Lil Wayne on Black Lives Matter Movement: ‘What Is It?’

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Lil Wayne said in a new interview that he doesn’t “feel connected” to the Black Lives Matter movement in a bizarre and expletive-laced rant that began with him asking a reporter what she’s talking about.

The Lollipop rapper was asked to address his thoughts on the black activist-driven social justice movement during an interview on Nightline.

“What is it? What—what do you mean?” he asks. His interviewer explains that the idea behind the popular campaign is for all of America to understand that the lives of black people matter.

“That just sounds weird,” the artist says. “I don’t know, that you put a name on it. It’s not a name. It’s not, ‘whatever, whatever.’ It’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a f—-d up reason.”

Lil Wayne then goes on to say that he’s young, black and rich. “Don’t come at me with that dumb bull—-, ma’am. My life matter,” he says. “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothing to do with me.”

Lil Wayne has previously said the message behind Black Lives Matter didn’t resonate with him because of his “blessings” and the fact that he has never experienced racism. “That whole wave just went right by me, way too fast to even give an opinion,” he told ESPN’s Undisputed.

While speaking to the New York Times last month, the rapper offered another obscure explanation for why he hasn’t been attracted to activism. “I believe there’s a bunch of different types of artists and musicians. To even notice what’s going out there — I’m trying to make these words stop popping up in my head, I’m trying to make them rhyme. I’ve got all kind of color lives mattering up in here — green, all kinds of stuff mattering. I’m trying to make sense of what’s on in this world up in here,” he said, pointing to his own head.

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