Yesterday, a 1 minute clip from the set of the "God Bless Amerika" video shoot (also above) saw Lil Wayne standing and walking over the U.S. flag. We have yet to see the context exactly, but naturally just the act alone will get people up in arms. I mean, no matter the context, what circumstance makes it right to desecrate the flag like that?
Today, Lil Wayne addressed that context and the controversy as a whole with this statement to Karen Civil. What do you guys think?
It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America. I was shooting a video for a song off my album entitled “God Bless Amerika”. The clip that surfaced on the Internet was a camera trick clip that revealed that behind the American Flag was the Hoods of America. In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal what is behind it but will never see it on the ground. In most people eyes including my own who were raised in that environment, the Hood is the only America they know and the only America I knew growing up. I was fortunate from my God giving talents to escape the Hood and see the other beautiful places this country has to offer but most people who are born in that environment don’t get that chance. That’s their view of their America. That was Dwayne M Carter from Hollygrove New Orleans view of America. That’s who I’m speaking for in this song.
"Amerikaz Most Wanted" covers XXL with their summer tour... umm... "Amerikaz Most Wanted" set to kick off this month. Wayne, Tip, and 2 Chainz all have individual covers as well below. Chicago is also represented with what looks like a feature on Chance The Rapper!
After the release of the "Bugatti Freestyle" by Lil Wayne this morning, the buzz started to accumulate because of the new remix and the last 30 seconds. Welp, DJ Drama confirms there is a Dedication 5 indeed on the way while politely asking for our patience. Dig the announcement and the etiquette.
DJ Khaled "No New Friends" f/ Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne [Music Video]
off the upcoming album, 'Suffering From Success'
The "No New Friends" video has hit the interwebs after premiering on the MTV networks this morning. The big question: how does Drake's DaDa fashion come across in the video? Does the "May 15 1996" VHS style overlay make a difference? (Naw.) It's kind of odd how scenes were both current and from 1996 (when none of them knew each other). I get what they were trying to do, but I think it falls a little short. What do you think of the Colin Tilley-directed visual?