in a statement released to TMZ.
For those who may have missed it, the incident stems from the rapper’s interview with ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis last night on Nightline. The conversation was originally intended to focus on his new book but drifted into other topics, including his daughter and his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement. When it came to the latter topic, Wayne said he doesn’t feel “connected” to the rising social movement. “I am a young, black, rich mothaf***er,” Wayne spitefully told Davis. “If that don’t let you know that America understand black mothaf***ers matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
Of course, that didn’t go over very well on social media.
But, music great claims he was provoked since Davis was questioning him about his daughter. “When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated,” Wayne reportedly said. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”
Those questions he’s referring to were ones Davis peppered him with regarding his songs lyrics. The reporter asked Wayne, “So, your daughter, would you have any problem with her being called a bitch or a hoe?” Wayne replied, “Yeah, if they calling her a bitch or a hoe, I have a huge problem with that.”
Around the same time his apology posted to TMZ, Wayne shared a message on Twitter that perhaps his handlers were aware. In the tweet, he wrote, “Is intelligence always misunderstood?” as if to imply that maybe he had outsmarted the public in some way. What he’s attempting to convey can be left up to interpretation but neither it nor his apology will do much to erase his original words in the minds of many music fans. Not that anyone has ever looked his way for political or social statements, which also can leave people wondering why Nightline chose line of questioning in the first place.