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Lil Wayne angered a lot of people in the Big Apple when he told MTV that he flat out doesn't like the city. Weezy is still heated over his 2010 incarceration in Rikers Island on gun charges, but that didn't stop him from recently performing in the city.
Sen. Malcolm A. Smith, who represents Queens, New York thinks the rapper should apologize or stay out of the city.
"I come from Hollis Queens which is the home of hip hop. And quite frankly my response to Lil Wayne, which is on behalf of the 50 million tourists who come here and make New York City their home two weeks out of the year. The 8 million people that live here and work hard to raise their family here. If he doesn't like New York, perhaps he shouldn't come here," Smith told TMZ.
Smith also added that New York shouldn't support Wayne if that's the way he feels.
"Perhaps we in New York shouldn't support the products that he has," Smith continued. "I mean he's insulting people like Jay-Z who has done so many endearing songs about New York. Frank Sinatra just to get historical. And I would hope that Nicki Minaj who lives in Queens, the are I represent. I hope that she would whisper to Lil Wayne that perhaps maybe he should think a little more about what he says. And maybe he should be a little more thoughtful about what he says."
Sen. Malcolm A. Smith
The Senator said that if Wayne apologized he would be willing to listen.
"I'm calling on an apology," Smith said. "I'm hoping that he apologizes. I would be more than happy to sit down and listen to his apology. New Yorkers are people that have forgiving hearts. But quite frankly we're not gonna let someone come here and make a living off all the New Yorkers and tourists here and then basically say 'I don't like New York.'"
Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg also spoke out about Wayne's comments.
"Listen, this is a great lesson to the kids," Rosenberg said. "Do not get high and go skateboarding. Because you may fall off your skateboard and say something crazy. I would never publicly diss and entire city no matter how bad your personal experience was. Let alone the city that birthed hip hop."
Rosenberg went on to say that hip hop heads in New York feel disrespected by what Wayne said.
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