State Senator Offended When Lil' Wayne Disses New YorkThis past Monday Lil’ Wayne dissed New York in an interview with MTV News in Las Vegas when he said “I don’t like New York.” What was probably just an off hand comment has since been blown out of proportion by State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, and turned into a political controversy. On Wednesday Smith called a press conference in Father Duffy Square between West 46th and West 47th streets to demand an apology from Weezy saying, “If 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.” State Senator Smith is apparently offended because his district encompasses the New York City neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, which he claimed, “is essentially the home and the origin of hip-hop.” While Smith’s actions in defending his state and district are honorable, his frustration seems a bit exaggerated and a desperate ploy for publicity. To that extent however he was successful, which has had the added benefit of helping to increase the discussion of gun violence within the city. In Lil’ Wayne’s defense New York has not always been the most welcoming of destinations. in July of 2007 Wayne was arrested for gun possession after his first concert in the city resulting in an eight month stay on Rikers Island. Check the Interview below.
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