A recent comment by Lil Wayne has landed the rap superstar in the crosshairs of none other than a New York state senator, but it's not foul or violent language that's caused the trouble. Instead, Weezy has come under fire for being frank in a recent interview about his distaste for the Big Apple.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, who represents the borough of Queens, held a press conference yesterday to condemn Weezy's statement and demand an apology. Speaking to MTV News earlier this week, Wayne remarked that "Flat out: I don't like New York" while discussing his recent appearance there to join Nicki Minaj on stage for her free Roseland Ballroom show.
"I take strong exception to the words 'I don't like New York,'" Smith said at the press conference, adding that he was “angry," "taken aback" and "shocked" by Wayne's diss. "If you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York. You don’t have to sell your products here. And perhaps we won’t come to your concerts," he said.
Weezy has a touchy history with NYC, given that he was arrested after his first show in Manhattan in 2007 and later sentenced to 10 months at the city's Riker's Island Penitentiary. Nevertheless, Smith demanded an apology from the YMCMB boss, suggesting that his remarks were the result of a "lapse in mental judgment."
"New Yorkers are forgiving people," he said. "We're prepared to forgive Lil Wayne if in fact he makes a sincere apology."
So far, Wayne has stayed mum on the matter.
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