Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Wayne appeared on ABC News’ "Nightline" Tuesday night to share his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement. But first, he had to be told what it was.
“What is it, what do you mean?” said Wayne when host Linsey Davis asked about his thoughts on the issue. “I am a young, black, rich mother fucker,” said Wayne after Davis clarified. “If that don’t let you know America understands black mother fuckers matter these days, I don’t know what it.”
Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., went on to explain that the movement didn’t affect him. “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing,” he said. “That ain’t got nothing to do with me. If you do, you crazy as shit.”
Wayne also said he thought putting a name on the movement was “weird.” “That man is white, he’s filming me,” said the rapper, pointing at the cameraman. “I don’t know what you mean, man. Don’t come at me with that dumb shit, man.”
In September, Wayne discussed his thoughts on racism with Skip Bayless while appearing on Fox Sports’ "Undisputed." “I don’t want to be bashed, but I think it’s a message that there’s clearly no such thing as racism,” he said after Bayless asked him why so many black kids like rap.
When asked if he had ever experienced any “offensive behavior from any other color” the rapper replied with a terse “No, sir.”
“I’ve never dealt with racism,” Wayne told Bayless. “And I’m glad I never had to. I believe it’s gone, but obviously, it isn’t.”
Wayne clarified his comments in an interview with the Associated Press Oct. 12, where he explained that his feelings on the issue stem from the fact that a white police officer saved his life when he was 12 after he had shot himself in the chest.
“He was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man,” Wayne said in the interview. “I don’t know what racism is.” He explained that despite this and earlier comments to Bayless, there is such a thing as racism.
Wayne's lyrics tell a slightly different story than his recent comments.
“I was watching TV the other day, right? Got this white guy up there talking about black guys,” Wayne raps in Misunderstood on Tha Carter III. “Talking about how young black guys are targeted. Targeted by who? America.”