NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lil Wayne says he doesn’t like New York and now one state senator is demanding an apology.
The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., recently told MTV News “Flat out: I don’t like New York.”
Maybe he forgot how to love the city that State Sen. Malcolm Smith said is the birthplace of the hip hop music movement.
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“New Yorkers are still very tough, very thick-skinned — it’s no question about it. One thing we’re not gonna do is be insulted,” Smith told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.
Smith said the comments outraged local fans and residents, who may just send a message to the rap star that he’ll have to make his young money somewhere else.
“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,” Smith said.
Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council founder Charles Fisher also said he fears that since Lil Wayne is from New Orleans, his comments could start an East Coast vs. South hip hop war.
“It’s the young people that may get the wrong message,” he said.
It’s not clear what prompted Lil Wayne’s comments, but he was sentenced to one year in prison, stemming from gun charges in 2009. He served eight months in Rikers Island before being released in November 2010.
“I can tell you as someone who has raise my family here, I’ve taken strong exception to the words ‘I don’t like New York,'” Smith said.
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