In a recent interview with MTV, Lil Wayne - who spent 10 months in Riker's Island on weapons charges in 2010 - made it very clear, telling the network: "I don't like New York."
And apparently that was all it took for New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith to hold a press conference in Times Square and call out the rapper for daring to diss his city.
Yes, folks, it's election season.
"I take strong exception to the words 'I don't like New York,'" said Smith, directing his comments at Lil Wayne. "You don't have to sell your products here. And perhaps we won't come to your concerts."Smith was born and raised in the city responsible for such hip hop stars as Russell Simmons, Ja Rule and Young MC; and in a statement to E! News, he added to his rebuke:
"Millions of New Yorkers listen to his music every day. His comments outraged his local fans and residents. The group today will be demanding an apology of the hip-hop star. Lil Wayne has had misfortune in New York with recent gun charges and a jail sentence."
Along those lines, Smith says he'd love to meet with the artist to discuss "how to stop gun violence in cities." And he'd love to hear a few certain words at that meeting:
"We're prepared to forgive Lil Wayne if in fact he makes a sincere apology," the politician said.
What do you think? Should Lil Wayne apologize?